Jewish Literacy Program

A small investment in your time brings the greatest rewards

The Rochester Jewish Coalition for Literacy


If you have an hour a week to spare and know how to read... you can be a literacy volunteer! A small investment of your time brings the greatest of rewards. Sign up today!

The Rochester Jewish Coalition for Literacy is in its 21st successful year. We invite you to join in this tremendous effort to help our city’s youth. The Coalition will train you and place you in a city school where you will work one-on-one with a student who needs help with literacy skills. Give a minimum of one hour per week and get back the most fulfilling experience of a lifetime!

In 1999, the Jewish Federation instituted the Rochester Jewish Coalition for Literacy. Today, there are nearly 100 trained volunteers helping to instill a love of reading at 12 City Schools. The Jewish Coalition for Literacy have worked one-on-one with hundreds of children in kindergarten through third grade, the most critical age in learning to read. Additionally, through Coalition book drives, we have collected and distributed over 15,750 books.

We are proud of the role we take in assisting our community's children to become readers. There are so many more children to reach – thousands are at risk.

Please click here to register as a volunteer, or contact Amanda (Mandy) Hartman at for more information. 

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