ayim Bialik

The Hebrew Order of David in Atlanta (HOD), in support of the leadership of Yeshiva Atlanta High School (YA), is pleased to announce this new initiative to support, expand, and strengthen the school’s curriculum in STEM subjects. 

STEM education in the U.S. and in our community needs help – YOUR help. This initiative will vault Jewish students – the leaders and providers of the future – to higher levels of achievement and affirm YA as a premier day school in the South.

Our main event has passed but you can still lend your financial support. Contact Avigail Levinson at 770-451-5299

The STEM initiative – called “Chai+Pi” – has several main components and goals:

  • Expand and strengthen STEM curriculum, facilities and equipment
  • Recruit and retain highly-motivated, qualified teachers with advanced degrees in their fields
  • Provide professional development in technology for all teachers
  • Spark and encourage student awareness and interest in STEM -related career paths
  • Inspire and motivate students through linkages and internships with local STEM professionals, in healthcare, finance, actuarial science, mathematics, biostatistics, engineering, and more
  • Promote linkages with STEM experts and innovators in Israel and in Israeli companies based in the US

While this STEM Initiative begins at Yeshiva Atlanta, the project extends far beyond the walls of the school and is not singular to Yeshiva Atlanta High School. In reality, this program is the cornerstone for Atlanta to become the ‘Technion of the South’. Like you, we recognize that STEM educational needs and career opportunities are not limited to the boys and girls enrolled at YA. The future of ALL Jewish students in these fields of study and career paths – in the Atlanta community as well as all around us – are the same and must be met. Like you, we recognize that the future global and economic success of our Jewish students depends on success in these areas. Like you, we are determined to do everything possible to provide the best and most advanced resources in these areas to ensure success.

It is additionally intended that this program will grow into a community-wide program and set of resources that will be available to all Jewish students throughout the extended community. The STEM career fairs and internship programs that will be constructed, housed and coordinated through this initiative will be openly advertised and shared with all Jewish students and families. Jewish robotics clubs and contests will be open to all Jewish students in the community. Purchased equipment will be portable. When the HOD virtual classroom is complete and available, the school will encourage participation ‘inward’ as well as ‘outward’. Imagine, if you will, a home-schooled student in South Georgia attending a STEM lecture via the HOD virtual classroom. Imagine again, an open lecture delivered from the Technion in Israel, or perhaps Stanford University, via this same HOD virtual classroom. Imagine, if you will, a group of students from throughout the southeast coming together for a community-wide physics experiment.

To launch this initiative, the Hebrew Order of David is hosted an event on Sunday, May 5, at Georgia Tech’s Scheller Auditorium. The program  featured well-known actress and scientist Mayim Bialik. Ms. Bialik received her B.S. in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies from UCLA in 2000 and earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2007. She is the celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting holistic and green parenting and living. Additionally, Ms. Bialik is known for her roles as Blossom Russo on NBC’s Blossom, and currently as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. The program was preceded by a reception and was open to the community. 

The event brought our fundraising total up to $100,000 toward our goal of $200,000.

This was achieved with the help of the Legacy Heritage Foundation, in a wonderful vote of confidence in the school, that awarded its Science Upgrade Challenge Grant to YA in response to the school’s comprehensive proposal for updating its science curriculum and facilities. This grant multiplies every dollar donated for this initiative by an additional one-third.

Sponsorship provides excellent exposure for donor companies and individuals as well as an investment in the future of Jewish education and leadership in the sciences.

We are asking you to consider one of the naming opportunities listed below.

We’re counting on your support and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our Initiative. Kindly email Avigail Levinson at alevinson@yeshivaatlanta.org .

HOD queries to Jeff Kalwerisky at jeff_kalwerisky@earthlink.net or 404-641-0634.

We thank all off you who contributed to support this program and the Science Initiative of this community. We look forward to continued success in this effort.


Jeff Kalwerisky                     Dr. Paul Oberman, HOS        Dr. David Jeffrey

Alan Smirin                Nancy Weissmann,        Robyn Regenbaum

HOD Chapter Presidents                   YA Board Chair                                   Spring Event Chairs

NOTE:  The following NAMING OPPORTUNITIES are still available:

                        Laboratory I and II

                        Physics Lab

                        Department Chair

                        Professional Development

                        Internship and Career Outreach Program

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