“I’ve never stopped learning, I’m still learning now. So it seems totally natural for me to support learning, to help give others the pleasure and opportunities learning can provide. I never considered my support of education and various educational institutions to be charity. I always considered it giving back what education has given me. In every case I feel I have received more than I have given.” – David Azrieli, 2007.
Les Ecoles Azrieli Schools
Talmud Torah Herzliah has stood at the forefront of Jewish education in Montreal for 120 years, and the Azrieli family has a deep connection to the school. With a generous investment in the renovation of the school, the Azrieli Foundation is supporting the future of the students, the community and the city.
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PJ Library, an international program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, has partnered with the Azrieli Foundation to distribute high-quality Jewish children’s books and music to families with children 6 months to 8 years. Through this gift, PJ Library provides a unique pathway to connect a new generation to a colourful world of Jewish traditions, values, experiences and relationships.
Youth Fusion offers interventions for youth at-risk of dropping out of school. This effective and innovative model transcends pure mentoring by hiring university students to work with young students, in class or in an extracurricular capacity, for the entire school year, on educational projects spanning different fields. In addition to working alongside grade or high school students, the university students also develop a close bond with the youth which helps nurture continuity and perseverance. Employees from businesses operating in industries tied to the projects are also brought in as mentors to introduce students to career options and shepherd them through the process of completing their projects.
The Azrieli Foundation is funding five students in the Loran Scholarship program. Loran identifies and supports exceptional young Canadians who demonstrate character, service and leadership. Each scholar is provided an annual stipend, a matching tuition waiver from partner universities, mentorship, a summer program, an orientation expedition and access to an extended network of scholars, alumni and supporters.
Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies at Concordia
The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies is dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of Israel, including its history, culture, economy, politics, as well as anthropological and sociological aspects. The Institute fosters and supports graduate studies, faculty based research projects and exchange programs by providing funding for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. An active part of the International Association of Israel Studies, the Institute is a research centre and will offer a summer program, an intensive Hebrew language program and an official minor in Israel Studies.
Azrieli Institute for Educational Empowerment encourages Israeli youth-at-risk to stay in school by closing educational gaps, instilling social skills and providing parents with tools for improving family relationships. The Institute allows youth to realize their ability to become independent and succeed in their studies at school through counseling and support that will take them step-by-step to the understanding that their success is a possibility that can actually be fulfilled and realized.
Center for Israel Studies at Ben-Gurion University
The Center for Israel Studies is devoted to engaging divergent voices and to contributing to the dialogue and plurality within Israeli society and worldwide. The Center will create research hubs to engage scholars and graduate students in the exploration of Israel’s identity, and will expand global public discourse by holding conferences and creating and disseminating publications.
Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University
The Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration is the premier international centre for training Jewish educators. The school’s mission is to train a cadre of educators who will relay the rich knowledge and traditions of the Jewish heritage with warmth, joy and intelligence. Its student body includes teachers and administrators, regardless of institutional or denominational affiliation, who seek to enhance their skills and competencies while earning an advanced degree in Jewish Education.