Spread Light with an End-of-Year Gift


As you celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, we hope that you will help us bring the light of Jewish learning to 65,000 children and adults by making your annual gift to the Schechter Institutes. Your gift will:

Support Community Leadership

The lectures and the on-going dialogue with my classmates are an inspiration, directly enriching my work experience [leading a youth empowerment program]. Schechter has allowed me a “time-out” where I have the quiet and repose to actually think about what I am doing… When something I’ve learned at Schechter has opened up a new direction of thought; leading to innovation I take it out to my “Field of Kids”, empowering their “Field of Dreams.”

— David Hasson, Director of the Youth Challenge Project of the “Follow Me!” organization for youth at-risk; M.A. student in the Maccabi M.A. program for community activists

Support Innovative Jewish Education

We are in a continual process of dialogue, showing how beautiful Judaism can be — both its texts and values…When we inspire the kids to really debate and grapple with spiritual and ethical questions. That’s a good week for building education.”

— Nira Merom, Principal, TALI Yachad School, Givat Ela; Student in the Haleli Jewish Studies program for TALI Principals

Support Rabbis for All Israelis

“In the Bible there are two key points in the spiritual life of the Israelites—Sinai (desert) and Zion (The Promised Land)…On one end we have Sinai. The desert is characterized in the Torah as a place of wandering, as a journey and not a precise place.  In the desert, we meet the simplicity and modesty of the Holy Tabernacle (the traveling sanctuary).  Contrast this with Zion – the capital, the center, a fixed place characterized by the splendor and beauty of the Holy Temple. There is a place within Judaism for Sinai and for Zion — for different voices and approaches that stem from different experiences. The same is true of every Jew, in his or her own time.”

— Rabbi Sara Cohen, 2017 Schechter Rabbbinical Graduate,will now serve as a regional rabbi in the Eilat/Arava region and will be one of the first Masorti rabbis to fill this position and receive a salary from the State.

Support Art and Jewish Expression

Street art sends a social message: that public space is for all. The possibility of taking art outside the museum walls changes the urban landscape. I am doing that at Neve Schechter… I bring a fresh commentary to our Jewish sources. I want my works to be physical. To immerse meaning into our daily lives. To move the eye and the heart.”

— Judy Tal Kopelman, graffiti artist, author, teacher, resident artist at the Neve Schechter Artists’ Lab





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