ShalomLearning, an online platform dedicated to cultivating a lifelong love of Jewish learning among Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations, has announced a three-year, $2 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation.
The funding includes $1 million to expand the organization's operations and outreach across the United States. The remaining $1 million is a challenge grant through which the Detroit-based foundation will match up to $500,000 in new donations to the organization in both 2016 and 2017. ShalomLearning hopes to expand its current enrollment of three hundred students and fifteen certified teachers to more than eighteen hundred students and a hundred teachers around the country over the next three years.
"We created ShalomLearning as a new platform for Jewish learning that is adaptive and flexible to meet the needs of the Jewish families, because research on young Jews consistently reveals a declining commitment and involvement by Jewish families in traditional frameworks of Jewish life and education," said the organization's co-founder and chair, Devin Schain. "This grant from the William Davidson Foundation will fuel our efforts to expand Jewish learning and enrichment regardless of location or affiliation."