The initiative, Avenues to Jewish Engagement for Intermarried Couples and their Families, is expected to generate $3.3 million in funds to boost the number of funders working to foster a culture of acceptance within the Jewish community. Douglas, who was awarded $200,000 to promote inclusion and diversity in Jewish life, pooled his prize money with gifts from other donors to create a $1.65 million fund. JFN plans to implement the initiative globally.
Qualifying grants of at least $25,000 will be matched dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $150,000. Any organization focused on strengthening Jewish identity among intermarried couples, their children, and individuals from these families can apply for general operating support; organizations with a broader mission are eligible to apply for project support. Priority will be given to organizations seeking to create sustainable, systemic change.
"The Pew report and other studies show that intermarriage is already an inescapable reality in the Jewish community," said JFN president and CEO Andrés Spokoiny. "While there are different opinions about this phenomenon, most agree that it is critical to offer these families avenues to Jewish engagement so as not to lose an entire generation."