More than 60 Jewish day schools, yeshivot, and camps from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as several Israel programs, will participate in the Tri-State Area Regional Jewish Day School, Yeshiva, and Camp Fair on Sunday, November 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The fair will be held at Beth El Synagogue Center, 1324 North Avenue in New Rochelle.
The number of this year’s schools, camps, and programs represents a significant growth from last year’s event, with its 33 participants. With more than 250 visitors last year, the fair opened its doors to an even greater number of exhibitors to meet the rising interest in learning about the breadth of opportunities available to enhance children’s Jewish identity.
“Fostering a strong Jewish identity in our children is critical to ensuring Jewish continuity, and numerous studies have proven that Jewish day school, camp, and Israel program experiences are the most effective means of developing a child’s Jewish identity,” explained Evan Levy, president of Carmel Academy in Greenwich, Connecticut, and one of the organizers of the fair.
Modeled after a college fair, the Tri-State Area Regional Jewish Day School, Yeshiva and Camp Fair is free and open to all, and coincides with the peak of the fall recruiting season. Crossing all levels of religious observance, the fair enables parents and students/campers to explore the varying programs and styles of the participating schools, camps, and Israel programs by visiting one central location.
The Tri-State Area Regional Jewish Day School, Yeshiva and Camp Fair is jointly sponsored by Beth El Synagogue Center, the Jewish Education Project, the Jewish Week Media Group, PJ Library, RAVSAK, UJA-Federation of New York, and the Westchester Jewish Council. Each family attending will be eligible to enter into a free raffle for a $1,000 scholarship to any of the participating schools or camps. Acclaimed author Ellen Bari will also be at the fair to read and sign copies of her blockbuster book, Jumping Jenny. Additional information is available at www.jewishfair.org.
The sponsorship of the fair reflects the breadth of support to expand participation in Jewish day school and yeshiva education, Jewish camp experiences, and Israel programs for teens and young adults.
Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle, just outside NYC, is an active, thriving community that provides a wide range of religious, educational, social, and community activities for all ages, allowing the synagogue to engage its Jewish heritage and explore all aspects of Jewish life. Boasting an award-winning nursery school, day camp with in-ground pool, religious school, and active seniors programming, Beth El offers something for everyone.
The Jewish Education Project works with educators, rabbis, principals, and volunteers to create outstanding Jewish experiences for 160,000 children, teens, and families in 800 programs in Westchester, Long Island, and New York City. Together they create outstanding Jewish experiences that go beyond meeting the needs of Jewish kids and families to make a real difference in their lives.
The Jewish Week Media Group brings events, programs, and publications that connect and strengthen the Jewish community in New York and around the world.
PJ Library is a Jewish family engagement program implemented on a local level throughout North America. PJ Library mails free, high-quality Jewish children’s literature and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis. PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. Today, families in hundreds of communities across the United States and Canada are able to explore the timeless core values of Judaism through books and music.
RAVSAK strengthens and sustains the life, leadership, and learning of Jewish community day schools, ensuring a vibrant Jewish future. RAVSAK creates and manages high quality, cutting-edge programmatic opportunities fostering learning and professional growth for administrative leaders, teachers, and students. RAVSAK programs enable school stakeholders to interface with their colleagues for the benefit of the entire field of day-school education.
For more than 95 years, UJA-Federation of New York has inspired New Yorkers to act on their values and invest in our community for the biggest impact. Through UJA-Federation, more than 55,000 donors address issues that matter most to them, pooling their resources to care for New Yorkers of all backgrounds and Jews everywhere, to connect people to their Jewish communities, and to respond to crises close to home and around the globe. Working with nearly 100 network beneficiary agencies, synagogues, and other Jewish organizations, UJA-Federation is the world’s largest local philanthropy; their reach spans from New York to Israel to more than 70 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, please visit www.ujafedny.org.
The Westchester Jewish Council is the central communicating, coordinating, convening advisory and resource body for the county’s Jewish community, representing over 150 Jewish organizations, and serving 150,000 Jews. As Westchester’s Jewish community relations organization, the Council unites Westchester Jewry with the State of Israel, fosters communication among Jewish organizations, and cultivates and strengthens relations with other ethnic groups, elected officials, and the community at large, as well as encouraging participation in Jewish life and supporting and developing initiatives and programs that meet existing and emerging Jewish communal needs.