We want to teach and inspire the next generation of leaders. That’s why we’re helping Jewish day schools achieve financial stability, educational excellence, and increased affordability. Questions? Contact us.
The Day School Challenge Fund reflects UJA’s continued commitment to helping day schools reach and maintain affordability, financial stability, and educational excellence. The DSCF was the first-ever New York-area effort of its kind and includes twenty-one Jewish schools and yeshivas in the five boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester. Through this broad initiative, UJA helped to infuse $84 million into the day school landscape. We are very proud to support schools as they plan for the future and ensure a strong, engaged Jewish community tomorrow.
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This communal legacy is made possible by a coalition of funders — including The AVI CHAI Foundation and the Jim Joseph Foundation; visionary philanthropists including Giti and Jack Bendheim, Alisa and Dan Doctoroff, Tamar and Eric Goldstein, The Gottesman Fund, George Klein, and Pamela and George Rohr; and $20 million earmarked from UJA-Federation's endowment by the Board of Directors.
Participating Schools in the DSCF Initiative
UJA proudly supports these schools in their endowment-building efforts:
Schools can support students with financial needs through the Rose Biller Day School Scholarship Fund. Jewish day schools and yeshivas in New York City’s five boroughs, Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk counties are eligible to apply. We accept individual nominations from schools and give priority based on students who demonstrate the most need and those transferring from non-Jewish schools.
Strong schools depend on passionate and skilled teachers. So we’re helping day schools attract talented educators by working with the Fund for Jewish Education and the Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Life Monument Funds to offer competitive benefits packages. The Fund for Jewish Education contributes to medical, pension, and life insurance benefits for 6,000 Jewish day school teachers in nearly 200 schools.
UJA advocates on behalf of day schools and yeshivas on the federal, state, and local levels. Together with the Jewish Education Project and Teach NYS, we’re working to preserve existing government funding streams. We’re also helping identify new funding sources within constitutional limits and mobilizing the day school and yeshiva community as a unified voice.
UJA’s Partners in Caring in Day Schools provides a menu of social services in day school and yeshiva settings. Professionals from UJA-supported nonprofits tackle myriad health and mental health issues facing children and adolescents — such as eating disorders, substance abuse, bullying, and special needs — through information and referral, psycho-educational groups, parent education and workshops, and individual school-based counseling. Teachers and administrators also learn to identify and address students’ social, emotional, and cognitive issues.
Did you know that UJA administers a charitable gift annuity program (CGA) on behalf of many day schools? It’s a great way to make charitable contributions to a school you care about while receiving financial benefits for yourself. Interested? Contact the Planned Giving & Endowments Department at or 212.836.1247.
Day School professionals can download a customizable CGA brochure here. For more information on the program, please contact the Planned Giving & Endowments Department at or 212.836.1247.