Richmond Jewish Coalition for Literacy

What is RJCL?

The Richmond Jewish Coalition for Literacy (RJCL) is a group of volunteers organized through the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond which pairs students with a volunteer (mentor) with the goal of enabling these children to become more secure in their learning.

Where do we mentor?

RJCL mentors at the following schools:

Swansboro Elementary School: 3160 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23224

Laburnum Elementary School: 500 Meriwether Ave, Richmond, VA 23222

How do I get involved?

New mentors are always welcome! Please contact JCFR Director of Operations Sara Rosenbaum at or (804) 545-8629. 

RJCL Backpack Drive:

Richmond Jewish Coalition for Literacy Mentors and community members are collecting supplies for students at both Laburnum Elementary and Swansboro Elementary as they return to school. It costs approximately $25 to fill a backpack for a student.

If you would like to donate schools supplies or funds to purchase extra supplies please contact Sara Rosenbaum at 545-8629 or


Items needed include:

  • Backpacks
  • Large boxes of tissue
  • Glue
  • glue sticks
  • pencils
  • paper
  • scissors
  • rulers
  • 2 pocket folders
  • spiral notebooks
  • crayons
  • markers
  • multiplication and division flash cards
  • 2" binders
  • hand sanitizer