Philly-area Jewish high school receives $8.6 million gift


(JTA) — A suburban Philadelphia yeshiva high school has received an $8.6 million donation from a private foundation.

The gift for the Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Merion Station, Pennsylvania, was announced last week by the Kohelet Foundation.

It includes $7.5 million in unrestricted funds to be used for operational expenses at the modern Orthodox school over the next five years, as well as $1.1 million to fund its new Matmidim program and its STEM Research Initiative.

Matmidim is aimed at encouraging students to participate in national Talmud and Bible competitions, as well as in Torah-focused summer programs.  STEM offers students interested in science, technology, engineering and math the opportunity to conduct high-level academic research before they graduate high school.

Kohelet Yeshiva High was founded in 2000 as the as Stern Hebrew High School. The Kohelet Foundation assists Jewish day schools in the Philadelphia region and nationally.

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