Starter Jewish Libraries for New Day School Students


Students who choose to attend a Jewish high school, coming previously from a public or private school, receive a gift of a starter Jewish library. This library consists of 11 Jewish texts and references – all in Hebrew/English or English – including the Bible as well as classic and contemporary books on basic Judaism, the holidays and Israel. The gift of these books is intended to help plant the seeds of Jewish learning at this milestone in the Jewish educational journey of these students and their families.  In 2017-18, 187 students from 20 schools received starter Jewish libraries.

Beginning this school year of 2017-18, AVI CHAI is offering the same gift to middle school students (6th to 8th grade) transferring into a Jewish day school from a public or non-Jewish private school. The library consists of seven books ranging from a Chumash and Hebrew/English dictionary to books on Jewish literacy, history and Israel. In this inaugural year, 127 students in 27 middle schools will receive these starter libraries.

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