Exciting Announcement from FJA

February 16, 2022/15 Adar I 5782


Shorashim Grants aim to make private Jewish education affordable for all 

[WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI] – Frankel Jewish Academy (FJA) today announced the Shorashim Grant program – an opportunity for current and incoming families, regardless of the ability to pay, to opt-in to grants that help reduce the cost of annual tuition. Shorashim Grants are available at up to $10,000 per student annually. Shorashim Grants will be available to all FJA families who enroll for the 2022-2023 school year and are guaranteed throughout their tenure at FJA. 

The goal of the Shorashim Grants is to increase the number of Jewish teens who have access to Frankel Jewish Academy’s exceptional education, meaningful student and faculty relationships, and opportunities that are not available to all students in larger schools. 

“We know that there are thousands of Jewish teens who could attend FJA, and cost should not be a limiting factor in their choice to attend,” said Rabbi Azaryah Cohen, FJA’s Head of School. “As a mission-driven Jewish community organization, we are not just a private school. Our mission is to inspire Jewish students, and that remains a priority for our community. FJA is fortunate to be the beneficiary of this support from donors in our community that make this exceptional education possible.”

The word Shorashim means “roots” in Hebrew. These grants will help FJA provide roots for the Jewish community by educating and preparing our students to be lifelong leaders. Additionally, FJA is represented by a pomegranate, a fruit that grows on trees with strong roots in the land. 

“Frankel Jewish Academy’s mission is to educate every Jewish child in metro Detroit. The Shorashim Grants help us fulfill that mission by reducing a potential barrier for some families,” said Bob Canvasser, Frankel Jewish Academy Board President. “As the parent of a graduate, I’ve seen the impact FJA had on my own child and on our family, and it is my strong hope that every Jewish family can experience the same. We are so fortunate to have an outstanding Jewish community high school in Detroit, and I look forward to seeing future generations of students walk across the stage at graduation and become leaders in metro Detroit and the greater Jewish community.”

The Shorashim Grants are made possible through contributions from a generous group of donors who have offered this statement in regards to the grants: 

“The Frankel Jewish Academy is a gem in our community, and we feel strongly that there are many Jewish teens who should have the opportunity to benefit from attending FJA. The future of our community depends on having educated and committed leaders knowledgeable about their history, culture, traditions, and in addition receiving an excellent education that prepares them for college and beyond. Attending a Jewish Day School is a perfect way to achieve this goal. Even though Frankel Jewish Academy is only 22 years old, we can already see the impact the school has had. Many of the young Jewish volunteer and professional leaders are proud graduates of FJA. Their leadership, and therefore Frankel Jewish Academy’s impact, will be felt for years to come.”

The Shorashim Grants will be evaluated over the next few years to determine their effectiveness. The goal is to continue to offer them to students who enroll at FJA in 2023 and beyond. In addition to the Shorashim Grants, Frankel Jewish Academy continues to offer generous tuition assistance. 


About Frankel Jewish Academy
Frankel Jewish Academy is a rigorous college preparatory high school pursuing academic excellence and Jewish literacy. We inspire students to think critically, creatively, and compassionately; to dedicate themselves to Jewish tradition, peoplehood, and the State of Israel; and to become lifelong learners and leaders.  

Frankel Jewish Academy admits students of any race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

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