By LARRY HYATT
As of this writing, almost 40 members of the greater Nashville Jewish community have committed to include Akiva in their estate plans. Their generosity will help secure a bright future for our 60-year-old school. Given the extensive research indicating that a Jewish day school education is one of the best predictors of future Jewish engagement, their generosity will also help secure the future of Jewish Nashville.
Akiva students represent the full spectrum of Jewish beliefs and practices, coming from Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Chabad, secular and unaffiliated homes. Our curriculum integrates general and Jewish studies. Our Jewish studies include a Hebrew immersion approach to learning, while our general studies include a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). In fact, Akiva is currently working towards STEM accreditation and, once complete, will be one of the only schools in Tennessee with this accreditation.
Since providing this quality of education is expensive, and we provide generous scholarships to help make the school affordable to Jewish families, net tuition covers only approximately 40 percent of Akiva’s annual operating costs. Akiva could not exist without the generosity of our annual donors, the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, and the endowment that our LIFE & LEGACY donors will help create.
We are grateful to everyone who has made our LIFE & LEGACY campaign possible, including the members of Akiva’s LIFE & LEGACY Committee; the Federation staff; and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, which helps develop and support LIFE & LEGACY, PJ Library and other programs benefiting Jewish life. It is a great team effort to secure the future of our school, and our community. •
Editor’s note: Larry Hyatt is vice president of the board of the Akiva School and chairman of its LIFE & LEGACY Committee.