My wife, Danielle, and I made the commitment to send our kids to Jewish Day School for one reason, and one reason only. But before I detail that reason, I’ll tell you other reasons that actually have no bearing at all on our decision.
No. The reason we have worked tirelessly for the last four years to ensure the existence and sustainability of San Antonio’s Jewish Day School that our girls love is because it is the only place in San Antonio where our girls are exposed to a balanced fusion of General Studies, Hebrew, and Judaics that will prepare them to enter the real world rooted in who they are while equipped with the 21st century skills they will need to succeed. Studies routinely prove Jewish Day Schools to be the most effective, long-term solution for ensuring the continuity of the Jewish people while excelling in the real-world – that’s exactly what we want for our girls.
The mixture of real-world skills with Jewish values, ethics, and morals is impossible to get at any public, charter, non-Jewish private, or homeschool, even with supplemental Jewish programs. Why? The answer is simple: TASA’s environment reinforces that you can be Jewish AND live in the secular world at the same time whereas the other options create silos. In one environment, you are only focused on secular topics while not reinforcing your “Jewishness”, while in the other environment, you are only focused on the Jewish part while ignoring the secular world around you.
I am confident that my girls, as well as the other students at TASA, will not find that duality of existence – they are firmly proud of living as Jews while learning the real-world skills and applications to succeed in the path of their choosing. In a world with both increasing anti-Semitism and intermarriage, we want to give our girls the best chance to continue our Jewish lineage into the next generations – that is why we choose Jewish day school.
-Aaron Sarfati, President of the Shmuel Bass Torah Academy of San Antonio