WESTERN MASS. – In a move marking its continued commitment to supporting Jewish life in the Pioneer Valley, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation announced to the boards of Lander-Grinspoon Academy (LGA) in Northampton, and Heritage Academy and Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA), both in Longmeadow, that it will be increasing the amount of its Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) from $2,500 per student per year, to $4,000 per year effective for the 2015-2016 academic year.
“The trustees of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation believe in the value of a Jewish day school education, and this increase in the Tuition Incentive Program expresses that support in an unqualified way,” said Mark Gold of the Grinspoon Foundation.
“Our families represent the full spectrum of Jews in our community – some are affiliated with local synagogues and for some, LGA is their Jewish home,” said Deborah Bromberg Seltzer, school principal. “We are optimistic that this news opens up the possibility for more and more Valley families to be able to give their children the special gift of an LGA education.”
After 18 years in operation, LGA’s mission is to provide a rich, academically rigorous, and values-based education integrating general and Jewish studies in a nurturing environment. LGA is now accepting applications for kindergarten for the 2015 – 2016 school year and lateral transfers from grades 1 – 6 as well.
Heritage Academy in Longmeadow is a pluralistic Jewish day school for grades Junior Kindergarten through eighth grade with students from across the spectrum of Jewish observance. A Leader in Me school, Heritage recently began a partnership with World ORT Kadima Mada (WOKM) as their first pilot school in the United States.
“We are so grateful to the HGF for their continued support of Heritage Academy and Jewish education,” said Lauren Life, Heritage Academy’s lead administrator. “Our families are extremely fortunate to receive financial assistance from HGF.”
LYA has served the Jewish community of Western Massachusetts for close to 70 years. LYA is accredited by NEASC, The New England Association of School and Colleges and is a Leader in Me school. LYA offers Judaic and secular studies for toddlers through eighth grade with individualized attention, as well as providing family education, holiday programming, a Hebrew School and Hachai Hebrew High School.
“We are very excited with this new opportunity that the Harold Grinspoon Foundation is providing for LYA and other schools. We believe that increasing the TIP funding will be a wonderful incentive that will encourage parents to bring their students to LYA and also has the potential to bring new families to Western Mass.,” said Rabbi Noach Kosofsky, LYA principal.