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Beth Tfiloh and Day School at Baltimore Hebrew Awarded PEJE Challenge Grants

Mazal tov to Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew, which were each awarded a $25,000 challenge grant from PEJE (Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education) for developing initiatives to drive increased revenue through innovation.

Here are their announcements:

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School is pleased to announce that our school was awarded a 2011 PEJE Challenge Award—a $25,000 grant awarded to schools that have developed initiatives to drive increased revenue through innovation.  Beth Tfiloh was selected out of 141 applications from across North America.

“The challenge for applicants was to think innovatively, to defy their status quo, and to initiate bold changes within their school with the intention of stimulating growth in one of their key revenue streams” said Amy Katz, Executive Director at PEJE.

Beth Tfiloh’s application focused on our legacy giving development efforts. Since the launch of this initiative, our expanded planned giving program now includes the Kadima Legacy Society, which recognizes members of the Beth Tfiloh community who have made arrangements during their lifetime to leave a Legacy Gift to Beth Tfiloh. Additionally, Beth Tfiloh offers planned giving education for both our school and congregational leadership, teaching them how to make their own legacy gifts, as well as to encourage other in the community to follow their example. To help inspire future legacy gifts, Beth Tfiloh has profiled current legacy gift donors in various communications throughout our organization.

Special thanks to our Legacy Development Chair, Ricka Neuman, Vice-Chair, Ken Hornstein, and Linda Hurwitz along with Calla Samuels who helped with the grant writing process.  We are so proud to receive this award and wanted you to share in our accomplishment.

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School is the largest coeducational Jewish day school in the Baltimore metropolitan area, serving over 900 children representing a broad spectrum of Jewish observance.

From THE DAY SCHOOL AT BALTIMORE HEBREW
December 22, 2011  – Second Day of Chanukah

Yesterday The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew received one of the biggest, best, and somewhat unexpected gifts imaginable. We received notice that we were one of 25 schools in North America selected to win the PEJE Challenge Award-  $25,000 in Chanukah gelt!

The PTO and administration launched the “Dedication to Education” program last spring to achieve 100 per cent giving in our annual fund parents’ campaign.  At the time, we  knew that if the project was successful we would submit it to the Challenge grant contest, in hopes that we would impress the judges with what our school could achieve.  Our parents responded, we succeeded, and they were impressed!   Of 141 applicants, we were the only Reform Day School chosen, and will be honored by PEJE (The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education) at the upcoming North American Day School Conference. This was truly a team effort, with full school participation and belief in our ability to achieve our goals.

Here is some of what PEJE said about the winners:

Providing a high quality Jewish Day school education to current and future generations of Jewish children is vital to a vibrant and enduring Jewish future.  In today’s economic climate, attaining sustainability and affordability for our day schools is essential…. The review process was rigorous; the challenge for applicants was to think innovatively, to defy their status quo, and to initiate bold changes…The winners are a diverse mix but share one thing: their determination and optimism.

The school thanks their entire community for sharing in this achievement.