WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ShalomLearning, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a lifelong love of Jewish learning among Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations by harnessing technology and the latest educational practices, today announced it has been awarded a $2 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation. With the grant also comes a challenge to the Jewish philanthropic community.
In making the grant, the William Davidson Foundation indicated that its decision to invest in ShalomLearning stems from its deep commitment to advancing Jewish education by merging ancient wisdom with modern technology. The Foundation was able to witness the impact of ShalomLearning partnerships with Detroit-area synagogues as well as other pilot projects around the country.
“We created ShalomLearning as a new platform for Jewish learning that is adaptive and flexible to meet the needs of the Jewish families, because research on young Jews consistently reveals a declining commitment and involvement by Jewish families in traditional frameworks of Jewish life and education,” said Devin Schain, co-founder and chairman of ShalomLearning. “This grant from the William Davidson Foundation will fuel our efforts to expand Jewish learning and enrichment regardless of location or affiliation.”
The grant has been awarded in two parts: the first $1 million of support is immediate, and will be utilized by ShalomLearning to scale up operations and outreach across the United States. The balance of the grant comes in the form of a “challenge grant,” designed to inspire deeper investment among Jewish donors in education and innovation. The William Davidson Foundation will match all new donations to ShalomLearning, on a one-to-one basis, up to $500,000 in 2016 and $500,000 in 2017. All donations in the 2015 and 2016 calendar years from new contributors will qualify for the match.
Over the next 3 years ShalomLearning plans to expand enrollment from its current level of 300 students and 15 certified teachers to more than 1,800 students and 100 teachers around the country.
ShalomLearning’s new executive director Joshua Troderman authored the grant and strategic plan and is spearheading its implementation.
“With this award, the William Davidson Foundation has invested philanthropically in a project that meets young families where they are: with the flexibility to accommodate their busy schedules, a technology that meets their 21st century expectations, and an inspirational curriculum that is second to none,” noted Troderman. “We look forward to the national expansion, a deepening of teacher training, and the meaningful, national leadership role that ShalomLearning will inevitably play in the future of Jewish education.”
To help support the Davidson 1:1 Match Grant, contact Troderman at Joshua@ShalomLearning.org.
About the William Davidson Foundation
The William Davidson Foundation, a family foundation, was established in 2005 in Detroit. The foundation’s mission is to honor its founder’s memory by continuing his philosophy of giving. The foundation has two current areas of focus: First, to preserve and enhance Jewish life in the United States and abroad; and second, to improve the economic prosperity of its home community in southeastern Michigan in order to make the region an even more desirable place to work and live.
ShalomLearning, Inc, based in DC, is dedicated to the creation and curation of innovative curricula, educational technology, and professional development in order to meet the evolving educational needs of today’s Jewish community.
ShalomLearning partners with synagogues, day schools, and other Jewish organizations (such as Hillel and FJMC) to provide a personalized, accessible and cost-effective Jewish education. ShalomLearning offers “blended” (online tools fused with brick and mortar institutions) and online-only programs to help Jewish educators, students, and families feel successful in their Jewish learning. For families not belonging to a synagogue, or lacking a local Jewish community (e.g. military families), ShalomLearning offers virtual classrooms, where students meet live with trained and certified instructors.
Learn more at www.ShalomLearning.org.