Income and Jewish Connection Determine Who Can't Afford Jewish Day School

By: Esther Muslumova
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Affordability Other, JDS Research
2016 research conducted by the Berman Jewish Databank on the connection between income and perceived affordability.
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.