Feb 10, 2004 — The Ronald and Ethel Gruen Endowed Fund for the Advancement of Secondary Jewish Education at RIETS has just awarded its second round of annual grants to high schools of the Association of Modern Orthodox Day Schools and Yeshiva High Schools (AMODS). Fourteen schools applied to the Fund and five grants of $8,500 each were awarded to the Columbus Torah Academy (Columbus, OH), the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (Toronto, Canada), the Ida Crown Jewish Academy (Chicago, IL), the Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South (Memphis, TN), and the Robert M. Beren Academy (Houston, TX). The Association is part of the Max Stern Division of Communal Services of RIETS.
The grants are awarded only to AMODS high schools for the purpose of need-based scholarships and/or mechinah programs that provide instruction for students who require upgrading in Judaica subjects. To provide an opportunity for as many qualified high schools as possible to receive this aid, no school can receive grants in consecutive years.
Mr. and Mrs. Gruen hope that their efforts will help educate the future leaders of the North American Jewish Community. They believe that if we “lose” students at the Jewish secondary day school level, it is likely these students will never experience higher Jewish education. Mr. Gruen believes that his family’s greatest satisfaction from this innovative program will be derived from others emulating the concept of the Gruen Fund. The Gruens plan to increase their gifts to their fund, which will permit more schools to receive even larger grants in the future.
The next round of Gruen Grant applications will be announced at the end of this summer.
For further information, please contact Dr. Jeremiah Unterman, Director of AMODS, at 212-960-5260 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.