One Million Dollar Bequest to the TALI Education Fund by Louis and Judith Miller, Los Angeles
The Schechter Institutes, Inc. and the TALI Education Fund are proud to announce that Schechter Institute board member Louis Miller and his wife, Judith Miller of Los Angeles, CA, have reaffirmed their strong commitment to pluralistic Jewish education in Israel and to TALI education with a bequest of one million dollars earmarked for the TALI school system.
This new donation is part of a long tradition of giving by Louis and Judith Miller over the past twenty years which includes the adoption of the TALI Retamim School in Ashdod and the TALI Amirim School in Beersheva; publication of TALI textbooks used by Israel’s Ministry of Education “Jewish Culture” curriculum; adoption of a classroom in the new Schechter Jerusalem campus; and most recently, a new pledge to advance TALI pre-school education. Their generosity has helped to provide the engine for growth of the TALISchoolNetwork, which has more than doubled in size from 20,000 pupils in 2003 to 45,000 pupils in 2013.
In addition to their significant historic support of the TALI program, Louis and Judith Miller are dedicated and respected leaders at Beth Am,Los Angeles; AJU; andCamp RamahCalifornia.
At a ceremony held at the Schechter Institute on October 27 to honor the Millers’ long-standing support of pluralistic Jewish education in Israel,Louis Millerexpressed his satisfaction at the growth he has witnessed taking place at Schechter: “It is pleasure to be here and see the Jerusalem Campus completed; students learning; the Bet Midrash in operation. It is very satisfying to know that I had a small part to play in making this happen.” Mr. Miller concluded by saying, “It is very emotional to be able to see a dream realized.” The Millers were inIsraelwith a family mission of twenty, spanning four generations.
Prof.David Golinkin, President of the Schechter Institute, expressed his deep appreciation to the Millers for their significant support of Schechter and TALI. “The Schechter Institute was founded with four rabbinical students in 1984. I am happy to report that this year we are teaching over 50,000 children and adults throughout Israel and Ukraine, including: over 700 students in the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary and Schechter Institute Graduate School; over 45,000 children in TALI schools and pre-schools; over 4,000 people attend activities at our new Neve Schechter branch in Tel Aviv; and over 1,000 children and adults participate in Midreshet Yerushalyim, Ukraine.
“We have only been able to achieve our goals thanks to the generosity of donors such as Lou and Judy Miller. Their bequest is a major boost to our endowment campaign and we are happy that the Millers are allowing Schechter to use their bequest as an incentive to raise another million dollars in matching bequests,” summed up Golinkin.