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March 2017

Dear Friends:

With only a few months left to the Olam Chesed Education Center school year, I wanted to update our JCOGS community on the exciting developments in our school.  We are seeing wonderful growth. We had 8 students in our school two years ago and 35 students last year. This year we have 45 students enrolled in Olam Chesed with additional children periodically attending (and more families visiting the school and contemplating enrollment), including our Kinderlach program for ages 0-5, 4 classes for grades K-7 and our Mitzvah Project for pre-B’nai Mitzvah students.  In addition to our regular classrooms and the Rabbi’s study, we are using the library and partitioned space in the social hall for our classes. We have four great teachers in addition to Rabbi David and me.

This year we have implemented a new curriculum that incorporates value-based learning, Jewish life components, Hebrew language, tzedakah, tikkun olam, and Israel at appropriate levels for each age group. Our students are excited about and engaged with Jewish learning. They feel welcomed and at home at JCOGS.

This is all wonderful news, but our growth has been beyond our budget expectations and requires additional expenditures. Each March, JCOGS has its final appeal for our annual fund. This year the funds raised will be used to cover the additional operating costs for our school. These costs include salaries, classroom supplies and furniture, texts and support for the many young families who have enrolled and have needed support on tuition remission due to their own financial pressures.  With more students, we need our own copier/printer, a laptop computer and ipads (used ones would be great) to take advantage of terrific on-line learning opportunities.

We hope that you will join us in supporting our religious school. We will be most appreciative no matter the amount of your donation.  What better cause than investing your continued generosity in our children, grandchildren and future generations.  Please consider clicking on the “Donate” button above and making a donation.

Todah rabah on behalf of the children of our community.

Stacey Oshkello
Director of Youth and Family Education