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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2017

Base: Growing a National Movement

Base — Base - To deepen engagement with Jewish young adults and to grow its vision for the growing network of Bases in Brooklyn, Downtown Manhattan, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington D.C. Base is a project incubated in Hillel International’s Office of Innovation. The program presents a Jewish educational model for emerging adults, in which a pluralistic rabbinic couple use their home as a c...

Signature Grant

New York, NY

50,000.00 (1 year)

Enriching Jewish Life and Training Future Leaders in Maine

Center for Small Town Jewish Life — Center for Small Town Jewish Life - To enhance its year-round training and mentorship programs, rabbinical internships, teen track initiatives, lay leadership sessions, Fall Shabbatonim, and social entrepreneurship workshops.The Center for Small Town Jewish Life at Colby College (CSTJL) showcases how academic and community institutions can work together to improve the cultural life of small towns...

Signature Grant

Waterville, ME

149,693.00 (3 years)

What We Hold: 100 Jewish Teen Voices

Contemporary Jewish Museum — The Contemporary Jewish Museum - To support the creation of What We Hold: 100 Jewish Teen Voices, an educational program that will create and disseminate recorded audio stories by Jewish teens that explore Jewish values and intergenerational family narratives.The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) will train 100 Jewish teens to create compelling 3-5 minute audio stories (using their smart phones) ...

Signature Grant

San Francisco, CA

48,000.00 (1 year)

Machon Madяich for Russian-speaking Jewish Educators

Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst — Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst - To create Machon Madяich, a fellowship program that will recruit 36 high school and college-aged students from New York City’s Russian-speaking Jewish community annually and train them to work in Jewish educational settings.The Machon Madяich initiative, spearheaded by the Marks JCH, will provide Russian Speaking Jews (RSJs) with t...

Signature Grant

Brooklyn, NY

150,000.00 (3 years)

Girls in Trouble Curriculum, Phase 2

Girls in Trouble — Girls in Trouble - To launch Phase 2 of the Girls in Trouble Curriculum, in which 15 additional Biblical women will be brought to life through the powerful combination of art, music, and text.The Girls in Trouble Curriculum is a series of in-depth study guides for encountering women of the Torah through art, created by musician and Jewish educator Alicia Jo Rabins. The curriculum reveals how the ...

Signature Grant

Portland, OR

70,000.00 (2 years)

The Willesden READ Day School Initiative

Hold On To Your Music — Hold On To Your Music - To educate students at Jewish day schools in six cities across the country about the Holocaust and the Kindertransport, through The Willesden READ Day School Initiative, which utilizes educational, dramatic, literary, and musical concepts.The core of The Willesden READ is the book, The Children of Willesden Lane, by authors Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen; the educator resource...

Signature Grant

Los Angeles, CA

25,000.00 (1 year)

Illuminated Jewish Stories

Illuminated Jewish Stories — Illuminated Jewish Stories - To support the creation and dissemination of Jewish educational art materials for adult learners, educator trainings, and programs.This project is designed to invite adult learners to creatively engage with profound Jewish stories through art (with accompanying discussion and text guides), and in doing so, to inspire them to also engage in personal reflection, further ...

Signature Grant

Sharon, MA

50,000.00 (1 year)

In the City Camp Goes to Synagogue Preschool Camp

In the City Camp — In the City Camp - To bring its Jewish camp curriculum, experiential teaching technique, and marketing knowledge to synagogue early childhood camps in an effort to strengthen these programs and increase collaboration among Jewish education providers in Atlanta.In the City Camp (ITCC) has developed a welcoming, experiential, culturally Jewish curriculum for children entering kindergarten through ...

Ignition Grant

Atlanta, GA

20,000.00 (1 year)

2020 Vision

JCC Manhattan — JCC Manhattan - To develop a curriculum beginning with a weeklong pilot program of 2020 Vision and continuing with a year-long civics “boot camp” course aimed at preparing teens for full participation in democratic society by training them in the art of civil discourse and introducing them to important topics such as news literacy, identifying community challenges, and encouraging activism.20...

Ignition Grant

New York, NY

20,000.00 (1 year)

TikkunXDesign/Beta Midrash

Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island — Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island - To support the creation and expansion of the school’s TikkunXDesign and Beta Midrash programs, which integrate Jewish texts, traditions, and values with human-centered Design Thinking and STEAM education.Through this grant, the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Islane (JCDSRI) will focus on two related programs, the expansion of its TikkunXDesign...

Signature Grant

Providence, RI

46,350.00 (1 year)

Project Kavod 2.0

Jewish Family Service of Seattle — Jewish Family Service of Seattle - To expand Project Kavod's reach to the greater community and Jewish Family Service of Seattle (JFS) educators nationally, engaging them around issues of civic commitment and social change.Project Kavod 2.0 seeks to build on the success of Project Kavod, an undertaking of JFS. Project Kavod has established strong connections between JFS staff, board, and commun...

Signature Grant

Seattle, WA

50,000.00 (1 year)

Jewish Educational Enrichment for Limmud FSU Volunteers

Limmud FSU International Foundation — Limmud FSU International Foundation - To fund a holistic volunteer education and leadership training program for United States-based Limmud FSU volunteers.Limmud FSU brings together Jews from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) through dynamic, pluralistic gatherings drawing large and enthusiastic audiences. Limmud FSU promotes lifelong Jewish learning, strengthens Jewish identity, and works to create ...

Signature Grant

New York, NY

150,000.00 (3 years)

A New Model for Family B’nai Mitzvah Education

Moving Traditions — Moving Traditions - To create and disseminate a new model of family education for b’nai mitzvah tweens and their parents, bringing Jewish wisdom to bear on the real-life challenges of becoming a teenager and parenting a teenager.The Moving Traditions leadership plans to draw on its prior work with parents and success with training adult mentors to address the needs of parents and thus help them...

Signature Grant

Jenkintown, PA

172,000.00 (3 years)

American Jewish History Curriculum and National Educators Institute

National Museum of American Jewish History — National Museum of American Jewish History - To support the creation of a curriculum for students and professional development opportunities for teachers in order to improve the teaching of American Jewish history in day and supplementary schools.In 2016, the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) launched its National Educators Institute (NEI), a series of professional development op...

Signature Grant

Philadelphia, PA

50,000.00 (1 year)

Sefaria Partnership Initiative Repository

Sefaria Inc. — Sefaria Inc. - To create the Sefaria Partnership Initiative Repository through which Sefaria will document and distribute best practices and tools related to the teaching and learning of Jewish texts online.Dedicated to building the future of Jewish learning in an open and participatory way, Sefaria is assembling a free “living library” of Jewish texts in Hebrew and in English translation. By...

Signature Grant

New York, NY

150,000.00 (3 years)

Studio 70 – Developing an Improvement Infrastructure for Innovations in Jewish Education

Studio 70 — Studio 70 - A planning grant to support and strengthen part-time Jewish education nationally by: sharing lessons learned in the larger field; facilitating a network of Jewish social entrepreneurs and creating opportunities for professional development, resource sharing, webinars, and an annual conference.Studio 70 is a Jewish learning laboratory dedicated to exploring, innovating, and discovering ...

Signature Grant

Berkeley, CA

20,000.00 (1 year)

The Bridge: Deep Wisdom for Troubled Waters

Temple Israel of Boston — Temple Israel of Boston - To create and facilitate through The Riverway Project, The Bridge: Deep Wisdom for Troubled Waters, a Jewish spiritual resilience curriculum for Generation Z, Millennials, and the latter years of Generation X.Temple Israel of Boston created the Riverway Project in an effort to connect Jews in their twenties and thirties with Judaism and with each other. The Bridge: Deep ...

Ignition Grant

Boston, MA

20,000.00 (1 year)

CSI: Coffee. Study. Interpret.

The Well — The Well - To fund the expansion of its CSI: Coffee. Study. Interpret., a Beit Midrash-style learning series, to three new communities.Initially funded as a Covenant Ignition Grant, CSI offers monthly learning sessions in Metro Detroit, engaging under and unaffiliated young Jewish adults with Jewish text, contemporary issues in the community, and with each other. In 2016, each session drew an av...

Signature Grant

West Bloomfield, MI

46,500.00 (1 year)

The Genesis Plays Festival

The inHEIRitance Project — The inHEIRitance Project - To bring the five acclaimed Genesis Plays, created and produced in Jewish communities around the country, to New York City, culminating in a theater festival in the spring of 2018.The inHEIRitance Project is a series of five plays created and produced in five Jewish communities over three years. Each play is inspired by the narrative of a matriarch or patriarch from the...

Signature Grant

New York, NY

75,000.00 (1 year)

Educating the Integrated 21st Century Rabbi

Yeshivat Maharat — Yeshivat Maharat - To revise and expand its three-year Leadership Development Curriculum to include knowledge of pedagogy, experiential education, and entrepreneurship for all Yeshivat Maharat students.Yeshivat Maharat currently prepares students through a curriculum focused on deep scholarship in Jewish law, pastoral skills, and leadership training. The leadership curriculum, currently on a thre...

Signature Grant

Bronx, NY

150,000.00 (3 years)

jGirls Magazine: Jewish Educational Curriculum

jGirls Magazine — jGirls Magazine - To support the creation of an educational curriculum for the Editorial Board and writers of its online magazine and growing community.The Editorial Board of jGirls is composed entirely of its target population – Jewish, teen girls – who, in addition to creating and editing content, engage in experiential learning sessions focused on editing, writing, decision-making, leadersh...

Ignition Grant

New York, NY

20,000.00 (1 year)