The Aaron and Rita Slom Scholarship Fund For Freedom and Diversity
The Aaron and Rita Slom Scholarship Fund For Freedom and Diversity was created in March of 2003 in honor of Aaron and Rita Slom’s 50th wedding anniversary by their friends and family. Both key participants in the ongoing vitalization of Touro Synagogue, Aaron was a president in the 1960's and Rita became the first women president in 1999. The fund honors Aaron's memory and Rita Slom's continued vision for educating future generations.
High School seniors in Rhode Island and across the United States are invited to apply. Those interested in applying for this scholarship must submit an interpretive work (i.e. written submission, audio visual or documentary film) focusing on the George Washington Letter in context with the present time. The fund will award up to two $500.00 scholarships. The presentation of the award takes place at the annual George Washington Letter Celebration.
When George Washington visited Touro Synagogue in August 1790, he wrote "To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport Rhode Island" that "happily the Government of the United States…gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance…." These words have made Touro Synagogue an international symbol of liberty of conscience and freedom of religion.
PLEASE NOTE: THE 2017 GEORGE WASHINGTON LETTER READING EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017.
SLOM SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS/MATERIALS ARE DUE ON APRIL 24, 2017.