Helen Bader Foundation to Permanently Endow Jewish Day School Education over Next Decade
To determine the greatest need, the federation works closely with the five schools that participate in the program: Hillel Academy, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, Torah Academy of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Institute for Torah Study, and Yeshiva Elementary School of Milwaukee. That collaboration has attracted national attention to the Milwaukee area, with many Jewish communities seeking to replicate its approach toward sustaining Jewish education and building a vibrant Jewish culture.
"Among communities our size, Milwaukee is unsurpassed in its level of support for Jewish education," said Rick Meyer, federation executive vice president. "Maintaining that momentum is no small task, but we hope that other members of our community will be inspired to follow the Helen Bader Foundation's example of long-term commitment to Jewish day school education."
Bader said that the Scholarship's role in building a stronger Jewish community ties back to the ideals of the Foundation's namesake, the late Helen Bader, a businesswoman turned social worker.
"Every year, we see the impact of the Scholarships at the student and family level, but it's really much broader than that," he said. "The spirit of this community is epitomized by day school students who strengthen their faith and go on in life to help others. I'm pleased that my mother's legacy will continue to make that a reality."
About the Foundation: The Helen Bader Foundation, Inc. strives to be a philanthropic leader in improving the quality of life of the diverse communities in which it works. The Foundation makes grants, convenes partners, and shares knowledge to affect emerging issues in key areas, awarding more than $179 million in grants and $10 million in Program Related Investments since it was established in 1991.