The Greensboro Jewish Federation strives to build a more inspired, caring community here at home and in Jewish communities around the world. We work to promote Jewish identity and participation for generations to come by supporting programs and opportunities for involvement at many levels, especialy for young Jewish adults and families.
We work with our partners to provide children and young people with Jewish educational experiences at every stage of life, both formally and informally. The dual commitment to general education and Jewish studies, shared by all of our schools and supported programs, prepares students for the challenges ahead—in the classroom and in life.
JELF: JEWISH EDUCATIONAL LOAN FUND
The Jewish Educational Loan Fund grants interest-free loans to Jewish students from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia for post-secondary study at accredited institutions. JELF’s loans are “last dollar” — they supply the final funds that a student needs to attend school. These loans can be used for study at a college or university, graduate school or professional/vocational school that leads to a degree or certificate.
Each year, applications for the full academic year open in early January and close on April 30. For the spring semester, applications open September 1 and close on September 30.
For more information, contact Alicia Kaplan, JFS Director, who administers this program in Greensboro, (336) 852-4829 ext. 225. The online application is available at www.jelf.org.
THE ROSALYN SALTZ AND NORMAN SEYMOUR PLINER SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Rosalyn Saltz and Norman Seymour Pliner Scholarship Fund was established by Norman Seymour Pliner, z"l in memory of his wife to honor her lifelong commitment to higher education. Unable to attend college, Rosalyn Saltz, z"l was an avid learner and regretted her lack of a university education. Her daughters, Dr. Patricia Louise Pliner, Dr. Judith Ellen Pliner, and Janice Leslie Pliner continue this fund to help others achieve what their mother only dreamed of doing.
The Scholarship provides financial assistance to students residing in North or South Carolina attending accredited post-secondary schools as full-time students. Selected recipient(s) must demonstrate commitment and involvement in their chosen field as well as advancing Jewish women in leadership roles.
CLICK HERE for the The Rosalyn Saltz and Norman Seymour Pliner Scholarship Guidelines and Application. Contact Alicia Kaplan, Jewish Family Services of Greensboro Director, (336) 852-4829 ext. 225 regarding availability. Applications are due the last day of May.
THE RINA SKY WOLFGANG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Rina Sky Wolfgang Memorial Scholarship is for post-secondary school educational/ vocational scholarships for Grimsley High School Seniors. The amount of the Scholarship(s) each year shall be determined by the Wolfgang Family, with the intent that each scholarship be one thousand dollars ($1000).
Rina Sky Wolfgang was a teacher for over 40 years. She helped students to see the best in themselves, to identify their unique strengths, to overcome obstacles, and to always work hard to achieve their goals. Rina bravely fought cancer for nearly 7 years, and continued to teach high school students throughout her battle. She worked hard to live each day to the fullest and to share her joy for education and self-betterment.
A testamentary gift from Lawrence M. Cohen, designated for the support of Jewish education for the purpose of endowing the survival of Jewish heritage and religion, B’nai Shalom Day School is one of the named recipients.
EARLY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
When children begin their Jewish studies early in life and continue studying beyond B'nai Mitzvah, they are more likely to remain involved in a Jewish way of life, have Jewish friends, feel a bond with Israel and carry those Jewish practices into adulthood. The Greensboro Jewish Federation is proud to promote local Jewish education.
B'nai Shalom provides an outstanding secular and Jewish education for students (ages 1-14) in a nurturing environment where children are challenged to become inquisitive learners, critical thinkers, and confident leaders.
The Early Childhood Engagement Center at Temple Emanuel is for children ages 2-5. The Center strives to form meaningful relationships — between the children, their families, the teachers, and the Jewish world.
Explore timeless core values of Judaism through books and music! PJ Library mails free, Jewish children's books and music to families every monthly. Families with Jewish children from age six months of age through eight years are welcome to sign up.
With nearly a century of rich history, BBYO has brought leadership training, community service opportunities, Jewish education, a connection to Israel, and positive identity to thousands of Jewish teens. Today, BBYO reaches 70,000 Jewish teens in 700+ chapters across 50 countries around the world.
BBYO aspires to be a safe and welcoming community where teens develop their own personal Jewish identity. The teen-led programming is fun, with an emphasis on connectivity between young Jews across the globe. Teens emerge with precious friendships and practical leadership skills that will serve them well into the future. Committed to a pluralistic experience, BBYO welcomes all Jewish teens regardless of background, denominational affiliation, gender, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or abilities.
The Greensboro Chapters of AZA and BBG (the boys and girls chapters which make up BBYO in Greensboro) comprise Jewish teens from around the city. The teens are the leaders and directors of the group – they take care of all the details under the guidance of volunteer adult advisors. Greensboro has a long history of BBYO involvement and the teens today continue to make this the #1 Jewish Teen Youth Group in our area.
L'TAKEN SOCIAL JUSTICE SEMINAR
The L'Taken Social Justice Seminar is an intensive four-day kallah, in Washington, DC, focused on Jewish values and social justice. A trip is organized every winter by Temple Emanuel and Beth David Synagogue for local high school students. The Greensboro Jewish Federation is proud to offer partial subsidies to local participants. The program focuses on:
Education – learning Jewish social justice values, the legislative process and the political and social reality we need to transform.
Action – going to Capitol Hill and lobbying their Senators’ and Representatives’ offices on the issues they have just studied.
Prayer – connecting holiness and justice through creative worship services.
At the seminar, experts from both inside and outside the Jewish community cover important issues in a variety of interactive formats. In addition, each seminar includes an opportunity to tour sites in DC, and a unique Havdalah service. To learn more, contact Rabbi Andrew Koren at (336) 292-7899 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORTH CAROLINA HILLEL
North Carolina Hillel is the foundation for Jewish campus life at all colleges and universities in North Carolina (except Duke University) - the only statewide Hillel in the country. Based in Chapel Hill but serving campuses across the state, North Carolina Hillel's staff and student interns work to create vibrant Jewish campus communities and develop our community's future leaders.
The mission of North Carolina Hillel is to enrich the lives of North Carolina's Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. NC Hillel seeks to provide students with meaningful Jewish experiences and foster within them an enduring connection to Jewish life. For more information, visit www.nchillel.org.
DISCOVER JEWISH LIFE AROUND THE WORLD
Teens who participate in organized Israel travel programs and overnight Jewish camps are more likely to value their heritage, support Jewish causes as adults, and take on leadership roles in their communities. The Federation is committed to helping Jewish teens from Greensboro embark on these life-changing journeys by offering information, guidance, scholarships for camps and Israel trips. Learn more about the many different travel opportunities by contacting The Greensboro Jewish Federation or our Outreach and Engagement Manager at (336) 852-5433 x243.
Each summer, the Federation sends volunteers to Beltsy, Moldova to facilitate Camp Delet, a program designed to help Jews, young and old, continue to grow spiritually and ritualistically. LEARN about the partnership between Greensboro and Beltsy.
Strengthen your understanding and appreciation of your Jewish identity, while exploring the culture of Israel in a group just for teens. Contact us for details about teen grants and scholarships for Israel travel.
The impact of Jewish camp is immediate—campers return home connected to a community and friends that will last them a lifetime. Learn more about traditional and specialty overnight camps that cater to each family’s needs.