More Than $1.2M in STEM Grants for Local Yeshivas, Day Schools


December 1, 2020 1:31 pm
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Senator Todd Kaminsky announced this week that he helped secure more than $1,205,276 in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education grants for local Five Towns and West Hempstead yeshivas. The funds from the New York State budget awarded to more than 15 local Jewish day schools will be used to reimburse the cost of STEM equipment, educational resources and teachers.

“I am proud to continue advocating and delivering for our local yeshivas to ensure they have all the tools they need to continue providing a first-rate education to our community’s children,” said Senator Todd Kaminsky.“This investment in our Jewish day schools will further prepare our students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow’s complex, technology-driven world. Importantly, the more money we secure for our yeshivas from Albany, the less hardworking parents are called upon to shoulder the burden.” 

“NYS STEM funding is an incredible program which helps enhance students’ abilities. We owe a deep debt of gratitude to our State Senator, Todd Kaminsky, for his important role in securing this funding, and we hope this program continues to grow,” said Richard Hagler, Executive Director of the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach (HALB). 

“HAFTR is so grateful to our representatives in Albany and all they do for our school, especially when it comes to STEM funding. STEM is one of the most important areas of study at HAFTR, and we are proud to lead the field in yeshiva day school STEM education. We have recently completed our brand new, state of the art, Gilad Kalter a”h STEM and Innovation Lab in our Lower School. This project was made possible with the help of some very generous donors as well as the wonderful support from Albany and with the help of our local representative Senator Todd Kaminsky,” said Ari Solomon, Executive Director of the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway.

Local Jewish day schools that were awarded STEM grant funding include: 

  • The Stella K. Abraham High School (SKA): $119,858
  • The Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School (DRS): 175,807
  • The Torah Academy for Girls (TAG) High School: $72,952
  • The Torah Academy for Girls (TAG) Elementary School: $97,664
  • Yeshiva Darchei Torah (YDT): $98,200
  • Mesivta Shaarei Chaim: $13,990
  • The Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaways (HAFTR) High School: $137,043
  • The Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC): $27,495
  • The Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC): $103,591
  • Mesivta Ateres Yaakov (MAY): $18,509
  • The Brandeis School: $76,336
  • Mesivta Ateres Yaakov (MAY): $18,509
  • The Shulamith School for Girls: $37,005
  • Rambam Mesivta: $20,646
  • The Kulanu Academy: $9,253
  • Midreshet Shalhevet: $13,761
  • Bnos Bais Yaakov: $46,391
  • Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island (YKLI): $4,627
  • The Yeshiva of South Shore (YOSS): $33,948

Senator Kaminsky has been a champion for yeshivas, securing more than hundreds of millions of dollars in state aid for non-public schools each year in the state budget. Kaminsky has been committed to combating the yeshiva tuition crisis, and secured tens of million dollars in security aid for Jewish day schools and community institutions in the budget as well. Most recently, Senator Kaminsky led the Long Island Senate Majority delegation in blasting proposed state regulations that would allow bureaucrats to interfere with yeshiva education and infringe on students’ education.


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