2019 Donald Ponn Fund Scholarships

Temple members Beatrice and Harold Ponn (both of blessed memory) established The Donald Ponn Scholarship Fund in memory of their son. The fund supports the youth of our congregation by providing scholarships for a variety of activities that help our children develop their identities and bring them into contact with other Jewish children. In the past, the fund has supported activities such as NFTY teen trips to Israel, NFTY youth institutes, Jewish leadership development and education programs, and Jewish summer camps.

Quotes from Crane Lake campers and parents thanking the Donald Ponn Scholarship Fund:

“Thank you for helping me go to Crane Lake Camp this year. I loved the lake. I learned how to sail, paddle board and canoe. I also loved the animals because animals are friendly and the staff are the best. Thank you again for all your help.”

From a parent, “Thank you very much for helping my daughters attend Crane Lake Camp. They made close friendships, sang, danced, swam and deepened their connection to Judaism. It was a perfect experience.”

Applications are due February 5, 2019

Applications can be obtained in the Temple office, or downloaded here.  Completed applications must either be returned to the Temple office, or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 5; applicants will be notified by the end of February 2019.

Many thanks to our committee members Don and Katie Ponn, Paulette Ponn Black, Myrna Robinson Weiner, and Karen Pike for their continued support of Harold and Bea’s vision.

We also appreciate all the support many of our BETC community have given to the Donald Ponn Scholarship Fund. Thank you!

Please contact Paulette Black at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you might have about the Donald Ponn Scholarship Fund.

-- Donald Ponn, Katie Ponn, and Paulette Ponn Black
   Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs

Contact Info

Beth El Temple Center
2 Concord Ave
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 484-6668
[email protected]