Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix announces 2019 grants

The Valley of the Sun JCC was one of many to receive a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix. (photo by Melissa Fittro)

The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix announced its 2019 discretionary grants, totaling $225,136, including $9,100 in small grants, to benefit the Jewish community locally and in Israel, such as the Valley of the Sun JCC.

These grants aim to support through the organization’s unrestricted endowment funds, the Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund, and other ‘field of interest’ endowments, according to a press release.

Locally, the foundation supports programs that address an unmet need in the Jewish community, one-time endeavors that offer the Jewish community both immediate benefits and the potential for long-term enrichment, and capacity building for Jewish non-profit organizations.

In Israel, the foundation funds programs and services that provide people with the tools needed to become self-reliant and break the cycle of poverty; or programs that aim to improve relations between Jews and Arabs.

“We are excited to bring some new educational programs and speakers to the Valley, especially since Holocaust education isn’t mandated in Arizona,” Francine Coles, chair of the foundation’s grants committee, said in a prepared statement.

“A recent survey by the Claims Conference showed major gaps in Holocaust awareness, and a desire for Holocaust education.”

The foundation awarded grants to the following organizations and programs:

Small Grants

  • Valley of the Sun JCC, $500 for BJE’s Day of Learnings.
  • Valley Beit Midrash, $3,500 for By Choice: Experiential Learning for Jewish Converts.
  • Yeshiva High School of Arizona, $1,600 for Initiation of the Yeshiva High School of Arizona Venture Crew.
  • Shabbos Project Arizona, Inc., $1,000 for Shabbos Project 2018.
  • East Valley Jewish Community Center, $1,250 for The Last Klezmer, Yiddish Fest and David Labrovsky Project.
  • Project Inspire Arizona, $1,250 for Jewish Unity Learning.

Local community

  • Bureau of Jewish Education, $3,000 for Veterans Day Teen Holocaust Forum.
  • Chabad House, Inc., $5,000 for Smile on Seniors Rehab and Senior Living Facilities Program.
  • East Valley Jewish Community Center, $11,652 for Jewish Life and Learning Program Expansion.
  • Hillel at Arizona State University, $17,225 for holistic student support.
  • Jewish Community Foundation, $18,102 for Discretionary Reserve.
  • Jewish Ensemble Theatre, $15,000 for student matinees of “The Diary of Anne Frank” at the Madison Theater.
  • Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Creative Aging, $5,000 for Creative Aging.
  • Jewish Genetic Diseases Center, $15,000 for Founder 3.
  • Phoenix Holocaust Association After, $15,000 for The Holocaust by Bullets.
  • Valley Beit Midrash, $3,500 for Alternative Young Professional Jewish Learning.

Israel grants

  • American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, $5,000 for Families First.
  • Bina: The Jewish Movement for Social change, $10,000 for Mechinat Masabacha (Masa Ba Chevra HaYisraelit — Journey through Israeli Society).
  • Hillel – the Right to Choose, $7,500 for support for Former Haredi Single Mothers in their New Beginning.
  • itworks, Securing Israel’s Future Through Employment, $5,000 for vocational training and placement for single mothers.
  • Kol Israel Haverim, $5,000 for Gateway to Graduation (Shearim LeBagrut).
  • Merchavim – The Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel, $10,000 for Arab Teacher Integration in Jewish Schools.
  • Orr Shalom, $12,000 for Economic Empowerment for Women.
  • Presentense, $5,000 for Yazamiot Venture Accelerator for Haredi Women in Jerusalem.
  • Sindyanna, $5,000 for the visitors center.
  • Women’s Spirit, Crossing the Street, $10,000
  • Yozmot Atid, $5,000 for Taking the Leap.

Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund

  • Adva Center, $5,000 for The Power to Empower! Coalition Building Among Mayoral Advisors on Gender Equality.
  • The Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere (WIPS) at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, $10,818 for The Gender Index.

Physically Disadvantaged Children’s Fund

  • Gesher Disability Services, $2,292 for Summer Camp Inclusion Resources.
  • Paul Vermes Endowment for Disabled Youth in Israel, $9,947 for Shekel Community Services for People with Special Needs.

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