In the spirit of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, Federation President Leonard Barrack announced a gift of $50,000 to Politz Hebrew Academy to provide scholarship assistance to deserving students.
"During this holiday when we celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, Federation thought it particularly fitting to support an institution that brings the light of Jewish learning to Jewish children in Northeast Philadelphia," said Barrack, adding "Jewish day school education is one of Federation's and my personal philanthropic priorities."
Barrack made the gift during a recent dinner celebrating the Orthodox day school's accreditation from the Middle School Association of Colleges and Schools. Politz, which serves 300 students from kindergarten through eighth grade, devoted two years to the accreditation process, which is not required by Pennsylvania law.
The school, which was founded in 1982, also is basking in the glow of the announcement that it is among a select group of 60 schools in Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and Washington, D.C. to receive accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools, a body within the larger association. During the past 40 years, this commission has only conveyed this status to 1500 elementary schools.
Politz Principal Besie Katz terms Federation's gift "a true Chanukah miracle" as well as a "reassuring sign that miracles are still possible after 3000 years of Jewish history."
Katz expressed gratitude to Federation for its long-standing allegiance and commitment to Jewish day school education and her personal petition that "this support will continue for generations to come."