As I shop for gifts and prepare for Chanukah, I am often led to think about what gifts (material or otherwise) will truly make a difference in my children’s lives.  What will shape them and provide them with opportunities to become the best that they can be?  Personally, I have come to believe that one of the most important gifts we can give to our children is a quality Jewish and secular education. 

Now that the school year is underway and winter break is approaching, preschool families are beginning to think about kindergarten. Choosing a kindergarten requires analyzing and investigating what truly matters to you and your family. Excellence in academics is generally first and foremost for families. Along with excellence, many families also seek a nurturing environment grounded in teaching ethical behavior and critical thinking. Many (including myself) have found “second homes” for their children in one of the 14 Jewish day schools in Greater Boston.

To help families explore whether day school is the right fit for them, CJP has established the Discover Day School Program. Our Greater Boston Jewish day schools each possess distinctive characteristics, catering to a diverse set of students with different interests, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. The dual commitment to general and Jewish studies, shared by all of our schools, prepares students for the challenges ahead—in the classroom and in life.

In the coming days of Chanukah, guest bloggers will once again share their personal views on day school education as part of our special series on “Day School: A Lasting Gift”.  Check out the first post in this series here, and keep checking back for more!

Of all years, this may the one to consider one of the day schools in Greater Boston for your child.  You may be eligible for CJP’s Discover Day School K-8 tuition incentive program – check out to see if you qualify.

Happy Chanukah!


Nancy Kriegel

Assistant Director, CJP Initiative for Day School Excellence

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