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- Provide tutoring services to academically at-risk children.
- Strengthen local African American-Jewish relations.
- Engage the congregation in interfaith community building.
The congregation, which includes many educators and other professionals, wanted to provide personalized academic assistance to local children. The social action committee contacted a local church with which the synagogue had previously worked on community-building projects. Together, the leadership of the two congregations developed a plan for an after-school enrichment program.
Members of the communities donated funds for salaries and materials, as well as in-kind contributions of supplies and equipment. In addition, the project received grants from local organizations.
Children were provided with individual tutoring and homework assistance; activities in language and literature, the arts, mathematics, and science; computer training (using six complete systems pieced together from donations); and field trips for the enjoyment of nature, art, science and entertainment.
To celebrate the success of the program, a joint service was held at the synagogue, showcasing the spirit of fellowship, with excellent attendance by members of both congregations. A volunteer recognition celebration held at the end of the school year was well-attended and uplifting in spirit and substance.
The program has received favorable coverage, and strengthened African-American/Jewish relations within the local community.