Tal Bassali
Zehud Jewish Online School & Foundation Jewish Life Europe

Jewish Education – The Highest Priority


When Emma Freud, a columnist at the Guardian, asked her readers ‘What is your biggest regret?’, many of the responses were to be expected. However, she noted that there were many more regrets to do with schooling than she would have expected’ – meaning that many people regretted not pursuing a specific subject or not continuing their studies.

Other studies, such as at the University of Illinois in 2005 reached the same conclusion – THE biggest single regret that people have centers on education.

But why is education so high on the list? It is because education isn’t just about learning information. Instead, it is about discovery and identity; it is about learning new things about the world, and our place and role within it. Consequently, as parents who want to give our kids everything that they need, we must begin with giving them the education that they need.

We, at Zehud, strongly believe that Jewish children need to know about their Jewish heritage and their Jewish language, and those children who have access to schooling which provides them with quality and engaging Judaic and Ivrit education should be encouraged to pursue such opportunities.

However, there are many Jewish families in Europe, and beyond, who do not have access to Jewish schooling, or whose Jewish schools do not provide quality and engaging Judaic and Ivrit education. And it is often only later on in life when this significant gap is fully comprehended – and often regretted. And it is specifically for such children and families that Zehud – the online supplementary school for Jewish children in Europe – was created.

Zehud is growing year on year, and we are currently recruiting for the upcoming academic year (2022-2023). In particular, in the next week we will be hosting TWO Online Open Houses for parents to learn about the school, to hear from our Principal Dr. Adina Schwartz, and to ask any questions that they may have.

So if you are interested in registering your children at Zehud for the coming year, please feel free join us (see details on flyer attached), and if you know of any family for whom this might be relevant, I’d be very grateful if you could forward the attached flyer to them.

About the Author
Tal lives in Venice, Italy, in an antique Jewish Orthodox community that enjoys over 500 years of colorful history. She has fallen hopelessly in love with Jewish Europe and runs The Zehud Jewish Online School & Foundation for Jewish Life in Europe. Most communities today don't have a Jewish School, by virtually uniting smaller groups to create a critical mass, we have connected it with high quality Jewish education . Passionate about promoting sites of Jewish interest and Jewish personalities , Tal especially enjoys social encounters and hosts locals and internationals for eclectic Shabbat dinners. She has taken her management skills and applied them to various multicultural challenges, family life and even parenting. Tal believes in the power of the WE.
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