Some Hebrew Schools Decide to Go the Free Route

Start them young, they say, underscoring the value of a solid educational foundation. But in the world of Jewish education, such a firm footing may not come cheap.

With that in mind, several Chabad-Lubavitch centers around the country have begun offering free Hebrew school programs, using the incentive of a tuition-free experience to help ensure that Jewish children of all stripes have access to Jewish education.

In South Florida, the Highland Lakes Jewish Center, known as Chabad Chayil, offers a five-day after-school program for children from kindergarten to eighth grade at the Aventura Waterways educational center just across the street in Miami. Every day, 200 children from seven area public schools gather after school to pray together, learn about Jewish history and holidays, Hebrew language arts, conversational Hebrew, and the weekly Torah portion. They can also choose between ceramics or martial arts class.

And besides a one-time $100 book fee, the cost of the program is free.


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