Student Debt Relief Pilot

Addressing Unmet Needs

Helping Employees of Jewish Nonprofits Manage Student Debt

The Federation is deeply committed to helping employees who work for our Jewish community nonprofit partners.

In 2017, the Federation launched our Student Debt Relief Pilot in partnership Bob Tandler and Valli Benesch, to enhance Jewish nonprofits' ability to recruit and retain employees. In 2021, the Federation partnered with Summer, providing us with the ability to help more employees from participating organizations manage their student debt. As of May 2021, enrollees in the Federation's Student Debt Relief Pilot realize an average savings of $403 per month and $21k over the lifetime of their loans.  


For Employees at Participating Jewish Organizations

Employees (plus their spouse/partner/children) at participating Jewish organizations who are eligible to receive benefits and have student debt may enroll with Summer through the Federation's Student Debt Relief Pilot. 

1. If you or your spouse/partner or parent, work for one of the following organizations, get your Summer Access Code

2. After receiving your Access Code for enrollment, click here to enroll. 

Participating Jewish Organizations

Berkeley Hillel
Brandeis Marin
Congregation Beth Sholom
Congregation Emanu-El
Congregation Rodef Sholom
Congregation Sherith Israel
Contra Costa Jewish Day School
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

Jewish Community High School of the Bay
Kehillah Jewish High School
Osher Marin JCC
Oshman Family JCC
Peninsula JCC
Peninsula Sinai Congregation
Peninsula Temple Beth El
Peninsula Temple Sholom
Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School
San Francisco Hillel
The Brandeis School of San Francisco

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For Partner Employers

The new Student Debt Relief Pilot is easier for you to manage, the administrative costs are covered by the Federation, and you will not need to submit grant requests. To join the new program, please complete these two easy steps. 

  1. Email us the total number of employees eligible to receive benefits and contact information for your organization's benefits administrator. 
  2. Promote the Pilot to your eligible employees with materials provided by the Federation. Meet Summer, FAQs

About Summer

Summer is the leading resource for borrowers to simplify and save on their student debt. The Federation partnered with Summer to provide eligible employees of Jewish organizations with access to cutting-edge student debt reduction tools and customized guidance to:

  • Assess, compare and enroll in savings options such as loan forgiveness and refinancing
  • Sort through and track personal loan situations with easy-to-use online tools
  • Lower monthly payments and/or total loan balances, depending upon goals
  • Access a dedicated team of student loan experts to provide step-by-step support
For more information, please contact:
Jeanne Miller
Director, Advancement Programs