We believe day schools and yeshivot in New York should provide a quality education to students in our diverse Jewish community so that they and their families have the tools they need to live vibrant and meaningful Jewish lives.
That’s why we’re developing many ways to help increase accessibility to a Jewish day school/yeshiva education: Enhancing pathways to affordability. Focusing on meeting the learning needs of all students. Encouraging a culture of belonging. And supporting long-term financial sustainability.
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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 18 Jewish schools and yeshivot 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.

Questions? Contact Chavie Kahn.

The Funders
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:

  • Abraham Joshua Heschel School 
  • Hannah Senesh Community Day School 
  • Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway 
  • Hebrew Academy of Long Beach 
  • Hebrew Academy of Nassau County 
  • Manhattan Day School 
  • North Shore Hebrew Academy 
  • Ramaz School 
  • Rodeph Sholom School 
  • SAR Academy and High School 
  • Schechter School of Long Island 
  • Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan 
  • Solomon Schechter School of Queens 
  • The Lefell School 
  • Westchester Day School 
  • Yeshiva Darchei Torah 
  • Yeshiva of South Shore 
  • Yeshivah of Flatbush