South Florida is home to a variety of private Jewish day schools. This is a blessing both for the students who receive a top-quality education and for the communities surrounding these schools. There are private Jewish day schools in Boca Raton, Hollywood, and North Miami Beach, to name a few. There are many benefits to having a private Jewish yeshiva day school in the community:
Jobs for Jewish Educators
When there is an orthodox Jewish day school in the community, there is a demand for quality Rabbis, teachers, and administrators. Jewish day schools encourage strong moral and ethical behavior and provide employment opportunities for those seeking a wholesome work environment. Additionally, Jewish educators, who may have previously struggled with jobs that required them to use sick days to take off for Jewish holidays, benefit greatly working in Jewish day schools that include Jewish holidays in the time-off calendar. This relieves the financial burden and stress from many talented people in the Jewish community.
Social Opportunities for Families
Parents and their children can more readily make lasting friendships when there is an orthodox Jewish day school right in their community. Opportunities abound for families to get to know one another and participate in community events. School functions and holidays such as Chanukah and Purim elicit parades, concerts, and carnivals, among other frequent events. All of these present time for families to meet other like-minded families and form meaningful connections.
A Boost for Business
Families don’t have time for long commutes and therefore look for homes near their children’s school. When there’s an orthodox Jewish day school near Hollywood, Boca, Miami, etc, businesses want to set up shop in those communities. Business owners know the economics of supply and demand and with a larger concentration of people living in close proximity, the demand for goods greatly increases. This demand motivates businesses to open stores that sell all sorts of items and services that families need. This is beneficial to both sides as businesses generate profit and families get to have all of their shopping needs met without having to travel far.
Volunteer and Alumni Involvement
Orthodox Jewish day schools emphasize volunteer work and giving back to charity as a top value for students. Helping out at home and in the community is encouraged and families in these communities gain the most. Having a Jewish day school in the community also allows alumni who still reside in the area to have many opportunities to get involved in their alma mater and help plan events such as banquets and bake sales to raise money to support struggling families living in the same community. The volunteers and alumni feel a strong sense of purpose and achievement and communities gain both financially and in spiritual merit.
There is Jewish education in Hollywood, there is Jewish education in Boca Raton, there is Jewish education in North Miami Beach, there are truly many Jewish schools in South Florida. A community that encompasses an orthodox Jewish day school is a fortunate community indeed and South Florida is home to many such communities.