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Dec 17, 2011

Federation Offers $80,000 in Enhancement Grants to Day Schools

Underscoring Miami’s long-standing commitment to supporting high-quality Jewish educational experiences for students of all ages, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation is offering a total of $80,000 in additional grants to Jewish day schools that already receive funding from the Annual Federation/UJA Campaign.

The Federation/Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE) Day School Committee has invited each Federation-funded Jewish day school in Miami-Dade to submit a proposal for an “Educational Enhancement Grant” of up to $8,000.

To be considered for a grant, each school is asked to propose a special initiative benefiting students from kindergarten through 12th grade.


Such projects may be implemented school-wide or by a single teacher or grade, and must align with one of three categories:

• Technological enhancements, including software and hardware that will improve student
learning and instruction in the school
• Curricular enhancements, addressing a specific Judaic or General Studies challenge
• Professional development initiatives, dealing with a particular student need through support
of teacher learning

“Jewish education is one of our community’s greatest priorities,” said Federation Board Chair Barbara Black Goldfarb. “By instilling in our children a knowledge of Jewish history and traditions, as well as a strong connection to Israel, we are helping to ensure a promising future for the Jewish people. At the same time, we must provide a solid General Studies education so that our students have the tools they need to succeed academically in college and beyond.”

For the 2011-12 fiscal year, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation allocated more than $7 million to programs that foster formal and informal Jewish educational experiences. These funds support Jewish day schools, synagogue religious schools, college-based study and outreach programs, Holocaust study programs, Israel experiences, Jewish community centers, overnight camp scholarships and more.

To learn more about the Educational Enhancement Grants or Federation’s support of educational programs, contact Federation’s Community Planning & Allocations Department at Planning@JewishMiami.org or 786.866.8495.

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