Day 2: Sharon’s Story – How UJA Helps

Over the last 100 years UJA has been helping Jewish children attend day school through tuition subsidies.

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Stock photo used to protect the identity of the subject

This year alone subsidies were granted to 2,300 students totaling
$10 million dollars. Each child represents a story, a narrative filled with optimism and anxiety, laughter and tears.

Here is Sharon’s* story:

I grew up in small town Ontario. We had a small Jewish community and there were no Jewish day schools. My parents infused Jewish values into our family and I attended Jewish camp which was a big part of my life. I moved to Toronto for school and I stayed because of the community. As a single woman, I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to be a parent so I chose to have a child on my own. Day school hadn’t been an option for us growing up in a small town but it was something I wanted for my child. I wanted to give her a Jewish education and a strong Jewish identity. Tuition for Jewish day school was unaffordable for me.

I didn’t apply for a tuition subsidy initially because of pride and embarrassment, but the school made it as easy as possible. Without United Jewish Appeal and the tuition support it provides, I couldn’t do this for my child. My child and I are now fully entrenched in the Jewish community and I am hopeful for my child’s Jewish future.

*Sharon’s name has been changed to protect the identity of the subject.

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