Foundation for Jewish Day Schools is Pleased to Provide Scholarships for 2015-2016 Students


The Foundation for Jewish Day Schools announces its plans for the 2015-16 school year.

The Foundation for Jewish Day Schools, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, is pleased that, through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, it is able to provide more than $4.7 million in scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year.  Over 650 K-12 students and close to 170 pre-school children from low- to moderate-income families are recipients of these scholarship funds.

“This program is the lifeblood of Jewish continuity in Greater Philadelphia because it provides the future leaders of our community with the opportunity to have a Jewish education,” says Elliot Holtz, Chairman of the Foundation for Jewish Day Schools. “Unfortunately, the current Pennsylvania state budget impasse is holding up funding for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, which could put this critical source of scholarships at risk for next year’s Jewish day school enrollment. We are always interested in having the community support our efforts to advocate for this vital program and communicate with our state legislature.”

The EITC program is open to all individuals and businesses that pay Pennsylvania state taxes and wish to redirect them to a private pre-K or K-12 school.

For more information on EITC or advocacy efforts, or to participate in the program as a taxpayer, please visit or contact Ellen Horowitz Matz, Jewish Federation’s Education Tax Credit Officer, at 215-832-0525 or If you are a family interested in scholarship information, please contact a school directly.


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