Dear Friends and Community Members,
The Sunday School for Jewish Studies profoundly impacts so many families from a variety of towns, backgrounds, socioeconomic classes, and family-structures. We do so by helping each individual student and their family in finding meaningful connections to their Jewish heritage and identity. Our phenomenal teachers guide our eager students in explorations of Jewish values, holidays, traditions, customs, songs, and stories. Our costs are high, our fees are low. There are no synagogue dues, no mandatory high holiday ticket fees. We rely on supporters like you to give students and families access to the amazing opportunities they have here at Sunday School for Jewish Studies. Particularly this year we have slashed our tuition in half to support the economic impact that COVID-19 has had on many community members. Despite COVID-19, almost all of our operating fees remain unchanged. We need help from you to bridge the gap and to ensure sure we can continue providing this unique Jewish educational opportunity to children for many years to come.
To give you an idea of where your funds go, for just $18 you can sponsor a book for a class. $36 pays for some classroom supplies like markers, glue, paper, and clay so our creative geniuses can showcase their learnings in a variety of ways. $54 can buy the supplies for a class project. Perhaps a project like making shabbat candlesticks for students to then take home and celebrate Shabbat with their families and share their shabbat learnings. Perhaps the project is a model torah, complete with summaries and commentary on each torah story. Maybe the project is a parsley planter, planted on tu b’shevat, the birthday of the trees, ready to harvest in time for families’ Passover seders. $72 pays for a Shalom@Home kit so students can safely continue their Jewish learning in a creative and engaging way at home while we’re all at home because of COVID-19. $360 will sponsor a large-scale community service project where our students will learn about the mitzvah, commandment, of giving to those in need on the holiday of Sukkot, and will make soup kits for hungry families. $1,500 gives the gift of a Jewish education to a child who otherwise would not be able to access one.
No gift is too large or too small and your donation is tax-deductible. If you cannot give financially, consider the gift of word of mouth. Volunteer, or send a family our way. It’s not too late to register for our Sunday School program.
At the end of the school year if you want to hear about all of the great things your donation helped enable, talk to any Sunday School teacher or student. I guarantee you won’t regret your donation, and I’d be willing to bet you’ll be ready to give again next year after hearing them. Investing in Jewish education is an investment in the future and for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thanks in advance,
SSJS Education Director