This collaborative partnership, which includes the Jewish National Fund, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and the Alexander Muss High School in Israel, will offer Sarasota-Manatee teens scholarships to study in Israel.
(Sarasota-Manatee) Thanks to a $500,000 donation from Bea and Ilene Friedman to the Jewish National Fund (JNF), Sarasota-Manatee teens will have the opportunity to study abroad in Israel at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI) in perpetuity. Through grants from the Bea and Ilene Friedman Scholarship Fund, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee will manage the distribution of scholarships to regionally based teens.
“Bea Friedman has been the bedrock of the Jewish Federation from almost day one,” says Martin Haberer, associate director of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee (JFSM), the non-profit organization that will be responsible for granting scholarships to area teens once they’ve been accepted to the Alexander Muss High School program.
“Whether it was stepping forward first with six-figure gifts during the wars with Lebanon or annually opening her home to our most major donors, Bea has always been the person we turn to first when our Jewish community is in need,” says Haberer. “She has never disappointed. What’s exciting is that, for this project, Bea teamed with her daughter Ilene, who ultimately gave her blessing for this gift to become reality. We’re thrilled to be able to help area teens obtain scholarships to attend this life-rewarding program.”
Since 1972, AMHSI has been a leader in customized Israel education experiences and living history encounters that challenge the mind, stir the emotions, and touch the heart. AMHSI is dedicated to engaging teens and helping them discover, explore, and embrace their connection to the heritage, culture and Land of Israel. AMHSI has been an important contributor to the leadership and educational fabric of the North American Jewish community. The program has enabled more than 22,000 teens to explore the Jewish state through a unique academic experience, many of whom continue to be active leaders in their Jewish communities today. Before the Bea and Ilene Friedman Scholarship Fund, no teens from this area had ever attended the program.
Accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association, AMHSI is designed for 10th, 11th and 12th grade high school students. Students are able to advance in their class work from their home schools through AMHSI’s unique accredited program, where it is also possible for students to earn college credits while learning AMHSI’s Core Curriculum.
Students must be accepted to an AMHSI program to receive a scholarship from The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. To learn about the various sessions AMHSI offers throughout the year, contact Andrea Schleider, director of admissions for Florida, at 954-805-557, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.amhsi.org. To apply for funding for AMHSI through the Friedman Family Scholarship fund, contact Amber Ikeman, Youth Engagement Coordinator, at 941-343-2106 or email@example.com.
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in the Sarasota-Manatee region, in Israel, and throughout the world. In addition, the Federation is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. For more information about The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, call 941-371-4546 or visit www.TheJewishFederation.org.