Thanks to our committed parents, alumni and community supporters, Moriah continues to thrive. Most recently, The Moriah Annual Summer Outing was a huge success: more people attended than ever before, and the event raised over $280,000 for the 2017-18 Annual Campaign. We thank everyone who participated and those who volunteered.
Over the summer, the Moriah Board and administration have been busy planning for an exciting new year. Rabbi Alter and his leadership team have been actively working on programming, initiatives and physical improvements to take our school to new heights. We were gratified to see our efforts recognized publicly in the Jewish Standard, which voted Moriah “Best Early Childhood Program” in Bergen County.
In 2014, we embarked on the Moriah@50 capital campaign to renew the Moriah campus, improve the outdoor playing fields, upgrade classrooms for the 21st century, rebuild the library and many more initiatives to prepare Moriah for the next 50 years. To date, we have dedicated a library in memory of Rabbi J. Shelly Applbaum z”l (the the Principal who led the school from 1975-1993), a new Sephardic Beit Midrash made possible by the lead support of the Setton family and Gan Chana in memory of Chana Poupko z”l.
The Moriah@50 Campaign is multifaceted: it combines the annual tuition affordability program, the campus refresh and the legacy campaign for a total goal of $18mm. At the outset, this sum seemed quite ambitious, but we are excited to report that we have raised, to date, over $8mm towards the campaign. This includes over $4mm for the annual campaign and over $4mm for the capital campaign. We extend our deep gratitude to all those who have committed to the capital campaign (see the next page for the donor list).
The Frisch Building -- the original Moriah building -- which used to house the Early Childhood program, has served us well but is no longer a viable home for that program. After hundreds of hours of planning, we now have designs, the site work, and the funding to embark on a new Early Childhood Center (see www.moriahschool.org/capital). The committee is pursuing zoning approvals and we anticipate the construction to start during summer 2018.
To bring the plans to fruition, it is incumbent upon all of us to finish the capital aspect of the Moriah@50 campaign, and raise the remaining $5M. As you see from the donor list, Moriah parents, grandparents, alumni parents and former leaders are participating. The time is now for you to participate in whatever capacity you have.
I invite you to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your pledge, and we look forward to our discussions with you to bring this campaign to a successful completion. There are many areas of the school available for dedication, from classrooms to special programming. Our goal is that all of our supporters will feel connected to the school and a part of its 50+ year history.
Moriah was gift bestowed upon our community, more than 50 years ago, by pioneering parents who wanted a yeshiva education without forsaking an elite secular education for their children. To prepare for the next 50 years, we call upon everyone in our community to participate and find the inspiration to make Moriah our top philanthropic priority.
May we go from strength to strength in our next 50 years!
Moriah@50 Campaign Chair
Moriah@50 Campaign Chair