KOREH L.A.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Program Name: 
KOREH L.A.
Grant Year: 
2000
Grant Amount: 
$25,000
Interest Area: 
Education
Grant Purpose: 

Recruit and train Jewish volunteers from 10 L.A. synagogues to provide one-on-one reading tutoring for 200 kids at 10 LAUSD public schools.

Description: 

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles was founded in 1952 to identify and fund a broad range of Jewish social service, educational and humanitarian programs. The Jewish Federation mobilizes and integrates financial, human and organizational resources within the Greater Los Angeles Jewish community to foster a sense of common Jewish purpose; strengthens Jewish constituencies in order to enhance Jewish identity; meets critical human needs in a Jewish context; and deepens bonds with Jewish people worldwide.

KOREH L.A. is a non-sectarian volunteer-run literacy program founded in 1999 with seed money from The Foundation. 'KOREH' is the Hebrew word for read. Originally called the LA Jewish Coalition for Literacy, the program recruits and trains Jewish volunteers to donate one hour per week to read one-on-one with children at an LAUSD elementary school. The program builds children's literacy and self-sufficiency and engage Jewish volunteers in visible, meaningful activity. In its first year, the program recruited and trained Jewish volunteers from 10 L.A. synagogues to provide one-on-one reading for 200 kids at 10 LAUSD schools. Since then, the program has grown dramatically; more than 9,000 KOREH L.A. volunteers have helped 18,500 children at 150 schools increase their reading skills. In addition, KOREH L.A. has helped restock 15 elementary school libraries and trained hundreds of teens, both Jewish and non-Jewish, to be volunteer reading partners, empowering them through the experience of hands-on community service.