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The Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future

Post Gazette Front Page Exclusive: Connecting youth to a Jewish life

September 28, 2011

David Zimmerman, 9, a student in David Harris-Gershon's fourth-grade class at Community Day School, demonstrates blowing the shofar, which will be done during Rosh Hashana services around the world after the holiday begins at sundown tonight.As the Jewish community enters the year 5772, it does so with hopes for a good year for renewal through an ambitious outreach program - Wednesday, September 28, 2011, By Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Meredith Cawley spent most of her 12 years disconnected from her Jewish heritage. But as Rosh Hashana begins tonight, she will celebrate the Jewish New Year as a member of a Reform synagogue and a seventh-grader at Community Day School, a Jewish K-8 in Squirrel Hill.

It happened because a new local endowment, the Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future, gave a scholarship for her to attend a Jewish camp and then paid for her first year at day school.

"Every time I attend services here in the morning, I think about how lucky I am that this was able to happen," Meredith said.

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