The Covenant Foundation in New York City has announced grants totaling $1.7 million in support of Jewish education in North America.
Recipients of the organization's Signature grants include Camp Tawonga (San Francisco), which was awarded $120,000 over three years to enhance and expand its alternative B'nai Mitzvah Program for unaffiliated, interfaith, and marginalized families; Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Education (Los Angeles), which will receive $150,000 over three years to enrich students' educational experiences through engagements with artist-scholars; The Kitchen (San Francisco), which was awarded $150,000 over three years to help build community, increase Jewish literacy, and engage people in Jewish practice through song; and Queens College Hillel (Flushing, New York), which will receive $200,000 over three years in support of a partnership between the five major City University of New York campuses focused on Jewish learning, leadership training, and community building for Sephardic and Mizrahi students.
Recipients of the organization's Ignition grants — one-year grants of up to $20,000 in support of new and untested approaches — include the Holocaust Memorial Center (Farmington Hills, Michigan), which will use the funds to launch a pilot program designed to help the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors transmit their family members' stories to students; Liz Lerman (Baltimore), in support of a new online resource for educators focused on the artist's creative practices and methods; and Young Israel of Deerfield Beach (Florida), to create meaningful intergenerational relationships and enhance the Hebrew reading skills of Boca Raton Jewish day school students by pairing them with retired educators.
"This year, the grants docket reflects hyper-current issues like democracy, technology, the climate crisis, virtual reality, and our screen-centered society," said Covenant Foundation executive director Harlene Appelman. "There are also many projects on this list that urge us to return to the fundamental blessings of our tradition, like arts and spirituality, music, and Jewish learning. This combination of new ideas and age-old wisdom confirms our steadfast belief in the truly innovative nature of Jewish educators and their commitment to improving our world, one student at a time."
(Photo credit: Camp Tawonga)