Celebrate Ben Gamla schools


The Oct. 29 article Charter-school figure lives half world away is written as if the Herald were covering some sort of scandal. The story is not objective. For example, it fails to mention that Ben Gamla Hollywood received a “10” GreatSchools√ rating. Ben Gamla Kendall is an A+ school. Ben Gamla Palm Beach is accredited by SACS, the same organization that vets top universities and secondary schools.

Other schools that offer multilingual and multicultural programs are celebrated. Yet Ben Gamla is painted in a negative light. And when Ben Gamla’s founder, an observant Jew, spends time in Israel, that, too, is portrayed as somehow wrong. Focus instead on the achievements of Ben Gamla schools, the demanding standards they impose on their students and the fact that they have long waiting lists. The families that enroll their children in Ben Gamla, many of which aren’t Jewish, are testimony to their accomplishments.

Ron Kriss, Miami

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