The Eva and Arie Halpern Merit Award
The Eva and Arie Halpern Merit Award Program at RKYHS was established in 2008 by the Stein family in order to commemorate Eva and Arie Halpern’s lifelong dedication to Jewish education, Jewish causes, and the Jewish people.
Eva and Arie Halpern knew each other as children. Of the 2,000 Jewish families who lived in Chorostkow, Poland, they were among the only twenty people who survived. Spending the war years in ghettos, labor camps, and in hiding, they lost most of their families and friends in the Shoah.
After the war, Eva and Arie married their first spouses, Bernard Stein and Frieda Halpern, each of whom died prematurely, and then married each other and became a blended family with five children, sixteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They rebuilt their lives with tremendous energy and optimism and made important contributions to their community in the United States. In addition, they were very strong Zionists and were always very involved with and supportive of Israel.
Despite the tragedies they and their families suffered, Eva and Arie never stopped believing in G-d and emphasized the utmost importance of Holocaust remembrance and education, saying: “The world must know and remember what happened!”
Eva's and Arie’s dedication, tenacity and generosity serve as an inspiration to us all.
This endowment provides four-year financial awards to two young men and two young women who have excelled during middle school at academics, chesed, art, music or athletics. All eighth-graders applying for admission as a freshman at RKYHS are eligible to apply for the program, which provides each recipient with a $3,000 award towards the freshman, sophomore and junior years, and with a $1,000 award towards the senior year.
Applications are welcome from eighth-graders who require financial assistance, as well as those who do not. Two Eva and Arie Halpern Merit Awards are awarded annually to graduates of the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, and two are given to graduates of other yeshivot.
It is hoped that Eva and Arie Halpern’s devotion to Torah, community, and family, as well as their tenacity and generosity, will serve as an inspiration to recipients of the Eva and Arie Halpern Merit Award Program, and to all students at Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School.
For more information, please call our Director of Admissions, Allison Lyons, at (862) 437-8050 or Mrs. Shawn Tarzik, our Admissions Coordinator, at (862) 437-8064. The deadline for submission of all application materials is February 4, 2020.
We have an online application process that allows you to easily apply for the Eva and Arie Halpern Merit Scholarship. In addition, you can save entered information and come back and complete the application at another time. To begin the registration process, click on Log in to Start or Start if you are already logged in. For JKHA/RKYHS families, please enter your userid and password when it is requested. For new families, please select New User Registration in order to create a user id and password for your use in the registration process.