We believe that every Jewish child deserves an excellent Jewish education, no matter the size of their community.
We also know that even in communities lucky enough to have Jewish professionals, many religious schools are still run by parents and other volunteer lay-people. These dedicated volunteers give their weekend over to teaching religious school. They come with enthusiasm and commitment, and often work without any professional support; in many instances they may have limited Judaic or pedagogical training of their own.
With our accessible, trans-denominational education program, the ISJL assists these parents and communities, and helps ensure students will become life-long participants in the Jewish community. The ISJL’s pilot education program began with 10 communities in the four states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Today, the program serves dozens of communities across the region.
We support these partner communities through the "3 Cs" of the ISJL Education Program.