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Akiba Gets New Scholarship Money
For Akiba Hebrew Academy, the donations keep piling up. On the heels of a $5 million gift from the Barrack Foundation -- the largest in the school's history -- the institution in Merion Station just received an anonymous donation to help create scholarships for qualified children whose parents work in the Jewish community.
The new scholarships will benefit children of "those working for the Jewish community and for Jewish institutions -- for example, Jewish clergy, Hebrew-school teachers and employees at Jewish agencies," explained Rabbi Philip Field, Akiba's head of school.
He declined to comment on the amount of money being donated, though he did say that it was "very significant."
Tuition at Akiba runs $22,350 for the 2007-08 school year, according to Field, who said that the high fee is often a barrier for Jewish communal workers.
Len Barrack said that he and his wife, Lynne, remain "thrilled with the enthusiasm and generosity that the Jewish community has exhibited in support of a cause that is so vital to the community. Jewish day-school education is key to our survival as a community and as a people."
Field touted the approximately $700,000 in the academy's general scholarship fund, as well as noted other fiscal resources for special-needs children and for the alumni of local Jewish day schools who want to continue their studies into high school.
"There should not be a Jewish child in this community," he said, pressing a point that's taken precedence in organizational circles of late, "who wants to come to Akiba for sixth through 12th grade and not be able to attend."