Past Recipients | 2008
The Bergen County Y, a Jewish Community Center, Township of Washington, NJ. Building the Educational Platform for the Partnership: A Modern Paradigm for Educating and Growing a Jewish Community. To fund the development of Phase Two of the Kehillah Partnership, a collaborative effort to strengthen and enrich Jewish educational programming in the community at large and to create a communal foundation for resource-sharing and community-building. Project Director: Harold Benus; $141,600 (3 years).
Canada Israel Experience, Toronto, ON. The Birthright Alumni Community Leadership Project: Engaging Birthright Israel Alumni in Community Leadership. To expand and develop its existing leadership programs for Birthright Israel alumni, enabling participants to take a more active role in their communities upon their return. Project Director: Shauna Waltman; $149,685 (3 years).
Jewish Outreach Partnership, Melrose Park, PA. Reshet Network for Synagogue Leadership Enrichment. To disseminate the Reshet Network methodology, a model for locally-based synagogue strengthening and partnering, to five pilot communities in North America. Project Director: Philip Warmflash; $150,000 (3 years).
Jewish Women's Archive, Brookline, MA. Living the Legacy: A Jewish Social Justice Education Project. To support the creation of educational modules and interactive tools to help students discover the history of American Jewish social justice activism. Project Director: Judith Rosenbaum; $150,000 (3 years).
The Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. The Induction Toolkit Development Project: Building School-Level Capacity from a Distance. To help a group of day schools in small Jewish communities build the capacity to support, develop, and retain new teachers in ways that promote the ongoing development of all teachers. Project Director: Vivian Troen; $200,000 (4 years).
Mechon Hadar, New York, NY. The Yeshivat Hadar Covenant Fellowship. To create a new cohort of young Jews who will provide leadership to emerging and established minyanim and Jewish community-wide institutions. Project Director: Elie Kaunfer; $153,612 (3 years).
The Moxie Institute, Mill Valley, CA. National Tribe Scholarships for Educational Screening and Curriculum Packages. To support national educational screenings of the film The Tribe about contemporary Jewish American identity, and to offer newly published curriculum guides to organizations dedicated to Jewish education. Project Director: Carlton Evans; $42,000 (1 year).
RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network, New York, NY. The RAVSAK Moot Beit Din. To expand a program of intensive Jewish study that brings together students in community high schools for an annual competition. Project Director: Elliott Rabin; $150,000 (3 years).
Sesame Workshop, New York, NY. Shalom Sesame: Harnessing the Potential of Digital Media. To develop the digital media component of the Shalom Sesame project to introduce children in the United States to the heritage of Israel and Judaism. Project Director: Danny Labin; $189,600 (3 years).
Center for the Jewish Future at Yeshiva University, New York, NY. Women's Leadership Initiative. To sustain and expand a women's leadership initiative. Project Director: Daphne Fishman; $20,000 (1 year).
Congregation Beth Israel, Charlottesville, VA. Jewish Early Childhood Education Programs in Small Town America. To create a coalition of established Jewish early childhood education programs in communities with small Jewish populations. Project Directors: Ellen Dietrick and Jan Dorman; $20,000 (1 year).
Hashomer Hatzair North America, New York, NY. Without Walls: Bringing Youth-Led Informal Education into Jewish Supplementary Schools. To develop an educational initiative that brings informal youth-led programming into formal Jewish learning settings. Project Director: Daniel Roth; $10,000 (1 year).
The Jewish Community Center of Asheville, , Inc., Asheville, NC. The Jewish Children's Gardening Curriculum. To develop a Jewish Children's Garden Curriculum that integrates Jewish values and culture with environmental sustainability. Project Director: Heather Whitaker Goldstein; $20,000 (1 year).
National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA. The Jewish Cultural Fellows Program. To implement a fellowship program for college students that will bring Jewish cultural programming to college campuses across the country. Project Director: Hankus Netsky; $20,000 (1 year).
Nishmah: The St. Louis Jewish Women's Project, St. Louis, MO. Banot Buddies. To expand an ongoing program that brings elementary and high school girls together for mentoring opportunities, Jewish enrichment, and community service projects. Project Director: Ronit Sherwin; $5,000 (1 year).
The Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning, New York, NY. Projecting Freedom: Cinematic Interpretations of the Haggadah. To work with ten filmmakers to create one-minute films interpreting the fifteen segments of the Haggadah, also creating a DVD and study guide. Project Director: Leon A. Morris; $20,000 (1 year).