Susan Lubar and the Lubar family are gifting $1 million to Milwaukee Jewish Day School, to support the school’s Affordable Customized Tuition Program.
The gift establishes the Susan A. Lubar and Family Scholarship, which is to primarily support the endowment of the Affordable Customized Tuition Program. The gift will also fund annual scholarships.
The Affordable Customized Tuition Program is an initiative at MJDS, started in 2018, that offers a confidential, tailored tuition plan for every family. The school’s business administrator meets with each family and reviews their financial status individually, to create individualized tuition rates.
“This is really the core of our work at MJDS. This is how we’re able to make quality Jewish education affordable to every family who desires to have one,” said Annie Prak-Primakow, director of development.
The portion of the gift supporting the endowment of the Affordable Customized Tuition Program will allow MJDS to divert funds that would be otherwise used to support that program into other critical areas, Prak-Primakow said. The gift is also helping to secure the program for future students and families.
The Lubars have been longtime supporters of the school, a pluralistic Whitefish Bay-based educational institution serving children from 3K to eighth grade. “I continue to support MJDS because the best teachers are those who show you where to look – and not what to see. I truly believe MJDS is so successful in guiding children to become responsible people that care and engage in our community,” Susan Lubar said.
“I feel very grateful to have discovered MJDS. MJDS not only gave my children an outstanding education but enveloped them in an environment of caring – and love – while instilling a passion for learning and a connection to the greater community, both Jewish and general,” Lubar said. “I was raised to value an education as a lifeline for a curious mind, as a way to get ahead, to make a difference in our community.
Head of School Aaron Lipmann said the school is committed to the Affordable Customized Tuition Program, so that families need not worry about switching to public school after a few years. There can be confidence the affordability will still be there. “Our school was successful before the Affordable Customized Tuition Program, yet it has opened the doors up to so many more families who otherwise would have said, ‘I can’t afford it’.”
Lipmann said he hoped the Lubars’ generosity would inspire still more donors, and he expressed deep gratitude for the gift.