For Better, Safer, More Affordable Day Schools and Yeshivot

Teach Coalition aims to secure government financial support for Jewish day schools and yeshivot. Teach Coalition lobbies for equitable government funding, tax credit scholarships, government grants, and education savings accounts to benefit Jewish families and schools. The Coalition advocates on behalf of approximately 90 percent of yeshivah and day school students nationwide.

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Photo on left: School Safety champion Senate Policy Majority Chair Dave Argall (R-29) addresses hundreds of day schools students and supporters at Teach PA’s Mission to Harrisburg. This year, nonpublic schools received $3.2 million in school safety funding, a 497% over last year, as a result of advocacy.
Photo on right: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signs historic bill increasing the state’s security funding for nonpublic schools to $22.6 million.
increase in NY STEM funding and a groundbreaking new state and local STEM funding program in NJ
security funding for at-risk institutions in Teach Coalition states, including Jewish day schools and synagogues in 2019
of yeshivah and day school students benefit from Teach Coalition efforts

Highlights and Achievements

The Largest Jewish Day School Delegation Advocates in Albany

Led by Teach NYS, an unprecedented 700 students, educators, and parents from Jewish day schools and yeshivot across New York State made their voices heard in the halls of the New York State legislature. The delegation met with 90 legislators and pressed for increased funding for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, as well as funding for school security.

Increasing Funding for STEM Teachers in New York and New Jersey

Teach Coalition was instrumental in creating groundbreaking STEM legislation for New York and New Jersey day schools and yeshivot. This year, Teach NYS worked to increase that funding from $15 million to $30 million in the 2019 NY budget. Capitalizing on NY’s success, Teach NJ worked closely with Governor Murphy and the state legislature to create an historic grant program to begin to fund NJ STEM teachers in nonpublic schools.

TeachON launches in Ontario, Canada

TeachON successfully launched in 2019, in partnership with the Jewish community of Ontario. This new effort has begun working on behalf of Jewish day schools in Ontario for provincial funding. TeachON’s advocacy efforts will focus on STEM, special needs and security funding.

Helping Day Schools Access Available Government Funding

Teach Coalition works with day schools and yeshivot to help navigate complex funding applications for government programs on the state and local level, to ensure they are maximizing funding opportunities the schools are eligible for. These efforts brought in millions of dollars for Teach member schools.

Teach PA Harrisburg Rally for Tax Credits and Security Funding

Teach PA played a critical role in increasing scholarship tax credit programs and security funding to $30 million and $3 million respectively in 2019. Three hundred students, community leaders, parents and educators advocated at the state capital as part of this successful grassroots effort.

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State Security Highlights


$2.5 million allocated in security funding for Florida Jewish day schools and yeshivot for the 2019-2020 school year, a 25% increase from last year.


$22.6 million allocated in security funding for New Jersey’s nonpublic schools. Funding was doubled in 2019.


$3.2 million in security grants awarded from Pennsylvania’s Office of Safe Schools for 2019-2020, a 587% increase over the previous year.


$60 million budgeted for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $20 million in matching grants, which was allocated for safety and security projects at nonpublic schools and day camps. This money is in addition to the $40 million allocated in the state budget.


$15 million budgeted for institutions at risk of hate motivated violence, including Jewish day schools and synagogues. This program increased from $500,000 in 2018. The California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program was signed into law and now includes safety equipment and security personnel at risk.

Allen Fagin, Exec. VP, Orthodox Union; Dan Mitzner, Director of State Political Affairs, Teach Coalition; Renee Klyman, Grassroots Director, Teach NJ; Phil Murphy, Governor, NJ; Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO, OU Kosher

Schools Impacted By Teach Coalition


Brauser Maimonides Academy Donna Klein Jewish Academy
Hadar High School for Girls
Hebrew Academy Community School Katz Hillel Community Day School Katz
Yeshiva High School
Lubavitch Educational Center
Posnack School
Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy Scheck Hillel Community School
Sha’arei Bina Torah Academy for Girls Temple Beth Emet Day School
Torah Academy of Boca Raton
Yeshiva Elementary and Mesivta
Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes


Ben Porat Yosef
Clifton Cheder
Heichal Hatorah
Hillel Yeshiva
Ilan High School
Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy Kellman Brown Academy
Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls Netivot - The Montessori Yeshiva
Politz Day School of Cherry Hill
Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva (RPRY)
Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School
Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey (RYNJ) Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County Tenafly Chabad Academy
The Frisch School
The Hebrew Academy
The IDEA School
The Moriah School
Torah Academy of Bergen County (TABC)
Yavneh Academy
Yeshiva Bais Hillel (YBH of Passaic) Yeshivat He’atid
Yeshivat Noam


Abrams Hebrew Academy Caskey Torah Academy
Hillel Academy
Jack M Barrack Hebrew Academy Kohelet Yeshiva
Kosloff Torah Academy
Mesivta High School of Greater Philadelphia Perelman Jewish Day School
Politz Hebrew Academy


Adolph Schreiber Hebrew Academy of Rockland Barkai Yeshiva
Beit Rabban
Beit Yakov Orot
Bet Shraga Hebrew Academy of the Capital District Bnos Aliya
Bnos Bais Yaakov
Chabad of Westchester (Alef Bet School)
Darchai Menachem
Derech HaTorah of Rochester
Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School for Boys
Gan Academy
Gan Aliya
Gesher ECC
Hebrew Academy of Long Beach
Hebrew Academy of Nassau County
Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway Hebrew Day School of Sullivan and Ulster County IVDU School
Jewish Foundation School of Staten Island
Luria Academy of Brooklyn
Magen David Yeshivah
Maimonides Hebrew Day School of the Capital District
Manhattan Day School
Mesivta Ateres Yaakov
Midreshet Shalhevet
North Shore Hebrew Academy
Ohr Temimim/Jewish Heritage Day School Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day
School Rabbi Jacob Joseph School Boys
Rabbi Jacob Joseph School Girls Rambam Mesivta
SAR Academy
SAR High School
Shulamith School for Girls
Solomon Schechter School of Long Island Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan Solomon Schechter School of Queens Staten Island Hebrew Academy Syracuse Hebrew Day School
Talmudical Institute of Upstate NY
Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls The Brandeis School
The Leffell School
The Ramaz School
Torah Academy for Girls
Westchester Day School
Westchester Hebrew High School
Westchester Torah Academy
Yeshiva Darchei Torah
Yeshiva Har Torah
Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island
Yeshiva Ketana of Manhattan
Yeshiva of Central Queens
Yeshiva of Far Rockaway
Yeshiva of Flatbush
Yeshiva of South Shore
Yeshiva Ohavei Torah
Yeshiva Shaare Torah
Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA) Yeshiva University High
School for Girls (Central) Yeshivat Darche Eres
Zvi Dov Roth Academy of Yeshiva Rambam

Jewish day school and yeshiva student advocates at the Teach PA mission on the steps of the State Capital in Harrisburg, PA

STEM Education For All of Our Students

In late July, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) released the first $5 million of funds to help pay the salaries of 1,700 nonpublic school STEM teachers in 338 schools across the state. The historic legislation that made this funding possible was conceived of and driven by Teach NYS in concert with state legislators.

From inception to completion, Teach NYS led an advocacy campaign made up of thousands of parents STEM Education For All of Our Studentsand students working hand in hand with legislators. With the initial allocation of $5 million in the 2017-18 school year, Teach NYS’s subsequent budget years has resulted in a 600% increase to $30 million, in the 2019-20 school year.

“As a head of school, I see the difference that this funding makes,” said Raizi Chechik, head of school, Manhattan Day School. “Because we can now allocate optimal resources towards staffing, we are able to enhance our educational programs across all disciplines.”

Fueled by the momentum garnered from New York’s groundbreaking STEM reimbursement program, Teach NJ led the charge to create the first STEM funding program in New Jersey. The STEM grant program is designed to help nonpublic schools address the issues of rising costs of STEM education, a major shortage of qualified STEM teachers, and the continuing need to expand STEM education offerings to all students.

The financial information here is unaudited and does not reflect the OU’s significant support for all of its programs through facilities, management and administrative services, e.g. IT, Finance, HR, and Communications.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaking at Mission to Albany 2019
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