Priscilla R. Stern Literacy Fund

Supporting the Priscilla R. Stern Literacy Fund in Honor of Rebecca Stern's Bat Mitzvah

AVODAH’s mission is to strengthen the Jewish community’s fight against domestic poverty. Since launching in Washington, DC in 2002, AVODAH has partnered with 44 local antipoverty organizations and placed more than 250 young Jewish adults, the AVODAH corps members, in a year of service. AVODAH corps members have added more than $3.7 million in staffing capacity to these agencies, and helped bring critical services, including education, housing, healthcare, and legal advocacy, to more than 280,000 DC-area individuals of all backgrounds, religions and nationalities who are coping with the challenges of poverty.

The Stern family and their friends generously established the Priscilla R. Stern Literacy Fund at AVODAH in honor of Rebecca’s grandmother. The Fund allows one AVODAH corps member each year to work in the literacy field. This year’s Priscilla R. Stern Literacy Fellow is AVODAH DC corps member Aaron Litz, who works as the Entrepreneurship Coordinator at BUILD Metro DC, a four-year entrepreneurship program that keeps high school students excited about college and career success by helping them start their own businesses.  

At a time when one-fifth of District residents live in poverty, Rebecca is pleased to support an organization whose participants, like Aaron, help to build the capacity of front-line agencies serving those in need, while helping to prepare young Jewish adults to lead the fight against domestic poverty over the course of their lives and careers.

To make a gift in honor of Rebecca’s Bat Mitzvah, please click the button below.  Then, on the donation page, choose “Rebecca's Bat Mitzvah - Stern Literacy Fund” from the Designation drop down.  

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I am honored to be working at the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice, where the staff is committed to enriching the lives of underprivileged youth and preparing them for future success in college. Every day, I get to help students develop important leadership skills, as well as challenge them beyond the scope of the classroom. Thank you for making it possible for me to do this work in Priscilla Stern’s memory.”

Diana Levy"Working in Memory of Priscilla R. Stern" 2007-2008 Corps Member