Kohelet Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Kohelet Foundation was founded by Renaissance Technologies veteran David Magerman. Kohelet's education grantmaking centers on supporting Jewish day schools in the Philadelphia area.

IP TAKE: The Kohelet Foundation works with Jewish day schools in Philadelphia and beyond. This foundation aims to identify and implement best practices in Jewish K-12 education. This funder does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE: The Kohelet Foundation was founded by David Magerman, a research scientist at Renaissance Technologies, to find better and more affordable ways to run Jewish day schools. The foundation supports Jewish day schools of all denominations in the greater Philadelphia area and works with organizations across the country to identify and implement best practices in Jewish education.

The Kohelet Foundation partners with several Jewish schools in Greater Philadelphia toward improving "the impact of current and new resources to the day school community in the form of joint academic and non-academic programs and funding." Collaborative schools include Abrams Hebrew Academy, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, Kellman Brown Academy, Kosloff Torah Academy and Perelman Jewish Day School. In 2015, the foundation launched its Yeshiva Lab School, an Orthodox Jewish day school that incorporates best practices from Jewish schools across the U.S. The foundation's Kohelet Fellowships Program is a "two-year Jewish learning experience" which focuses on the parents of Jewish day school students. Kohelet also runs several scholarship and exchange programs for Jewish students.

This foundation supports Jewish day schools. It does not accept unsolicited proposals for funding but welcomes letters of inquiry by email or mail. Per Kohelet's website, reviewing and responding to a letter of inquiry normally takes about four weeks. 

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