Kraft Educational Foundation

The Rabbi Jacob Kraft Educational Foundation was established in 1988 in memory of Rabbi Kraft, who served as the Rabbi for Congregation Beth Shalom from 1930 – 1970 and as Rabbi Emeritus from 1970 – 1987 with a brief hiatus during World War II when he was a chaplain in the U.S. Armed Forces from 1943 – 1946.

The Foundation furthers Rabbi Kraft’s life-long devotion to learning by funding educational programs to enrich the congregation and the community. These programs cover areas such as scholars-in-residence, congregational Kallahs, education for parents of Hebrew School students, continuing education and enrichment for teachers, scholarships for higher education and special programs like, religious camps and trips to Israel for children in the school. The fund initially raised approximately $250,000. An independent, rotating Board of Trustees governs the foundation.

Rabbi Jacob Kraft was a man of righteousness, wisdom, and love. His life inspired others to appreciate the true values in life and to achieve their full potential. He was a magnificent spiritual leader of our congregation and in our community. Through the foundation, Rabbi Kraft’s influence continues to be felt by present and future generations.

Board of Trustees:

Gary Harad, Chair (Email)
Rabbi Ellen Bernhardt
Steven Klein
Bethany Kutz
Myrna Ryder
Edward Sobel

Nefesh Mountain

Saturday, November 17, 2019; 7:00pm
Havdalah and Community Concert

Sunday, November 18, 2019; 11:00am
Concert for Hebrew School and Congregation

Aaron David Miller

Sunday, December 8, 2019; 7:00pm
CNN Global Affairs Analyst speaks on
"The New Middle East: Nothing like the Old"

Myron Sugerman

Sunday, February 23, 2020; 10:00am- Breakfast / 10:30am- Presentation

"The Chronicles of the Last Jewish Gangster: From Meyer to Myron"

Georgia Hunter

Sunday, March 22, 2020; 7:00pm- Presentation
"We Were the Lucky Ones"