Endowment Fund for School Choice
​Because a Jewish Soul should be nurtured; not squandered

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If you like the idea of providing every day school student with a $10,000/yr voucher and you think our game plan is viable, please go on record as supporting us.

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Our Supporters:
Rabbi Yaakov Freedman
Principal, Shalom Torah Academy of Central NJ
Rabbi Aaron Gruman, Chief Rabbi, Twin Rivers (E. Windsor), NJ
  • ​As the principal of Shalom Torah Academy of Central New Jersey since the 1980s, I have had the pleasure of getting to know the Board Members, their families and their children.  I can attest to the sacrifice the parents have made over the years to provide an important Jewish Day School education for their children.  The Board Members of the Endowment Fund constantly involved themselves, contributed financially and volunteered to the betterment of our children and yeshiva in multiple ways over the years.  If anyone asks me the importance of a Jewish Day School education, I tell them about the many simchas and achievements of my students over the last several decades.  Children graduating Shalom Torah not only go on to become Rebbeim, morahs and leaders of our community, many also successfully pursue degrees in medicine, accounting, science, law and a host of other areas.  Our students and educators are carrying on the important tradition of Jewish education which goes back to Biblical times.  One of the basic duties of Jewish parents is to provide for the instruction of their children.  In fact, the obligation to teach one's children is set forth in the first paragraph of the Shema Yisrael prayer:  “Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day.  Impress them upon your children.  Recite them when you stay at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up.  Bind them as sign on your hand and let them serve as a symbol on your forehead; inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and your gates.” (Deut 6:6-9).  If the Board Members can bring their talents to help establish an endowment fund for Jewish education, it would be a wonderful thing and I wish them all the hatzlacha.

  • As the head community Rebbe in Twin Rivers (E. Windsor, NJ) since 1988, I have personally known and worked with all of the Board Members for an average of between 20-25 years. When something needs be done; volunteers or tzedekkah needed, you can't ask for a nicer group of people. I fully support what they're trying to do. The Board Members know firsthand the financial challenges families of yeshiva students face. If the Endowment Fund is successful, I'YH, the challenge of sending children to yeshiva will be significantly reduced. I wish the Board Members much hatzlacha.




Michael (Elimelech) Sears, Yeshiva high school student
E. Windsor, NJ
  • I am finishing up my junior year at Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin, Brooklyn, NY.  I am very thankful to my parents, the Rebbeim and teachers.  They helped me get to where I am today.  Friends of mine have left yeshiva schooling for public schools.  I don't know if costs were the only reason but I heard it was one of the reasons.  My father and the other Board Members believe in Jewish day schooling for all Jewish children.  I agree with them.  I also agree with helping the parents afford the cost.
Scott Sears, Esq.
Elliot Pasik, Esq., Long Beach, NY
  • New York civil litigation attorney, residing in Long Beach NY. Mr. Pasik is the co-founder and president of Jewish Board of Advocates for Children, Inc. (JBAC), established in 2007. JBAC has successfully advocated for greater child protection in New York's religious and nonpublic schools. Mr. Pasik was the original and successful proponent of a new law in NY State which authorizes religious and nonpublic schools to fingerprint and background check their employees for serious criminal histories. He continues to advocate on child protection issues before state legislatures and in the courts. I envision The Endowment Fund being able to provide our Yeshivas with the resources needed to educate and protect our children.


  • I am excited about The Endowment Fund For School Choice and proud of the Board Members who are trying to do good for Klal Yisrael. Having recently been blessed with a baby, one thing that we are not looking forward to is yeshiva tuition. I personally know all of the Board members. They are all very trustworthy and talented. I wish them all the hatzlacha and hope to use the vouchers for my children someday. If they're successful, The Endowment Fund will seriously help to alleviate the Yeshiva tuition crisis.



Jonathan (Meir) Sears, Rabbinical Student
Rabbi Yisroel Nadoff, Shalom Heritage Center, Central NJ & E. Windsor, NJ
  • My name is Jonathan (Meir) Sears. I have an Accounting undergraduate degree & am studying for my rabbinic ordination (smicha) at Lander College for Men. Aaron Sears is my father.  I know that my father & his fellow Board Members will give it their all to make the Endowment Fund a success.  It's very important to provide children with vouchers to help defray yeshiva costs.  This is a very important and worthy undertaking.


  • I see it all the time. Parents value yeshiva and day-school education to the point they give up all luxuries, vacations and non-essentials. It's still difficult. Alleviating the cost of yeshiva tuition should be everyone's priority. The Endowment Fund is attempting to address the issue of the affordability of Jewish day school. Having known each of the Board Members for close to 20 years each, I can confirm the honesty, midos and "ability to get the job done right" qualities they all possess. The Endowment Fund won't be giving out loans. They won't be conducting studies. They will handing out vouchers. In this day and age of financial constraints, I can't think of a more worthwhile objective and encourage everyone who can to support them.


Rabbi Yeruchem Katz, Rabbi, Lakewood and E. Windsor, NJ
  • I'm honored to have the privelege to give The Endowment Fund my endorsement. In Parshas Vayigash, Jacob hears the incredible news that his son, Joseph, is alive and well. Joseph sends an invitation to his father, Jacob, to join him in Egypt. Jacob acquiesces. The Torah relates to us that Jacob sent Judah ahead of the rest of the family to make the proper arrangements for their arrival in the city of Goshen. Rashi, quoting the Midrash, explains Judah’s mission. Yakov sent Judah to establish a house of study to provide Torah instruction and direction for the Jewish community. Why was this necessary? Why couldn’t Jacob wait until they arrived in Goshen to establish a yeshiva? The answer is simple. Jacob was setting a precedent for all of Jewish history. The first priority of any Jewish community must always be Torah education. Today, we are faced with a challenge. Yeshiva tuition has become exorbitant for many families. There is always the possibility of writing off the Jewish educational system as impractical or on the road to extinction. Our patriarch, Jacob, taught us differently. Our survival as a Jewish people is directly correlated to our Jewish education. Yes the investment is great, but there is no other alternative. This is why I fully support providing vouchers to Jewish day school students; which, m"h, The Endowment Fund for School Choice will succeed in doing.



Rabbi Leib Miller
Shalom Heritage Center, E. Windsor, NJ and Lakewood, NJ
  • ​I am proud to have known and shared in many activities with all of the Board members and their families for close to 20 years.  All of them are dedicated to yiddishkeit and educating their children in a torah-friendly environment.  As a community, we can't accept the abandonment of the principle that basic Torah education is a necessity.  Over the centuries, religious schools were supported in the main by outsiders and not by parents.  It's a relatively modern tradition to require parents to shoulder the full cost of educating our children.  The consequences of this financial burden are families having fewer children and many parents sending their children to public schools.  As explained by Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik, z"l, and many of our revered Torah leaders throughout history, when it comes to chesed, schools must be given priority.  As a community, we need to address the high cost of Jewish schooling which is causing pain in too many good and modest Torah-observant homes.  If successful, the answer to the yeshiva funding crisis is the Endowment Fund for School Choice.  For these reasons, I wholeheartedly support them, wish them success and urge everyone who can to support them.
Rabbi Yisroel Meyer Merkin, Teacher, Shalom Torah Academy
  • I live in Lakewood, NJ and teach in Shalom Torah Schools in Manalapan Township, NJ (formerly in E. Windsor, NJ). It's been my pleasure over the years to instruct the Board Members' children and work with the parents. When you think of a haimish group of concerned parents and leaders, the Board members of the Endowment Fund come to mind. I'm not sure any group is qualified to raise the monies and do what they're trying to accomplish. If anyone can pull it off, I think they can. I wish them all the hatzlacha in their efforts.