IMG_0853A group of creative individuals formed Project Education – a new entity in the Sephardic community with a mission of finding solutions that will alleviate tuition education costs. The community has more than 10,000 children enrolled in more than a dozen yeshivot in New York and New Jersey.

Financing yeshiva education has become an impossible burden for many families, especially those with many children. And today’s economy is causing an unforeseen hardship. Yet the bills must be paid and the yeshivot are running into financial troubles. Each yeshiva holds multiple fundraisers throughout the year to pay its bills, pay its teachers and operational costs, as well as finance the increasing number of applications for tuition assistance.

Project Education believes that the education of our community’s children should be the top priority of all community members. Charity begins at home and Tzedekah should remain within the confines of the community. Giving 10 percent of your income for tzedekah is a minimum Halachic contribution and those who can afford to give more should.

Project Education seeks to advance a cultural shift in the Sephardic Community. The organization hopes to increase the value each and every community member places on education and that community members will focus more of their giving dollars on supporting our yeshivot.

IMG_0880Project Education is facilitating initiatives that seek to increase the academic integrity, affordability and the financial stability of the community’s educational institutions.

Project Education is working with community rabbis and the leadership from each of the community yeshivot to advance new policies surrounding tuition assistance, as well as other creative ways to assist the schools with their financial woes.

Community members with no children in school can help alleviate education costs through some no cost initiatives which Project Education will be promoting in the coming months.