Three former graduates of The Davis Academy were awarded the school’s annual 2021 Alumni Tzedek Grants for their charitable initiatives. The award recipients are: Josh Isaacs and Alon Rogow of the Class of 2018 and Zoe Bober, Class of 2016.
Founded in 2016, the grants recognize and support charitable initiatives by graduates of the school. The initiatives “exemplify The Davis Academy’s menschlichkeit values of tzedek, a Hebrew word that means righteousness or justice,” according to Rabbi Micah Lapidus, director of Jewish studies.
“Open to high school and college-age alumni, the grant is an opportunity to advance the efforts of the alum who continue to carry the Davis values out into the world beyond their years at Davis,” Lapidus stated in a press release. “Grant recipients receive a financial grant as well as marketing and media support that shines a spotlight on their good work.”
Bober is a member of the sorority Alpha Chi Omega at Florida State University, and her sorority’s philanthropy is Refuge House, which provides services to victims and their families of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Bober and her sorority sisters try to empower their members by providing tools to build their own healthy relationships. “I am passionate about this project because I care a lot about women’s rights and supporting one another.”
Domestic abuse is on the rise due to COVID-19 with victims of domestic violence being locked in their homes, unaware that there is an escape, the rabbi stated. “Zoe’s mission is to initiate domestic violence awareness to other students on campus allowing the power to be taken away from the abusers and given to the powerless. The Davis Academy hopes the grant support will continue to help advance Zoe’s goals for her sorority and the organization and continues to provide her with inspiration to make a change.”
Isaacs and Rogow are two high school students from Dunwoody who launched a pressure washing business with a mission last summer. They named their company Pressure Wish and identified the Make-A-Wish Foundation as their cause.
“We thought the name was perfect because it’s clear to others the work that we’re doing, but it also highlights the charity that we are honoring,” they stated in the Davis release. A portion of the sales they earn is donated to the nonprofit.
The high school students further explained, “One of the important things we learned at The Davis Academy was to be a good person and look out for others. … We wanted to figure out a meaningful way to give back.”