Adelaide’s Massada College in Administration

February 1, 2011 by Henry Benjamin
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Adelaide’s Massada College has been placed in administration and the local community is looking to the broader Australian Jewish community for financial help.

Norman Schueler pic: Henry Benjamin

Norman Schueler, president of the Jewish Community Council of South Australia, told J-Wire: “Hopefully we will find a way of drawing a line in the sand and starting from a new base. Jewish Australia should be aware that more often than not, the cream of Adelaide’s youth leaves our city to further their chosen careers in mostly Melbourne or Sydney and their success and presence in their new communities of choice frequently proves a worthy asset.”

When the school was founded 28 years ago, the Jewish population of Adelaide was around 2000. It has halved since then, although the population has been artificially increased with the presence of short-stay Israeli families mostly on Government IT contracts.

Schueler added: “We hope to know more within a couple of days…but the bottom line remains that we must to all in our power to ensure that Adelaide remains with a Jewish day school.”

Massada College caters for primary school children and currently houses around thirty students.

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