“Being part of Frankel Jewish Academy (FJA) helped me realize the importance of connecting with other Jewish people in my community. As I enter the ‘real’ world, I’m confident that I will be a part of, contribute to, and advocate for my Jewish community wherever life takes me.”

“I remember the first time I walked into the Frankel Jewish Academy; the halls immediately felt different than the large public school I attended that had less than 20 Jewish students. While I was unfamiliar with conversational Hebrew, rabbinical texts and how to balance a dual curriculum, I felt an immediate sense of belonging. I knew I would have a lot to learn as I acclimated to Judaism being a component of my academic curriculum, but I couldn’t have anticipated the self-growth that my FJA experience would bring.”

These words from graduates of the Frankel Jewish Academy class of 2022 sum up what FJA means to the metro Detroit Jewish community. FJA is our Jewish community high school where all young Jewish adults are encouraged to think critically and creatively and grow into compassionate people with ambitions to become leaders in our community. 

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, FJA is now offering Shorashim Grants. These grants are an opportunity for current and incoming families, regardless of the ability to pay, to help reduce the cost of annual tuition. Shorashim Grants are available at up to $10,000 per student annually. They will be available to all FJA families who enroll for the 2022-2023 school year and are guaranteed throughout their tenure at FJA. 

“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 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 learners and leaders. The Shorashim Grants are made possible through contributions from a generous group of donors.

“At Frankel, I’ve taken advantage of the opportunities offered to work with others, become a strong leader and further develop my character. Concurrently, I discovered passions and made a difference in my community. FJA’s opportunities and strong support helped me grow tremendously and develop a foundation of skills necessary to become a strong leader and impact the world.”

FJA is still accepting applications for the 2022 – 2023 school year. If you know a student who should join the Frankel Jewish Academy community, please give them the gift of a transformative education and encourage them to reach out to Arielle Endelman, Director of Admissions, at aendelman@frankelja.org or 248-671-3248.