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San Diego Jewish Academy Students Prepare to Give Back to the Community and Beyond During Hannukah

For Immediate Release

December 17, 2019

Contact: Jason Edelstein, 510-239-1102


San Diego Jewish Academy Students Prepare to Give Back to the Community and Beyond During Hannukah

Charities make presentations to students about their causes, students now will mobilize peers to donate to their charity of choice

San Diego – As many children excitedly receive presents this time of year, students at San Diego Jewish Academy are giving back to their community and beyond through a charitable project that reflects the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam – “Repairing the World.”

Now in its second year, the project is known as Tamchui, an Aramaic word that means “community collection pot” and is a keystone project of the Michan and Krongolf Family Tikkun Olam Program. For their Tamchui project, 8th graders received presentations from five selected organizations: Feeding San Diego, San Diego G’Mach, Ride Above Disability, A Bridge for Kids, and Jewish National Fund. Thereafter, 8th grade students made presentations to the entire K-12 student body about each charity.

This week leading up to Hannukah, all SDJA students will “donate” by placing poker chips in clear boxes corresponding to their charity of choice, in a designated area lined with posters describing each charity. The culmination of the event will take place on Friday, January 17 when the charities will be presented with giant checks in support of their organization. That precedes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is a federally designated National Day of Service.

“Hannukah is a unique opportunity to teach that giving back can be more important than focusing on material gifts,” says Chaim Heller, Head of School at San Diego Jewish Academy, who teaches 8th graders as part of the charitable education program at the school. “This is an especially powerful project because the students are learning about charities and experiencing the impact they can have all at the same time. They craft the charitable action and they really see the change they can create in the world.”

As part of their learning experience, Heller’s 8th grade class selected Feeding San Diego to participate in Tamchui.

“Feeding San Diego is honored to have been selected for the Tamchui Project by San Diego Jewish Academy,” said Vince Hall, CEO of Feeding San Diego. “This charitable project is a unique opportunity for students to gain a deeper understanding about community issues and the power they have to create change. We look forward to exposing students to the fact that one in eight people face hunger in San Diego County and that there are various ways they can help us end hunger through food rescue.”

San Diego Jewish Academy is a pluralistic pre-school through 12th grade school with a beautiful 56-acre campus and more than 600 students. The school’s Open Door program offers half price tuition for children in Kindergarten and 9th grade. Half price tuition continues for four years for those students as they matriculate into higher grades.