Building my dream school- but I need your help!

$21,204 of $36k goal

Raised by 67 people in 53 months
Yocheved Amrami-Sidof  BROOKLYN, NY

Hi friends...

Some of you I've spoken to only yesterday; others, its been quite a bit longer...

Three years ago, I started a school for my son, Uriyah.  I wanted to create a place where every child's uniqueness would be nurtured and celebrated, where every child could develop a true passion for learning.  The school, Lamplighters Yeshivah, has completely overtaken my life (just ask my family and friends) .... I work for its success all day, every day.  I'm about to have my fourth child in a couple weeks (the second since starting the school) and I will literally be busy till my due date.... The work does not stop.

Lamplighters is serving a unique need in my Chassidic community (  Truly- this school MUST BE SUCCESSFUL!  And even though we've been through ups and downs, things are really progressing, thank Gd. Our school is going full-force Montessori under the guidance of new educational leaders, we're launching a training program this summer in Jewish-Montessori ( - the first of its kind), we're renovating our new (rented) school space - and we hope to have 42 students next year (nearly four times what we opened with!)

I've already raised close to $40,000 but I MUST raise more. I need to raise funds ASAP to cover my building renovation (another $15,000), to buy new materials for the additional classrooms we're adding ($15,000), and pay for the summer training ($6,000).  The brunt of the fundraising is on my shoulders and frankly, I need help.

I'm sending this out to 1000 people.  If you each donate $36, I can reach my goal of $36,000.  Of course, YOU CAN DONATE MORE!!

Truly, as they say, there is no gift that is too big or too small.... 

And please feel free to forward this to your friends and family!! This is an excellent opportunity to give charity and be part of a revolution in Jewish education- and help your friend out :)

(FYI- its tax deductible) 

Thank you in advance...



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Update 12
44 months ago

Dear friends:

Our school is embarking on an important fundraising initiative called Spreading Smiles, where we give out Shaloch Manos on Purim day to people who are so appreciative of receiving an extra visit on the holiday.

This Purim, we will distribute 55 packages to the elderly and 75 packages to children with special needs.

Our kids really look forward to this event. It has taught them the feel comfortable around people who are a bit 'different' than them and that Purim is about something beyond their own consumption. It's a special time where our school community comes together to do give to others in our neighborhood.

We ask people to sponsor this Mitzvah-Drive. This year, after we cover the costs of the food packages, the money we raise will go our very own Imagination Playground ( As you can see from the picture, our playground is pretty sparse. We currently have one mulched area and the rest is concrete. These big foam durable play pieces are perfect for the free-thinking, imaginative play our school encourages- and they are affordable. At $5,000, they are considerably more affordable than other playground options that would require us to cover the entire surface with rubber (about 45k).

So friends- help us out! Please donate what you can towards Spreading Smiles and our playground initiative.

Thank you in advance"¦ I appreciate your support through out all our endeavors"¦ Means so much.
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Update 11
47 months ago

Hello friends! Please consider sharing some Chanukah gelt with us this holiday season and contribute to our school... Lamplighters is committed to nurture the unique light within each child we educate with joy. This is a revolution in Jewish education that needs to get stronger and stronger. Help us! Your donation, of course, is tax deductible. Thank you in advance!
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Update 10
50 months ago

As we prepare for the Jewish New Year, do something that'll make you feel as proud as these boys.

Invest in inspired, Al Pi Darko education and build something real...

You'll be happy you did.

Contribute here or via PayPal to

Become a part of the growing movement to bring change to Jewish Education - there's no better time than now.

(I mean, look at those smiles!)

Wishing you a year of abundance, blessings, and joy.

Kesiva V'Chasima Tovah,
Yocheved Sidof
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Update 9
51 months ago

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$21,204 of $36k goal

Raised by 67 people in 53 months
Created June 11, 2012
Yocheved Amrami-Sidof  
Leonard Karr
44 months ago
Ariel Kornblit
47 months ago
chaya sarah naiditch
48 months ago
Dovid Meshchaninov
48 months ago

As a recently married couple, my wife and I are happy to support a school that is pushing for changes in the Chinuch system. We both feel that going to Yeshiva should be a beautiful experience and does not have to be a traumatic one. We are happy that lamp lighters is at the forefront of creating this much needed change. We bless you guys with success to be able to continuing teaching our children and helping them become happy, healthy individuals who love and serve Hashem with a full and passionate heart.

Adina Abergel
49 months ago
Molly Leader
49 months ago
Nechamah Kahana
50 months ago
51 months ago
51 months ago

Hatzlacha!! Yocheved your amazing!!! Keep up your awesome work of bringing wholesome Chinuch to CH!!

51 months ago


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