Knowledge is power, and an education supplemented with Jewish values can help a youth prepare for their future. Programs that reward for academics, scholarships, and innovative education grants are just a few ways to help impact a student and prepare them for success. Education is also an integral piece to building a sense of community and helps to build Jewish Identity.
Akiva Jewish Day School is the only Jewish Day School in Middle Tennessee. Our school serves Kindergarteners through 6th graders from 15 different zip codes and 5 different counties. With 39% of our families representing over 50 counties, our school truly embraces what it means to be a ‘community school.’ Nashville’s larger Jewish community is equally represented in our student body with 31% of our families being Orthodox, 19% being Conservative, 26% being Reform, and 19% not affiliated with any congregation/organization. In addition to the diversity in religious affiliation and home life, there also exists a large degree of socio-economic diversity among our families. 31% of our students live in Title 1 neighborhoods and 57% of our students receive some form of financial assistance. The purpose of the Akiva School Scholarship Grant is to receive funds to: (1) provide financial assistance to families who wish to enroll their child in Akiva School and (2) subsidize Akiva’s participation in Prizmah’s Atidenu program - a professional development program that helps increase enrollment.
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Early Childhood Scholarships funds are given to Jewish Early Childhood Centers in Nashville, including Early Childhood Education programs at Music City Chabad, The Temple, Congregation Micah, West End Synagogue and The Gordon Jewish Community Center. These grants are to be used for scholarships for those families in need of financial assistance.
Gordon Jewish Community Center PJ Library is an outreach program that engages Jewish families with young children. Subscribers receive a free Jewish book or CD each month, at no cost to them. Families can also participate in local PJ Library programs and events throughout the year. Additionally, families receive information on Jewish topics and community events that may be of interest to them through a monthly e-Newsletter.
The Gordon JCC’s Camp Davis is the summer day camp offered by the Gordon Jewish Community Center. Serving campers in kindergarten through 10th grade, the program has existed since 1930. Separating Camp Davis from other day camps in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee area is a focus on six core values that are rooted in Judaism: fun (kef), growth (tzimcha ), holy community (k ehila kedosha ), nature (teva ), love (aha va ), and righteousness (tzadi k). These main themes are delivered through five central venues: sports, art, music, nature, and Israeli culture.
Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools is the network for Jewish day schools across North America that partners with day schools, yeshivas, philanthropists, and communities from all denominations, helping them grow their reach and impact and tackle the challenges on their path to success.
Jewish Middle School has established itself as Nashville’s only educational alternative that provides a vigorous academic education delivered in a context of Jewish ethics. Serving students in grades 5-8, JMS is concurrently able to focus on the developmentally critical middle grade years. Middle School students are no longer “little children” nor are they “angst-filled teenagers” but students who are old enough to understand and explore the more complex ideas and values that will form the kind of people they are becoming. Thus, these years are the perfect time in a child’s life to delve deeply into the study of Jewish values and ethics in conjunction with a comprehensive secular academic program. This grant – A Soulful World - will be beneficial in helping fund the unique, one-of-a-kind development of both of these curricula. It is being written specifically for our community by Rabbi Devin Villareal, a superstar in Jewish education in North America and a recent recipient of the Covenant Award. This unique program will likely become a model for schools around the country that are created with a dual mission, similar to ours.
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)*, founded in 1875, is North America’s premier institution of Jewish higher education and the center for professional leadership development of Reform Judaism. A multi-campus academic and spiritual learning community with locations in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR’s mission is to build vibrant progressive Judaism in North America, Israel, and around the globe by studying the great issues of Jewish life, history, and thought with an open, egalitarian, inclusive, and pluralistic spirit. We educate innovative, visionary clergy and professionals who embody the sustaining values, responsibilities, practices, and texts of Jewish tradition to inspire future generations. We are seeking the renewal of a grant to support the programs and activities that enable the College-Institute to fulfill this mission.
*This grant is met in honor of our local Jewish Clergy whom attended Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).
Chabad Yeshiva, United Lubavitcher Yeshivoth, or Tomechei Temimim, was founded by Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn for the study of Hasidic philosophy according to the Chabad tradition.
*This grant is met in honor of our local Jewish Clergy whom attended Chabad Yeshiva
Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano’s mission is to improve Jewish life in Latin America through leadership training, in particular rabbis, cantors, teachers, lay leaders, etc. The proposed program is at the core of the mission. Our Abarbanel Institute trains teachers for over 40 years.
*This grant is met in honor of our local Jewish Clergy whom graduated from Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano.
Yeshivah Chovevah Torah’s mission is to recruit, professionally train, and place rabbis throughout the world, who will lead the Jewish people and shape their communities’ spiritual and intellectual character in consonance with Modern Orthodox values and commitments. Our alumni are building communities that are inclusive and welcoming, teaching a Torah that motivates and inspires.
*This grant is met in honor of our local Jewish Clergy whom attended Yeshiva Chovevah Torah.