Building Bridges to a Brighter Future

Back in Algeria, Ramdane Hanouti was a practicing lawyer. But when he moved to the United States with limited English and almost no support, he found himself starting from scratch again.

For Ramdane, the stepping stone to a better life was Bridges to College, a program of CJP and Jewish Vocational Service. Bridges to College is a preparation program designed to assist students in developing the skills necessary to succeed in college. Aligned with the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repair of the world), the program offers a helping hand to diverse members of the Greater Boston community. At his Bridges to College classes, Ramdane has worked hard to improve his English and find his pathway back to a career in legal services.

The class is free, but success comes with hard work
Thanks in part to funding from CJP, Bridges to College is free for each student accepted into the program. Participants choose between two tracks of study – biotechnology or general studies. During the 23 weeks of class, students improve their English language, math and college-readiness skills.

The program is rigorous and requires significant commitment. Students complete 300 classroom hours and spend countless hours on homework and tutoring. Upon completion, they pursue a degree at Bunker Hill Community College or Quincy College, and receive free job placement assistance.

“This program gave me strength,” Ramdane said. “It helped me keep my eyes on improving my English and getting an advanced degree. College is an opportunity to improve my life and get a better job. I found a family here, and now I’m looking forward to the future.”

You might also like...

Making Changes: Transitions to Work

Through Transitions to Work, people with disabilities are finding a sense of purpose through work.

Read The Story >

Lifting the Burden of Shame

“I was embarrassed and that made it so hard to ask for help,” says Bonnie. But when she could no longer afford transportation to her son’s medical appointments, she called CJP.

Read The Story >

A Design for Giving Back

How could the space be redesigned into an accessible prayer room that would make the residents feel comfortable? And, who could complete the work?

Read The Story >

Two Lives, One Journey

They survived the Holocaust, but the Zuckermans found that war and strife would pursue them into their senior years.

Read The Story >

CJP Brings IACT Nationwide

CJP’s Israel campus initiative supports students before, during and after their Birthright trips. And now IACT is reaching young people on campuses from Massachusetts to California.

Read The Story >

Finding the Courage to Succeed

Ready for Success is a program that helps unemployed, mid-to-late career professionals in Metrowest get back in the job market by enhancing their skills – and raising their confidence.

Read The Story >

New Fund Supports Inclusion at Day Schools

Ready for Success is a program that helps unemployed, mid-to-late career professionals in Metrowest get back in the job market by enhancing their skills – and raising their confidence.

Read The Story >

Finding the Courage to Succeed

Imagine leaving your home country and career to forge a new life in an unfamiliar place.

Read The Story >

Making Friends Across Generations

For a lot of people, there’s nothing too special about Tuesday night. But for a group of teens in the South Area, Tuesday is the best night of the week.

Read The Story >

Building Connections

What happens when you bring together students from top technology universities in Boston and in Haifa, Israel?

Read The Story >

Jewish Life on Campus

Whether you’re a freshman or a returning student, you can find ways to get involved on campus.

Read The Story >

Funding Futures

Every year, CJP’s Scholarship Committee receives applications from hundreds of students who need our help to fund their college education.

Read The Story >

Mensches at Work

What can planting flowers, cleaning up a beach or working behind the scenes at a theater teach your child about Jewish values?

Read The Story >