The Cost of Jewish Education

nbn-cost-of-educationThis chart, put out by Nefesh B’Nefesh is pretty accurate from our 5 year experience here with public religious elementary school.  Our son has entered 7th grade in a private yeshiva and the cost is comparable to what the chart displays for high school.

Find out more about the educational benefits of Aliyah at the NBN site.

Costs may vary based on location and other factors (like private vs. public education).


Learning Hebrew with Stick Around

Last week while reading through some business news on LinkedIn, I came across Stick Around– language stickers for the home that can help us become more fluent in Hebrew.  Being a 3-time Hebrew ulpan drop-out, I was thrilled to see a product that better addresses my learning style and at a very reasonable price.  I’m anxiously awaiting my order’s arrival and will try to remember to report back to you soon on my impressions.

In the meantime, I spoke with the creator of Stick Around and after enjoying hearing the story of how this product came about, I asked him to share it with you too. So, here is a guest post by Amit Turkenitz, owner of Continue reading Learning Hebrew with Stick Around


Israel Education: Picking Your Battles (part 2)

Continued from yesterday…

Har Sadom

Later in the day I received a call from Yisrael’s 5th grade teacher asking why he hadn’t gone on the class trip. From the permission slip that was sent home on paper (we’ve yet to receive the electronic communications we’ve been requesting for 3+ years) we determined that the 5th & 6th grade boys and girls would be going together on this full day (8:30 am – 6:30 pm) trip to Har Sodom where they would see Lot’s pillar of salt wife, and Ayin Bodek Nature Reserve where they’d be hiking a moderate to difficult level trail through water and needed to bring:

  • Comfortable shoes for walking in water
  • Breakfast, lunch & snacks
  • 3 Liters water
  • Hat & change of clothes

We (along with Yisrael) decided that he would not go on this trip for the following reasons: Continue reading Israel Education: Picking Your Battles (part 2)


Israel Education: Picking Your Battles (part 1)

Olim parents of young children sometimes feel overwhelmed by the education system in Israel. Don’t worry, this is normal because it is different like most experiences in a new society, but because it can be emotionally difficult for our children it can become very stressful.

I know that I have preached in the past that one should not make Aliyah with the idea that they will cling to the customs of the society from which they came forever fighting those of the Jewish homeland. However, the following situation is an exception (in my opinion) because just like in the US (and I suspect other countries) future generations will benefit from positive improvements to the education system.

Yesterday, I found myself in two upsetting situations related to education.  The first occurred during ulpan when our morah (teacher) asked if anyone knew why Sarah (not her real name) had been missing class. A few of her friends explained that Sarah’s 1st grader was refusing to go back to school because of a bullying situation and the administration’s lack of response to it. My stomach knotted because I instinctively knew which school this boy must be attending based on our experience there 3 years ago.  Our morah knew of my experience and suggested that I contact Sarah and encourage her to fight the system as I had done – and added that if a group of parents got together and petitioned the school, things could improve. Continue reading Israel Education: Picking Your Battles (part 1)


Ma’ale Adumim Jr. High Registration

Parents of children in sixth grade are invited to learn about the city’s Junior High school options at upcoming presentations on January 15th (boys) and January 23rd (girls).


Date: Sunday, January 15, 2012

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: Eshkol HaPais Building ( behind the pool).

Principals of  the following schools will give presentations: Continue reading Ma’ale Adumim Jr. High Registration


Vocational Retraining Grants Available

Having trouble finding work in your field?  If so, I have good news for you!

Misrad HaKlita currently has funding available for a retraining program – you can get up to an 80% grant (maximum 7000 NIS) for vocational retraining.  You might consider advancing your current knowledge in your previous profession or choosing a different field of work if you have a hobby or other interests that could be turned into a parnassah. 

You must to apply via your Misrad HaKlita employment counselor (ask to speak with a “Yoetzet Taasuka”) prior to enrollment in a course of study.  

  1. Decide what you want to study.
  2. Locate a training program and ask the administrator to provide you with documentation of: Continue reading Vocational Retraining Grants Available

Successful Aliyah for Maale Adumim Teens

Maale Adumim-Yeshiva Tichonit
Maale Adumim-Yeshiva Tichonit

The City of Maale Adumim has just announced that it is taking steps to ensure that olim teens are provided with the tools they need for a successful Aliyah.

Following the excellent example set by Ulpana Tzvia for Girls, the Education and Absorption Departments of the Maale Adumim Municipality have worked together to develop a new and exciting first year in Israel, integrative program at the Yeshiva Junior High School in Maale Adumim.

The program offers: Continue reading Successful Aliyah for Maale Adumim Teens


Yisrael’s Sax Debut

A few weeks ago Yisrael began saxophone lessons at the Ma’ale Adumim Music Conservatory. Due to illness, delays in instrument delivery and instructor’s time conflicts, he had a total of 2 one-on-one lessons and one ensemble practice prior to last evening’s concert. Fortunately he has his father’s laid back personality so there wasn’t any anxiety on his part and no stage fright (unlike his mother).

His ensemble performed “London Bridge” and “Ode to Joy” (in the video below). Continue reading Yisrael’s Sax Debut


My Little Music Man

Alto Saxophone

Due to my limited Hebrew skills I wasn’t exactly sure why I was invited to meet with the Director of the Music Conservatory in Ma’ale Adumim this afternoon. It turns out that he heard Yisrael playing saxophone in the school orchestra and wanted to test his musical abilities. 

I was entertained as Yisrael sang the notes and scales he was instructed to (he never listens to me that closely), banged his fist on the desk to a beat, and patted his head & rubbed his stomach in circular motion to demonstrate his coordination – but was disappointed when he opened the saxophone case and discovered there was no reed so he couldn’t play (I’ve never heard him play). 

Continue reading My Little Music Man


This is MY Israel!

NBN is running a “This is My Israel” photo contest, but for my son, this video perfectly demonstrates why he’s so happy to be living here.

This video is of the birthday reception he received from his classmates recently, which paled in comparison to the “welcome home” he received on the first day of school. Continue reading This is MY Israel!