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Meet Chana Leah Margolis of Nagel Jewish Academy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chana Leah Margolis.

Chana Leah, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
The Nagel Jewish Academy opened its doors in September 2014 with 20 children, offering after-school classes to Jewish children, between the ages of 5 and 13, who do not currently attend a Jewish day school. Nagel Jewish Academy has now grown to seven locations with over 500 children. The school is almost free of charge and all Jewish children are welcome regardless of religious affiliation or background, in order to make Jewish education easily accessible to all.

The Nagel Jewish Academy is currently funded by a small group of committed private donors, and is looking for more donors to come on board and contribute so we will be able to grow. The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles has recently granted the Nagel Jewish Academy with a small grant to open its seventh location. We are looking for more donors to get involved in order for us to be able to expand.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
One of the challenges we are working to overcome is figuring out a way to really cater to each child and make sure each child is feeling challenged and working to the best of his or her potential. We have been working with a team of educators to ensure our curriculum is strong and able to accomplish this.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Nagel Jewish Academy – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The Nagel Jewish Academy offers after-school classes to Jewish children, between the ages of 5 and 13, who do not currently attend a Jewish day school. The school is almost free of charge and all Jewish children are welcome regardless of religious affiliation or background, in order to make Jewish education easily accessible to all.

The teaching staff caters to each student’s individual needs and abilities, striving to ensure that each child receives a Jewish education equal to that of Jewish day schools. Teachers continually work hard to provide students with a complete learning experience.

One of the goals of Nagel Jewish Academy is to make Jewish learning fun. It is imperative that in this day and age children are presented with a positive experience and encouraged to have a positive attitude towards Judaism.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Our plan is to continue to expand our program to places where there is a need throughout California and eventually to other states as well.

Pricing:

  • Cost is $1000 per year, however, no child is turned away due to lack of funds.

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