Shaping Weber's Future
The Weber School’s endowment is comprised of separately named endowed funds. Each fund serves as an enduring tribute to the person/s in whose name the fund is established, and as a way to endorse and support the school on a permanent basis. Gifts to an endowed fund are not spent, but rather, they are invested, with only a portion of the fund’s growth used each year to support its stated purpose. In this way, endowments provide a perpetual stream of income and support the School’s long-term stability.
If you are interested or have questions about establishing and naming an endowed fund at The Weber School, either through a current gift or a legacy gift, please contact Paul Ginburg, Chief Advancement Officer.
- The Carol Nemo Endowed Tuition Assistance Fund
- The Edward Silver Endowed Memorial Tribute Fund
- The Friends of Felicia Weber Endowed Unrestricted Fund
- The Friedman Family Endowment to Support the Entrepreneurship Program
- The Joseph Soriano Scholarship Fund
The Weber School established this endowed fund as a natural tribute to Carol Nemo, a generous Weber School friend whose long-standing focus on student support is legendary. As a 14-year Board of Trustees member and an early advocate, Carol Nemo is one of The Weber School’s most esteemed friends. While Carol has helped the School in innumerable ways, her regular and generous support of student tuition assistance and the Senior Israel Experience has directly helped hundreds of Weber students experience a Jewish high school education. With its earnings designated specifically for tuition assistance to deserving students, this fund is a reflection of Carol’s history of support.
The family of Mr. Edward Silver (z”l) established The Edward Silver Endowed Memorial Tribute Fund to honor and memorialize Mr. Edward Silver, who passed away December 2, 2010. Mr. Silver was the father of Weber School parent and Trustee, Lillie Axelrod. He was a lifelong proponent of education and believed strongly in the value of a Jewish education. He was a friend to The Weber School, and a grandparent of two Weber School students: Jason (Class of 2008) and Andrew (Class of 2013). Gifts to The Edward Silver Endowed Memorial Tribute Fund will be used to benefit and strengthen the School’s educational programs, including its academic, arts and athletic initiatives.
The Weber School established this endowed fund in the name of one of its most beloved and influential leaders: Felicia Weber. As a co-founder, former Board of Trustees president and generous supporter, Felicia Weber is committed to the notion of building a strong, values-based high school for Atlanta’s Jewish teens. Her early determination and vision helped the School take root. The Weber School named this fund in Felicia’s honor to perpetuate her vision. By remaining unrestricted, its earnings will be used to respond to both opportunities and needs – as Felicia has done so many times – providing the flexibility for The Weber School to grow and thrive.
Murray and Lynn Friedman are among The Weber School’s most loyal and generous friends. Both Lynn and Murray’s continuing and active participation in the life of the School attests to their understanding that The Weber School is a vital community resource and a critical link in Jewish continuity. Recently, Murray and Lynn established an endowed fund to support Weber’s emerging Entrepreneurship Program. The decision to direct their support in this way reflects their desire to recognize and remember their parents and grandparents. Like many families in the community, both Lynn and Murray’s grandparents came to this country with nothing and, through their own ingenuity and entrepreneurship, developed successful businesses. Both of their late fathers were also successful entrepreneurs. Proceeds from this endowment are to be used to support the Entrepreneurship Program at The Weber School.
Weber School alumnus, Joseph Soriano (z”l), a kind, spirited and widely admired young man, was only 26 years old when he lost his life unexpectedly on Sep. 1, 2012. Family members established The Joseph Soriano Scholarship Fund in 2014 to reflect all that was best about Joseph – his warmth, his passion for sports, and his willingness to help others – by offering meaningful financial support to future generations of Jewish students. The Soriano Scholarship Fund will offer need-based support for selected students who demonstrate excellence in athleticism, strength in academics and commitment to community.
"The Jewish people have long relied on the enterprise of education. Great Jewish schools – those that promote a culture of study, with rich content and critical discussion of great ideas – have enabled the Jewish people to survive and thrive during times of triumph and tragedy. As Weber students face the opportunities and challenges of current times, we must ensure that our school offers them an environment and culture where they can cultivate the wisdom, critical thinking and ethical judgment that will empower them to change the world."