Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, Chaim Adler | Berman Jewish DataBank , 2016
Income is an important factor in whether parents feel they can afford Jewish day school for their children. Not surprisingly, the less income people have, the more likely they are to say that financial costs have prevented them from sending a child to day school.
But income does not by itself shape whether people feel day school is unaffordable. Jewish connections affect the relationship between income and whether parents say they are priced out of day school. In general, the more Jewish connections people have, the smaller role income plays in their assessments that day school is unaffordable. The fewer Jewish connections people have, the more prominent income is in determining whether day school is beyond their means.
These findings emerge from a Berman Jewish DataBank analysis of 11 local Jewish community studies conducted between 2002 and 2014, all of them part of the DataBank’s holdings.
To explain the findings, we surmise that people with more Jewish connections are also more likely to consider and value a day school education for their children. Therefore, they reduce the role of income in their decision-making, or...
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