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The Generations Trust ScholarshipA bold new initiative to make Jewish day school more affordable

UJA strives to build a community in which no Jewish child or teen is denied access to meaningful Jewish experiences due to a lack of affordability. As we work to make a range of vital Jewish programs more financially accessible, we are excited to share a new initiative to address the enormous burden faced by many Jewish day school families.

Created by a group of visionary philanthropic leaders, UJA’s new Generations Trust Scholarship offers day school tuition relief for many families who would otherwise not qualify for assistance.

Current and prospective day school families can now apply for scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year!

How does the Scholarship work?

Applicants must have one, two, or three children between JK and grade 8 enrolled at the same time in one or more of UJA’s funded Jewish day schools.

The Scholarship sets a household tuition cap linked to one’s household income. This cap represents a family’s maximum total tuition fee for up to three students. It will not change if you have one, two, or three students enrolled.

By capping tuition at the household level, the benefits of a Generations Trust Scholarship grow with the number of children enrolled.

For example, a family may find their household tuition cap is $21,000

  • With one child enrolled, they receive no benefit as they would pay their school’s regular tuition of $16,000
  • With two children enrolled, they pay $10,500 per student
  • With three children enrolled, they pay $7,000 per student

Who can qualify?

Applicants must have one, two, or three children between JK and grade 8 enrolled at the same time in one or more of UJA’s funded Jewish day schools. Both current and prospective day school families are eligible to receive the scholarship.

Want to know if your family qualifies?

Find out in just minutes! Use our quick and anonymous scholarship calculator to estimate your eligibility and how much you can expect to pay in day school tuition with a Generations Trust Scholarship.
To use the calculator, click here.

How do I apply?

To get the process started, take 30 seconds to let us know you’re interested!

What makes the Generations Trust Scholarship different?

Expanded qualifications

More families will qualify for tuition assistance than ever before thanks to expanded income qualifications

Scholarship Calculator

Our quick and secure online tuition calculator provides your estimated Scholarship amount before you apply

Easier Process

Applying is simpler and easier than applying for UJA’s regular tuition assistance program

How Do I Apply?  

Questions about the calculator?
Email us at info@generationstrust.ca 

Step 1

Use our quick, easy and secure online tuition calculator. It only takes a few minutes! Our online calculator can estimate your eligibility and how much you can expect to pay in day school tuition with a Generations Trust Scholarship. A Generations Trust Scholarship does not replace UJA’s regular tuition assistance program. Depending on the information you provide, our online calculator may refer you to apply for regular tuition assistance.

Step 2

Find and register for a day school. After you have completed the online calculator, the next step is to apply to your school of choice. If you are new to the Jewish day school system, and would like more information about specific schools, we encourage you to connect directly with a representative from your school(s) of choice. If you would rather a representative reach out to you, please take 30 seconds to let us know which school(s) you are interested in, and a representative from the day school of your choice will be in touch to get the process started. If you are already registered at a Jewish day school, or you know which day school you would like to apply to, please go directly to Step 3.

Step 3

Apply for a Generations Trust Scholarship. Once you have registered for a Jewish day school, you can apply for a Generations Trust Scholarship though UJA’s Community Scholarships Portal.

Tuition Calculator 

Our quick, easy, and secure online tuition calculator can estimate your eligibility and how much you can expect to pay in day school tuition with a Generations Trust Scholarship.

The Generations Trust Scholarship caps the total tuition fees a family will pay for all their children (up to three per family), based on a percentage of household income

Our quick, easy, and secure online tuition calculator can estimate your eligibility and how much you can expect to pay in day school tuition with a Generations Trust Scholarship.

The Generations Trust Scholarship caps the total tuition fees a family will pay for all their children (up to three per family), based on a percentage of household income

This calculator can only provide an estimate regarding your eligibility and qualifying amount for a Generations Trust Scholarship. Confirmation of your family’s scholarship eligibility can only be determined after applying to your school of choice.

Admission decisions are solely the discretion of the schools.

UJA does not collect any of the information that you provide through the calculator form.

Find and register for a Jewish day school 

Questions about the Generations Trust Scholarship?
Email us at info@generationstrust.ca 

Our diverse Jewish day school system offers more choice than any other North American city in terms of Jewish affiliation, educational philosophy, and cultural experience. Families with children enrolled at the UJA-funded elementary Jewish day schools listed below may apply for a Generations Trust Scholarship.

We encourage you to connect directly with a representative from your school of choice for more information about your eligibility and the application process.

Participating Jewish Day Schools

Associated Hebrew Schools

Associated Hebrew Schools (AHS) is proud to represent a wide range of cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, and religious practice. Within this richly diverse community, AHS delivers a powerful educational experience infused with traditional Jewish values. At AHS, each student has the opportunity to find their own path to success and excellence within a safe, vibrant, and innovative learning environment.

Tova Sabeti | Admissions
tsabeti@ahschools.com
416.494.7666 x 575

Ossy Goldenberg | Tuition Support
ogoldenberg@ahschools.com
416.494.7666 x 300

Bialik Hebrew Day School

Bialik students learn in a warm and nurturing, non-denominational Jewish environment at our two branches — located in Vaughan and midtown Toronto. We foster a strong Jewish identity, with students learning experientially about their Jewish heritage and values as well as developing a deep connection to Israel. Our modern facilities and state-of-the-art technology infrastructure provide an environment filled with wonderful opportunities for hands-on, active learning, guided by our excellent teaching faculty. Within our unique STEM approach to learning in both General and Jewish Studies, students are encouraged to be independent, critical thinkers and problem solvers, prepared to become our future Jewish Canadian leaders.

Danielle Waltman | Director of Admissions
dwaltman@bialik.ca
416-783-3346 X 285

 

Eitz Chaim Schools

Eitz Chaim is an Orthodox day school that provides a limudei kodesh program and general studies curriculum with the highest educational standards that prepares the students for success in boys and girls high schools.  We have a boys’ division, girls division, a preschool and a Montessori option that serves pre-nursery through grade 8.

Chavie Lyons | Tuition Manager
tuition@eitzchaim.com
647-655-2691

 

The Joe Dwek Ohr HaEmet Sephardic School

The Joe Dwek Ohr HaEmet Sephardic School has been guided by our dedication to traditional Jewish education through the richness of our Sephardic heritage. Our students are infused with a love for and commitment to Jewish and secular learning provided in the highest standard in a warm and family-oriented setting. Our students acquire the knowledge, proficiency and attitude to become responsible members of the Jewish community, and to become enthusiastic, lifelong, independent seekers of Torah and general knowledge.

Admissions
admissions@jdohss.org

 

 

The Leo Baeck Day School

Discover The Leo Baeck Day School, where children are connected to the world beyond their classroom, where they deepen their Jewish identity and grow to be their best selves. 

Janice Prazoff | Director of Admissions
jprazoff@leobaeck.ca
416-787-9899 x 224

 

Netivot HaTorah Day School

Netivot HaTorah is a co-educational orthodox elementary Jewish Day School for families who live the ideals of Torah, Israel, and Derech Eretz. By virtue of its excellence in Jewish and General Studies education, its uncompromising focus on the individual learning needs and goals of its students, and the welcoming embrace of our community members, Netivot HaTorah strives to help each child achieve his or her unique potential in the areas of academic, religious, social and emotional development.

Mashie Feintuch | Director of Admissions
admissions@netivot.com
905-771-1234 x 234

 

Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School

Paul Penna DJDS is a vibrant SK to Grade 8 Jewish day school committed to exceptional academics in a dynamic environment. The school’s distinct program integrates Judaic and General Studies while encouraging artistic expression as a tool for learning. Committed to social justice and Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World), we nurture responsible citizens and compassionate, confident human beings.  Embracing the values of diversity and equality, the school welcomes students of all Jewish backgrounds.

Sheri Rapp | Admissions
sheri@djds.ca
416-928-3537 x 136

 

Robbins Hebrew Academy

As a progressive Jewish learning academy, RHA equips students with the skills to think critically, the imagination to think beyond, and the discipline that builds character. Through a personalized approach to learning, RHA encourages students to take ownership of their learning goals, be supported by world-class faculty who are there every step of the way, resulting in graduates who are inspired to explore, discover, debate and imagine with the core competencies that will equip them to make a difference in the world. 

Nava Blankenstein | Director of Finance (Financial Assistance)
nblankenstein@rhacademy.ca
416-505-4337

Michael Ferman | Director of Admissions (New Families)
mferman@rhacademy.ca
416-224-8737  x 137

The Toronto Heschel School

The Toronto Heschel School combines a deep love for Jewish learning with the highest academic standards within an inclusive, pluralistic community. Our progressive interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to nurture the habits of heart, soul, body and mind that enable children to flourish academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

Bailey Daniels | Director of Admissions
admissions@torontoheschel.org
416-635-1876 x 334

Mark Abramsohn | Tuition Assistance
admin@torontoheschel.org
416-635-1876 x 225

If you prefer to have a school representative connect with you, please provide your name and contact information and select any schools you would be interested in learning more about. A school representative will be in touch with you shortly.

Connect me with a participating Jewish day school 

The information provided through this contact form will also be shared with each of the schools that you indicated on the form, and by selecting such schools you confirm your consent for sharing your personal information with the schools. Any such information will be subject to such school’s relevant privacy policy and practices.

Respecting your privacy and safeguarding your information is a top priority. Any information you share through this portal is subject to UJA Federation’s privacy policy.

Our Story

For 100 years, Jewish day schools have played a key role in shaping our community.

Research has proven that Jewish day school graduates are:

  • more likely to lead engaged Jewish lives;
  • have strong connections to Israel; and
  • take on leadership roles within the Jewish community.

Day school students represent over half of our Jewish summer camp counsellors, Israel advocates on campus, Birthright Israel madrichim, and synagogue youth leaders. Our entire community benefits from Toronto’s strong system of Jewish education.
Unfortunately, as many families know firsthand, affordability is threatening the fabric of the system. From 2009 to 2019, tuition in Toronto’s Jewish elementary day schools increased by an average of 37 per cent. During that time, enrollment in the non-Orthodox elementary day schools dropped by 20 per cent.

Lack of affordability undermines the Jewish journey of many families. And declining enrollment weakens our day school system as a whole, undermining our shared Jewish future.

Fortunately, experience demonstrates that making day school more affordable can boost enrollment quickly. Recent UJA pilot programs and temporary tuition relief, including emergency scholarships in response to the 2020 pandemic, have confirmed the need for long-term, system-wide change.

This is what the Generations Trust Scholarship will offer many families with elementary-aged children.

The Generations Trust was founded by a group of visionary philanthropic leaders, who have together committed endowments to provide day school tuition relief for generations to come. This program will cover the difference for qualifying families, many of whom are not currently eligible for UJA’s regular tuition assistance programs. Through Generations Trust, we will ensure that more members of our Jewish community – now and in future – will benefit from a life-changing Jewish day school education.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Through UJA’s regular tuition assistance program, we provide significant tuition relief for day school families, in partnership with our funded day schools.

The Generations Trust Scholarship was developed to provide tuition relief for elementary Jewish day school families that do not currently qualify for tuition assistance, but still struggle to afford the cost of a day school education.

If you have not qualified in the past for tuition assistance or even considered the possibility of tuition relief, now is the time to explore a Generations Trust Scholarship using our online calculator.

If you have received or are currently receiving tuition assistance, this does not disqualify your family from applying for a Generations Trust Scholarship. However, students may only receive assistance through Generations Trust or UJA’s regular tuition assistance program in any academic year. Our online calculator can quickly estimate which program is right for your family.

Applicants must have one, two, or three children between JK and grade 8 enrolled at the same time in one or more of UJA’s funded elementary Jewish day schools. Both current and prospective day school families are eligible to receive the scholarship.

The scholarship caps the total tuition fees a family will pay for all their children (up to three per family), based on a percentage of household income. Under the scholarship, the maximum total tuition fees a family will pay remains the same, regardless of whether they have one two or three children.

Click here to use our quick and anonymous scholarship calculator, which can estimate your eligibility and how much you can expect to pay in day school tuition with a Generations Trust Scholarship.

The Generations Trust Scholarship provides targeted tuition relief for families with up to three children enrolled simultaneously at the elementary and/or middle school level in a UJA-funded Jewish day school. If you require tuition assistance for more than three children enrolled in a UJA-funded day school – be they at the elementary, middle, or high school levels – we encourage you to connect with a representative from the day school(s) of your choice.

The Generations Trust Scholarship has been developed to address affordability for elementary and middle school students. If one or more of your children are enrolled in a UJA-funded Jewish high school and your family requires tuition assistance, we encourage you to connect with a representative from the day school(s) of your choice.

Families cannot combine the Generations Trust Scholarship with UJA’s regular tuition assistance program.

Families are welcome to apply for a Generations Trust Scholarship if they have applied for or received an interest-free loan through a UJA-funded Jewish Free Loan of Toronto.

Families are welcome to apply for a Generations Trust Scholarship if they have received financial assistance from UJA for other Jewish experiences, such as March of the Living or Jewish summer camp, for example.

Please click here to connect directly with a representative from your school of choice to get the application process started!

The calculator can only provide an estimate regarding your eligibility and qualifying amount for a Generations Trust Scholarship. Confirmation of your family’s scholarship eligibility can only be determined after applying to your school of choice. Admission decisions are solely the discretion of the schools.

Your estimated maximum tuition fee represents the maximum total you would pay for up to three students enrolled at the same time.

Please note that this number represents a household tuition cap based on income. It does not change if you have one, two, or three students enrolled. This means that some families with one student may find their household cap exceeds the per-student fee charged by their school of choice. In this case, you will of course only pay the regular tuition fee set by the school.

By capping household tuition, the benefits of a Generations Trust Scholarship grow with the number of children enrolled.

For example, a family may find that the calculator sets their household tuition cap at $21,000.

  • With one child enrolled, they receive no benefit as they would pay their school’s regular tuition of $16,000.
  • With two children enrolled, they pay $10,500 per student.
  • With three children enrolled, they pay $7,000 per student.

No. This program has been created to provide a long-term source of tuition relief for qualifying families. If your family continues to meet the eligibility requirements for a Generations Trust Scholarship, you can rest assured that it will be available for the full duration of your children’s elementary day school education. Note that Scholarships are recalculated on an annual basis to ensure tuition relief aligns with your current family income.

The Generations Trust Scholarship is made possible by a local group of visionary Jewish philanthropists who are dedicated to ensuring a strong future for our community. Donations to the Trust are invested as an endowment and managed by the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto. Funds from the endowment will be used to subsidize Scholarships on an annual basis.

In early 2021, UJA Federation reached an important fundraising milestone that enabled us to launch the Scholarship program for qualifying families, beginning with the 2021-22 academic year. At the same time, we are committed to ensuring the Scholarship benefits families for generations to come, especially as our community grows and evolves in the coming decades. This is why UJA Federation is continuing to fundraise and further build the endowment.

We are immensely grateful for this visionary investment in Jewish education. At the same time, UJA’s top priority – in light of the pandemic – remains caring for the Jewish vulnerable and ensuring a strong community recovery. The fact that we can continue meeting the urgent challenge of the pandemic while addressing the long-term issue of day school affordability speaks to the incredible generosity of our donors.

Do you have question we have not answered? Please reach out to us any time at info@generationstrust.ca