Temple Beth Jacob
Concord, NH 03301
Target Groups: Adults
Since 1990, Andru Volinsky, an attorney in private practice in Concord, New Hampshire and an active member and teacher in the Temple Beth Jacob community, has dedicated much of his personal and professional life in the pursuit of a just funding mechanism for the New Hampshire public school system. This work culminated in his role as the lead attorney for the "Claremont suit", a landmark effort to reform education funding in New Hampshire. In 1997, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire, ruling on the case, declared New Hampshire's property tax funding structure unconstitutional, overturning decades of injustice and inequality. For further information concerning this lawsuit please visit www.claremontlawsuit.com
In 1998, the Social Action Committee of Temple Beth Jacob, Concord, New Hampshire, created the Andru Volinsky Community Service Fund, honouring Mr.Volinsky's dedicated service and acts of Tikkun Olam. The Volinsky fund is available for teacher-initiated educational programs that address community needs. Public school administrators throughout the state are notified about the grants each year. Teachers are requested to submit a brief grant application to the Social Action Committee. To date, approximately 54 awards have been granted to 13 different school districts. The grants range from $75-$250, hoping to augment the costs of social and community service projects created by teachers.
The Volinsky fund was started with approximately $10,000, derived from a temple project honouring Mr.Volinsky's contribution to tax and education justice in our state. Accrued interest, and up to 10% of the initial capital fund, is allocated annually. A sub-committee of the Social Action Committee mails out an additional fundraising request letter yearly, partially replenishing the fund. The Social Action Committee of Temple Beth Jacob currently consists of six temple members, half of whom serve on the Volinsky Fund sub-committee. Enthusiastic and graceful feedback has been received from recipients of the grants.