by Susan Sapiro

Why Family Issues are Private Issues

Imagine what our Jewish communities would be like if….working parents could volunteer at their children’s Hebrew schools or day schools during the week if rabbis didn’t have to be on call 24/7, and could take time to volunteer in their children’s schools, or programs for home-bound Jewish elderly if Federation executives were given a 4-hour workday once a month, so that they could spend the rest of the day volunteering at one of the social service agencies their organization supports.. …if your workplace partnered with your local JCC and your child’s school to provide a safe, affordable, after-school program, complete with transportation, so that you wouldn’t have to worry about what your kids were up to in the hours between when they finish school and you get home from work. What if your Jewish organizational employer offered on-site daycare, as the Ramaz School, a Modern Orthodox day school in Manhattan, recently did? What if your synagogue’s sisterhood helped to set up a community-based childcare network and referral system? As Herzl said, “im tirtzu, ayn zo agada—if you will it, it is no dream.”

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