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Because Jewish education helps children create a deeper understanding of Jewish life, UJA-Federation supports initiatives for Jewish day schools, congregational education, and more informal settings.

Passing on a legacy takes a commitment to nurturing ongoing learning that sparks and encourages the natural curiosity of children and students. Through Jewish education we are helping the next generation develop and explore their Jewish heritage.

The Challenge of Jewish Education

  • In both formal and informal settings it is expensive to make Jewish education accessible for everyone.
  • Jewish education, especially in congregational schools, needs to evolve to meet the needs of today’s learner.
  • There is a need for qualified teachers who can provide a range of learning styles because children learn in a variety of ways and have different abilities.

UJA-Federation’s Response

Last year, our collective impact helped provide:

  • Funding for scholarship programs that provide $3 million needs-based and merit-based scholarships for children to attend Jewish day schools, overnight camps, day camps, and Israel experiences.
  • Support for congregational schools, overnight camps, and more than 20 Jewish community centers that offer day camps and other activities to help kids through dynamic experiential Jewish learning outside of the classroom.
  • 15,900 children in the former Soviet Union with Jewish experiences through Sunday schools and other programs.
  • Support in the former Soviet Union for inclusion of children with special needs in Jewish day schools and for family camps for children with special needs.  
  • Support for leadership development programs for educational professionals that are transforming the nature of synagogue and Jewish day schools.

To find help or learn more about our network’s Jewish education programs, please contact our J•1•1 Information and Referral Service at 877.852.6951 or .

Your donation does so much for so many.