Our Heritage Program2022-11-10T18:21:27-05:00

OUR HERITAGE PROGRAM

Award Winning Schools

Award Winning Schools

Inspired Students

Global Impact

About Our Heritage

Our Heritage gives the gift of a full-time Torah education to Jewish students around the world, by providing $25,000 matching grants to Chabad day schools to enroll new Jewish public school students.

Since its founding in August 2020, Our Heritage has awarded $1,200,000 in matching grants to 20 Chabad day schools, enabling 400 Jewish students to receive a Jewish education around the world.

Award Winning Schools

Providing Jewish Students with a Top Notch Education

There are 20 Chabad day schools around the world participating in the third year of the Our Heritage program. Included in the Our Heritage schools is the Blue-Ribbon Award winning Mazel Day school in Brooklyn, NY.

Chabad day schools around the world provide a strong foundation in Judaic studies, transmit core Jewish values, and offer high level STEM curricula as well. Chabad day school students graduate with both a general and Jewish studies knowledge base, and a strong sense of pride in their Jewish beliefs.

Our Heritage Schools

  • Academy of the Arts, Redondo Beach, CA
  • Bader Hillel Academy, Milwaukee, WI
  • Bader Hillel High, Milwaukee, WI
  • Chabad Pico Learning Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Chabad STREAM School, Queens, NY
  • Chabad Study Pod/Beis Betzalel Chabad, Los Angeles, CA
  • CMCH Elementary INC, Atlanta, GA
  • Desert Torah Academy, Las Vegas, NV
  • Hebrew Academy OC, Huntington Beach, CA
  • Hebrew Academy Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL
  • Jewish Institute of Queens, Queens, NY
  • JNY Day School, Toronto, ON
  • Kerem Menahem, Nice, France
  • Lubavitch Sparks High School, Brooklyn, NY
  • Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, Springfield MA
  • Magen Israel Schools, Long Island, NY
  • Mazal Jewish Day School, Brooklyn, NY
  • Sacramento Jewish Academy, Sacramento, CA
  • Shaloh House Jewish Day School, Brighton, MA
  • Silverstein Hebrew Academy, Great Neck, NY
  • Slater Torah Academy, New Orleans LA
  • South Florida Jewish Academy, Coconut Creek, FL
  • Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School
  • Tamim Academy, Burlington, VT
  • Tamim Academy York Region, ON
  • Tenafly Chabad Academy, Tenafly, NJ
  • Academy of the Arts, Redondo Beach, CA
  • Bader Hillel Academy, Milwaukee, WI
  • Bader Hillel High, Milwaukee, WI
  • Chabad Pico Learning Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Chabad STREAM School, Queens, NY
  • Chabad Study Pod/Beis Betzalel Chabad, Los Angeles, CA
  • CMCH Elementary INC, Atlanta, GA
  • Desert Torah Academy, Las Vegas, NV
  • Hebrew Academy OC, Huntington Beach, CA
  • Hebrew Academy Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL
  • Jewish Institute of Queens, Queens, NY
  • JNY Day School, Toronto, ON
  • Kerem Menahem, Nice, France
  • Lubavitch Sparks High School, Brooklyn, NY
  • Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, Springfield MA
  • Magen Israel Schools, Long Island, NY
  • Mazal Jewish Day School, Brooklyn, NY
  • Sacramento Jewish Academy, Sacramento, CA
  • Shaloh House Jewish Day School, Brighton, MA
  • Silverstein Hebrew Academy, Great Neck, NY
  • Slater Torah Academy, New Orleans LA
  • South Florida Jewish Academy, Coconut Creek, FL
  • Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School
  • Tamim Academy, Burlington, VT
  • Tamim Academy York Region, ON
  • Tenafly Chabad Academy, Tenafly, NJ

HAKHEL EXPANSION

In honor of the 5783 Hakhel year, Our Heritage is now partnering with Chabad day schools around the world to provide a full-time Torah education to Jewish public school students.

Sponsor to take part in transforming the world, one Jewish student, school and family at a time.

Inspired Students

Hundreds of Lives Transformed

Meet Shelby, one of the 400 students who is attending Chabad day school with the help of Our Heritage.

“Transferring to a Jewish school brought me closer to Yiddishkeit, Hashem and other Jews. It brought me a sense of community and belonging, and my life has truly transformed, and has become so enriched with Torah and Mitzvos.”

TESTIMONIALS

“My eldest daughter, who is nine, has been in public school for 3 years already. She came into the school year with not one piece of knowledge about the Alef Bet. Not more than 9 months later, she is reading Hebrew and learning Chumash. My children have made new friends who understand them. Being at Desert Torah Academy this year has contributed to their self-identity as a Jewish child.”

“For me, as I’ve felt like my world has been falling apart, being able to provide this opportunity for my children through the financial help we’ve received has really allowed me to have something to feel proud about.” – Single mom of three children benefiting from the Our Heritage Grant, Las Vegas Nevada

“The Our Heritage grant has given us the ability to help parents who would not have otherwise been able to take on the financial responsibility of a day school tuition.” – Rabbi Yossi Mintz, Academy of the Arts, Manhattan Beach California, where the student body grew from 33 students to over 80 in the 2020-2021 school year

“Our Heritage provided the necessary funds to widely market our high school to draw in new out-of-town students and increase enrollment at a time when our school board would have otherwise been focused on cutting costs during COVID.” – Rabbi Mendel Shmotkin, Bader Hillel Academy, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

“My whole life has changed. I keep Shabbat, I go to synagogue. I am so happy to feel a part of my people.” Gabriela, Brooklyn, NY, Student at Mazel Day School through Our Heritage.

“Coming to Silverstein Hebrew Academy was the best decision of my life, and now Judaism means so much to me”Leenor Davidov, 7th grade, Great Neck, NY, Student at Silverstein Hebrew Academy through Our Heritage

Global Impact

The power of a Jewish education

“Since joining the Desert Torah Academy we have been able to grow socially, we’ve been able to grow religiously. We belong somewhere now.”

Jessica Abaian, mom of four children in Our Heritage Jewish day school

“These children transformed their families, who have now transformed their homes to Yiddishe homes, with many fathers putting on Tefillin every day. Some of the families brought in other families.

Rabbi Yossi Mintz, Redondo Beach, CA

Our Heritage is dedicated in loving memory of 
Reb Shneur Hirsch

Shneur Hirsch, ע”ה, a longtime friend of MEF, believed deeply in the power of Chinuch. Shneur was an early believer in the potential of the Our Heritage project and it was his direct encouragement and generous support that brought the successful program to fruition.

This is a chance to change the course of a Jewish child’s life,” Shneur shared with MEF in the summer of 2020, when Our Heritage was in its earliest stages. “Instead of going to a public school they can attend a Yeshiva and receive an authentic Jewish education. These children will grow up and lead Jewish homes based on Torah and Mitzvos. There is no greater investment in our future.”

Unfortunately, Shneur did not get to see the full growth and success of the program, with nearly 200 public school students enrolled, as he passed away on כ”ז תשרי after a nearly two-year battle with an illness. In 2021, the Our Heritage Program was renamed in his memory, recognizing the key role Shenur played in the success of the program. With his guiding light as inspiration, Our Heritage will continue to seek out more children to enroll in Jewish education and ensure that Jewish children across the country can access their birthright of Torah.

May the Torah learning of these Jewish children be a Zchus for שניאור זלמן בן יבלחט”א גימפל אברהם.

Shneur Hirsch, ע”ה, a longtime friend of MEF, believed deeply in the power of Chinuch. Shneur was an early believer in the potential of the Our Heritage project and it was his direct encouragement and generous support that brought the successful program to fruition.

This is a chance to change the course of a Jewish child’s life,” Shneur shared with MEF in the summer of 2020, when Our Heritage was in its earliest stages. “Instead of going to a public school they can attend a Yeshiva and receive an authentic Jewish education. These children will grow up and lead Jewish homes based on Torah and Mitzvos. There is no greater investment in our future.”

Unfortunately, Shneur did not get to see the full growth and success of the program, with nearly 200 public school students enrolled, as he passed away on כ”ז תשרי after a nearly two-year battle with an illness. In 2021, the Our Heritage Program was renamed in his memory, recognizing the key role Shenur played in the success of the program. With his guiding light as inspiration, Our Heritage will continue to seek out more children to enroll in Jewish education and ensure that Jewish children across the country can access their birthright of Torah.

May the Torah learning of these Jewish children be a Zchus for שניאור זלמן בן יבלחט”א גימפל אברהם.

Program Committee

  • Mr. Bob Aronson, Chairperson
  • Mr. John Goodman
  • Mr. Shneur Hirsch OBM
  • Mrs. Devora Leah Hirsch
  • Rabbi Chaim Kaminker
  • Mrs. Chanah Rose, Ms. Ed.
  • Rabbi Menachem Schmidt
  • Rabbi Zalman Shneur
  • Mr. Dan Smith
  • Mr. Alex Swieca
  • Rabbi Shais Taub
  • Rabbi Noach Weinstein
  • Mr. Alan Zekelman

Sponsors

Platinum

  • Alan & Lori Zekelman

Gold

  • Anonymous Foundation in Milwaukee
  • Gloria Kaylie
  • Mendel and Reut Pinson
  • Modway INC ~ Tuvya Greisman
  • Shneur OBM & Devorah L. HirscH

Silver

  • Bram Family
  • Dovid & Malkie Smetana
  • Efraim Ahdut
  • Noach Weinstein
  • Swieca Children’s Foundation

Bronze

  • Aronow Foundation
  • Avrohom Hayman
  • Blavatnik Foundation
  • Bobrow Foundation
  • Gadi Blizinsky
  • George & Pamela Rohr
  • Howard Jonas
  • Josh & Robyn Goldhirsh
  • Leibi and Chanie Marsow
  • Sami Dournburush
  • Yosef I & Batsheva Popack

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