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The Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future

CFJF Newsletter, October 2011

October 28, 2011

The Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future is the most significant philanthropic undertaking in Pittsburgh's Jewish history, providing immediate and ongoing funding to make quality Jewish learning and experiences available to everyone.

Synagogues are vital to the future of our Pittsburgh Jewish community. With that in mind, Sandy and Edgar Snyder endowed Temple Sinai’s Lifetime Learning Center. Headed by Rabbi Ronald Symons, the Learning Center is now a permanent resource for our community to learn, celebrate, and engage with Jewish heritage through Temple Sinai.


When local funding was lost for the annual Grinspoon Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, awarded annually by the Agency for Jewish Learning (AJL), a Centennial Fund was established by Lester and Barbara Parker to underwrite the award in perpetuity. This award is designed to recognize, honor, and support outstanding classroom Jewish educators throughout Pittsburgh.


Funded by an anonymous donor, the Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative (JECEI) is working directly with Jewish Early Childhood Centers to create an educational and social environment that's welcoming to all Jewish families. In late September, 21 early childhood directors, lead teachers, and family Jewish education specialists – representing nine different Jewish early childhood centers – attended the first in a series on A Dialogue between the Reggio Emilia Approach and Jewish Early Childhood Education.


Scholarships for Community Day School and Hillel Academy have been made available through donor directed Centennial Funds. These scholarships provide greater access to those in the general community who seek a quality Jewish Day School education for their children. Through the generosity of private donors including David and Barbara Burstin, the Dr. Solomon and Sarah Goldberg Endowment, Andrew Stewart and Carole Bailey, and the Brent family, these schools will reach full capacity and become self-sustaining for future generations.


The Pittsburgh Jewish Day Schools provided free tuition for students who were new to Jewish Day School in Pittsburgh and are entering grades 3-11 for the 2011-2012 school year. The cost of the initiative is being absorbed by the three schools -- the Community Day School, Hillel Academy and Yeshiva Schools -- as well as by a grant from the Centennial Fund.


Headed Down South for the Winter?
Save the dates for our Annual Snowbird Events
with acclaimed author, professor, and teacher

Dr. Ron Brauner

February 5, 11:00am
Boca West Country Club

February 8, 6:30pm
private residence, Naples

February 9, 6:30pm
Water Club, Longboat Key


Watch for more exciting news of how CFJF is making a difference – for our children and our community. For more information, please contact Sharon Perelman at sperelman@jfedpgh.org or 412-992-5224.