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    Office of Jewish Education Policy and Research

    We inform the conversation on Jewish day schools with
    foundational quantitative research on trends in Jewish day schools.


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    Enrollment Trends in New York Jewish Schools, 2000-2021
    Enrollment in New York yeshivas and Jewish day schools...
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    Taxpayer Savings from NJ Nonpublic Schools
    May 2022 Nonpublic schools save the government considerable money...
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    Meet The Team

    Gabriel Aaronson
    Director for Policy and Research

    Gabe Aaronson grew up in a military family, moving over 20 times and living in over 10 different states. He attended Jewish day schools in Binghamton, New York; Dallas, Texas; Silver Spring, Maryland; and Baltimore, Maryland.

    Gabe studies for a year in Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim in Israel, and went on to earn his B.A. in Political Science from Touro College. After delivering his valedictorian address to the class of 2009, Gabe returned to Baltimore to obtain his M.A. in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University.
    After graduation, Gabe’s first job was at the Orthodox Union’s Institute for Public Affairs. This was during the inception of Teach Coalition. Gabe worked closely with Maury Litwack and the state political directors to define Teach Coalition’s winning policy and advocacy approach.

    Gabe moved to Philadelphia for two and a half years while his wife studied at University of Pennsylvania. While there, Gabe served as Office Manager for the Jewish Heritage Programs, an affiliate of Chabad on Campus, for two and a half years.

    After his wife’s graduation, Gabe moved to the D.C. area and worked in both the FDA and the DoD doing compliance, IT, and process improvement work. While there, Gabe worked on the side as a journalist for the newly minted Kol Habirah local newspaper. His articles covered a broad range of local Jewish interests, but often focused on day school and tuition affordability issues. Gabe also released a fifty-page report on historical trends in Jewish day school enrollment in Maryland – the first of its kind in the U.S.

    In February 2020, Gabe rejoined the Teach Coalition family as a Grants and Systems Specialist. He helps schools and synagogues navigate and participate in government programs, and is heading several research and process improvement initiatives within Teach Coalition.

    In his spare time, Gabe likes to read, play video games, and write Data Governance Policies for U.S. government agencies. He lives in Pardes Hanna, Israel with his wife and three children.

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    Tzvi Kiwala
    Data Analyst

    Before joining Teach Coalition, Tzvi worked as a Space Manager for the US Social Security Administration, where he managed interior planning and construction for the SSA headquarters in Woodlawn, MD. He then worked as a Quantity Surveyor on public and private construction projects throughout Israel before joining Teach Coalition as a Data Analyst for its newly formed Office of Jewish Education Policy and Research.

    As Data Analyst, Tzvi’s work focuses on research and analysis of a broad range of critical data such as school enrollment, tuition, and government funding awards. This information gives us a deep understanding of prevailing trends in day schools and where best to focus our efforts on advocating for Jewish day schools.

    Tzvi received his Bachelors Degree in Architecture from The City College of New York, and his Masters Degree in Construction Management from Florida International University. A native New Yorker and then resident of Baltimore, he currently resides in Pardes Hanna, Israel with his wife and their three children.


    Research See all

    Update on NYS Jewish School Enrollment, 2023-24
    19 May 2024
    On May 14, 2024 the New York State Education Department released updated enrollment data for New York nonpublic schools. This data reflects the enrollment taken on October 1, 2023 for the 2023-2024 school year. Overall Nonpublic Enrollment. In October...
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    Report: The Cost of Securing Jewish Schools, Before and After October 7
    08 Jan 2024
    Executive Summary. After Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel, Teach Coalition surveyed its member schools about their security spending. Based on responses from 75 schools enrolling 10% of Jewish students in New York, New Jersey, and Florida, we conclude...
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    NY Enrollment Update 2022
    15 Sep 2023
    2022-23 Update on NY Jewish School Enrollment     In October 2022, NY nonpublic school enrollment was 420,725 – a decrease of 663 students (-.16%) from the previous year, a continuation of the overall trend of decreased nonpublic school enrollment in...
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    Nonpublic School Funding Dashboard – 2023 Edition
    07 Sep 2023
    Nonpublic Schools Program Dashboard – 2023 A downloadable dashboard of all nonpublic school funding programs in each state, updated for the 2023-24 school year. Funding categories include Bussing, Nursing, Scholarships, Security funding, In-Kind Support, and Other Support.  
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    Enrollment Trends in New York Jewish Schools, 2000-2021
    Enrollment Trends
    10 Aug 2023
    Enrollment in New York yeshivas and Jewish day schools has grown tremendously since the turn of the century, from 104,797 students in 2000 to 177,252 in 2021 – a 69% increase over the two decades. However, growth over the...
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    2022-2023 NJ Jewish School Enrollment Analysis
    Enrollment Trends
    04 Apr 2023
    2022-2023 NJ Jewish School Enrollment Analysis In October 2022, NJ nonpublic school enrollment was 155,075 – 2,884 (1.9%) higher than the previous year. This is the second year on record that NJ nonpublic enrollment has increased. Nonpublic enrollment has decreased...
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