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SAR Grandparent Giving Circle

What is a Giving Circle?
A giving circle pools the intellect and resources of a group of like-minded individuals to make an impact on the world.

This program has been a great success at SAR. Through the GGC's collective giving over 30 projects have been funded which support over 900 children at SAR Academy. Some of those projects included:

 ♦ Magna Tile Sukkah [see a video here]  ♦ Middle School Yachad Collaboration ♦ Expanding libraries in specific grade areas according to reading level and interests ♦ Hudson River Exploration elective for 3rd Grade ♦ Gan Ilan Compost Initiative ♦ Math Manipulatives for Middle School Students ♦ Operation Magic Carpet, the purchase of Aleph Bet Rugs for the entire first grade, and so many more.

Through this Giving Circle, grandparents come together, hear from educators, administrators and lay leaders, and with the information gathered from these SAR ambassadors, decide on where Giving Circle contributions should be directed within SAR.

We know grandparents can be great contributors in thought and in tzedakah. A Giving Circle will provide invaluable insight into the school and be a wonderful social way to give and feel connected to your grandchildren.

What drives the Grandparent Giving Circle discussions and decisions?
Together, each member can have a greater impact on the school than anyone could have on their own. Our Grandparent Giving Circle will discuss the aspects of Jewish education that are most important to them, and hear how those values come to life at SAR. As a result of the meetings and the information gathered from the various SAR speakers, the group will then decide where the Grandparent Giving Circle contributions should be invested at SAR.

How does it work, what qualifications do I need to become a member, and what’s the schedule for meeting with school representatives?
-Suggested minimum contribution: $180.
-Qualifications: You must be a grandparent of a current SAR Academy student. We hope to have a minimum of ten members.
-Meeting Schedule: Meetings at the Academy will begin at 6:30pm and will last no longer than 90 minutes.

We would really like for you to be a part of the Giving Circle. If you or any other SAR grandparent friends would like to participate or have questions —call us at 718-548-1717 (extensions and emails below).

With great excitement about continuing this venture,


Heidi Greenbaum,
Director of Development
718-548-1717 x1256
Sara Hasson,
Associate Director of Development
718-548-1717 x1300