This year, perhaps more than most, we look to the light and warmth that Chanukah candles can bring us, and the hope and prayers of a new year. We know that for all of us, Chanukah celebrations will not be what they’ve been in years past, with fewer friends and family close at hand to share latkes and play dreidel.
Many things at the Enrichment Center are different than in years past, too. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to shift much of our learning to online and distance formats. It has taken a tremendous amount of work and showcased the ingenuity, creativity, and resilience of the educational team. I am proud to share that despite drastic change, we have managed not only to preserve but to expand on what makes our Center unique: child-centered Jewish exploration in a supportive environment.
Although we now reach a greater number of families, our overall tuition income has decreased by over 35%. In addition, last spring, the board decided unanimously that as a commitment to our educators and our organization’s long-term future, we would not cut back on employees’ time or compensation. Thus, while the overall programmatic picture of the Enrichment Center this winter shines with all the sparkle of a brightly-lit menorah, the financial picture is more stark.
Our goal is $12,000 in new and increased donations, so that we’ll be eligible for a 1:1 matching grant from a major funder. Please consider the Jewish Enrichment Center’s impact both locally and nationally and give a donation to support Jewish learning.