From now through July 26, 2024, you have the opportunity to help Chatham County public school children get ready for the 2024-2025 school year. For many, preparing for a new school year, which should be exciting, becomes a time of anxiety, and not having the resources to obtain proper back-to-school supplies can create unnecessary stress. With your generous support, we can help deserving families prepare their children for school with dignity and pride. 

What is Project Elef?

Partnering with Repair The World and JCC Association of North America, The JEA has created Project Elef, and we are collecting items from the 2024-2025 Chatham County back-to-school lists and new or gently used  uniforms.
is the Hebrew word for 1000. Our goal is to collect a minimum of 1000 items, and $1000 by the Friday, July 26, 2024.

This summer we will be collecting tzedakah (monetary and tangible supplies) to benefit Chatham County public school children for the 2024-2025 school year. There are many mitzvot- good deeds- we are able to fulfill, and tzedakah is one of them. Tzedakah is commonly thought of as “charity”, but is more accurately translated as “justice” or “righteousness.” Tzedakah is a responsibility to help those in need, through acts of service, tangible goods or financial donations. Giving tzedakah is a concept that is never too early to learn! 

What items are we looking for?

  • New and gently used Chatham County public school uniforms
  • Items for the 2024-2025 Chatham Country Public Schools back-to-school lists. Please follow this link to our Chatham County Public School Wish List, or you can view the Full Chatham County Supply List. We are accepting all items!
  • Loose change and other monetary gifts ("Project Elef" Tzedakah boxes will be located throughout the building)

Where can I drop off items for Project Elef?

Jewish Educational Alliance
5111 Abercorn Street

Monday - Friday (6am-6pm)
Saturday (12p-6pm)
Sunday (9am-6pm)

We will have "Project Elef" Bins and Tzedakah Boxes in the Main Lobby, the Small Auditorium, and the JEA Preschool Savannah Lobby through July 26, 2024. 

I have items to donate but can't drop them off. Can you arrange a pickup?

We will happily arrange this. Please send an email to with what items you have and your contact information and we will follow up to schedule a pick-up.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, as a 501c3, all donations to Project Elef are deductible. We will issue you a receipt for your taxes.

I'd like to get involved. How can I help?

You can view Project Elef's Amazon Wish List with items from Chatham County Public Schools 2024-2025 back to school lists. You can also make a tax-deductible donation to help us purchase items. 
We always welcome volunteers, and will need help throughout the summer sorting and packing supplies. Please email to learn about volunteer opportunities!