The Covenant Grants

The Covenant Foundation invites applications for innovative programs in Jewish schools, community organizations, and other institutional settings. These grants will provide funding to help creative Jewish educators develop and implement significant and financially responsible approaches to Jewish education that are potentially adaptable in other settings. Covenant Grants may also be awarded for projects whose purpose is to disseminate particularly effective existing programs.

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2015

The Jewish STEAM Project

BIMA/Genesis at Brandeis University — To develop teacher training and curricula integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) with Jewish Studies.

Ignition Grant

Waltham, MA

20,000.00 (1 year)

The InHEIRitance Project: The Genesis Plays

Jon Adam Ross — To support communal creation of five theater productions combining stories of Jewish matriarchs and patriarchs with the stories of members of local Jewish communities.

Signature Grant

New York, NY

20,000.00 (1 year)

Studio G-dcast 2.0: Training a National Cadre of Jewish Text Animators

G-dcast — To fund an expansion of the Studio G-dcast Media Beit Midrash program by training a national cadre of educators to independently implement its methodology for using animation as a tool for Jewish text study as well as developing an online course geared towards b’nei mitzvah students and their teachers.

Signature Grant

San Francisco, CA

50,000.00 (1 year)

Shinui: National Jewish Education Innovation Network

Shinui: Network for Innovation in Part Time Jewish Education — To establish Shinui, a network that brings together community agencies across the country to spark, nurture, and spread innovation in part-time Jewish education. The Shinui network currently includes ten community agencies.

Signature Grant

Philadelphia, PA

175,000.00 (3 years)

Promoting Innovative Education through Farm-Based Learning

Abundance Farm — To fully integrate experiential, farm-based education into Jewish educational life on its campus.

Signature Grant

Northampton, MA

12,000.00 (3 years)

Project Based Learning Professional Development Program

Tiferes Bnos — To create and implement a professional development program to train teachers in Project Based Learning.

Signature Grant

Brooklyn, NY

40,000.00 (1 year)

Passport to Peoplehood

Be’chol Lashon — To develop and expand the reach of its Passport to Peoplehood (P2P) program.

Ignition Grant

San Francisco, CA

20,000.00 (1 year)

Maker’s Makom

Brandeis Marin — To support creation of a Jewish Studies curriculum that is integrated with a maker’s program and core academics.

Signature Grant

San Rafael, CA

150,000.00 (3 years)

Kulanu NNJ ETC: EdTech Training for Congregational Schools

Kulanu NNJ — To train congregational school teachers to effectively integrate educational technology in classrooms by providing pre-service and in-service training in educational technology integration through JETS Israel, Inc. to a cohort of teachers from 10 Conservative and Reform congregations in Northern New Jersey, in partnership with the local Federation (JFNNJ) and JTS. The program plans to incorporate ...

Ignition Grant

Woodcliff Lake, NJ

20,000.00 (1 year)

InHEIRiting Sisterhood

Ilana Trachtman — To work with the Seattle Jewish community on a collaborative theater/video performance that explores the Biblical narrative of Rachel and Leah.

Signature Grant

Philadelphia, PA

30,000.00 (1 year)

How a Poem Begins – Lynne Avadenka and the Poet Rahel

Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History — To create and implement educational programming connected to How a Poem Begins, an exhibit examining pre-state Israel poet Rahel Bluwstein.

Ignition Grant

New York, NY

20,000.00 (1 year)

Hebrew in Public Schools: A Community Approach

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago — To assess the current landscape of Hebrew language instruction in public high schools in the United States and to propose a path forward for the Federated Jewish community to work collaboratively to implement and expand public school Hebrew nationwide

Ignition Grant

Chicago, IL

20,000.00 (1 year)

Dream Lab

Graduate Center for Jewish Education at American Jewish University — To fund Dream Lab, which will cultivate creative Jewish education as a field by developing standards of excellence, a professional pipeline of talent, measurable outcomes for Jewish learning, and a collaborative network of creative practitioners.

Ignition Grant

Bel Air, CA

100,000.00 (2 years)

Downtown Jewish Life at the 14th Street Y

14th Street Y — To strengthen the downtown Jewish community through inclusive, Open Tent public programming that will inspire in its audience a renewed interest in Jewish experiences, a firmer sense of who they are as Jews, and a creative context upon which to build a meaningful Jewish life.

Signature Grant

New York, NY

150,000.00 (3 years)

DIY: Design Identity Yourself

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue — To develop DIY: Design Identity Yourself, a program for young adults that combines Jewish text study with collaborative learning and creative self-expression.

Ignition Grant

Washington, WA

16,000.00 (1 year)

Curating Your Story – Educational Encounter with Jewish Artists in the Community

Beit Hatfutsot of America — To fund Curating Your Story – Educational Encounter with Jewish Artists in the Community, a program to enhance and extend the creative experience and community dialogue of the My Family Story initiative.

Signature Grant

New York, NY

35,000.00 (1 year)

Circles of Welcome

JCC Manhattan — Circles of Welcome. To create and establish Circles of Welcome, a new initiative aimed at encouraging couples/families with varying degrees of involvement to explore Jewish life within a community of small, supported groups (chavurot).

Signature Grant

New York, NY

150,000.00 (3 years)

Capital Camps Institute for Leadership and Learning

Capital Camps and Retreat Center — To develop the Institute for Leadership and Learning, a national fellowship program for veteran counselors at Jewish overnight camps.

Signature Grant

Rockville, MD

100,000.00 (2 years)

CSI: Coffee. Study. Interpret.

The Well — To support and expand CSI: Coffee. Study. Interpret., a Beit Midrash-style learning initiative.

Ignition Grant

West Bloomfield, MI

20,000.00 (1 year)

Building Sustainable Bikkur Holim Programs in the United States

The Center for Pastoral Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary — To train groups of congregational leaders across the country in the fundamentals of pastoral care and establish sustainable bikkur holim (visiting the sick) groups.

Signature Grant

New York, NY

140,650.00 (3 years)

Bubbie’s Kitchen: Connecting Youth and Families to Their Jewish Roots and Values through Global Foods and Traditions

YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood — To launch a globally informed cooking program for children and their families.

Signature Grant

New York, NY

67,500.00 (2 years)