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Foundation Approves New Grants

June 2014 – Birthright was a big winner in the Foundation’s most recent round of grants, with over $35,000 awarded to OSU-Hillel and OSU’s Chabad House. Birthright trips to Israel are open to all 18-26 year old adults, including those who have participated in educational trips to Israel prior to and during college.  Studies show that program participants are far more likely to marry within the faith.  When presenting its grant application, Hillel stated that Birthright should be the beginning of the Jewish journey, not the end.  The Foundation agrees.

Other Foundation grants approved this week include:

$40,000 for Early Childhood Program scholarships – The Foundation continues to prioritize  the needs of young, struggling parents who want their kids to be in Jewish programs and a safe environment at the JCC while they’re at work or looking for work.

$20,000 to ECDI – The Economic and Community Development  Institute – Providing Jewish entrepreneurs and small business owners with technical and other assistance helps grow Jewish Columbus.  Half of America’s workers either own or work  for a small business; small businesse  s generated 64 percent of new jobs over the past 15 years. They create two out of every three new jobs and help spur economic development.

$2,500 to Lifetown – Lifetown is the Schottenstein Chabad House’s “indoor city” where children with special needs learn important life skills.  This grant is to explore seniors’ opportunities to volunteer with Lifetown kids–a great inter-generational synergy.

$30,000 to the JCC for Gallery Players, the Jewish Bookfair, and the Jewish Film Festival – Supporting the Jewish Arts in all its creative richness is a cornerstone of the  Foundation’s grants program. The coming arts season will be richer because of the Foundation’s commitment to visual, performance and media arts with Jewish content.

Columbus Jewish Day School – A special grant will help  students with different learning needs get Hebrew language instruction via personalized video conferencing with Bar Ilan University specialists. 

Congregation Beth Tikvah -  Support from the Foundation’s Social Justice Fund will help teens structure their approach to community service projects through a clearer understanding of the Jewish prophetic values that bring Jewish teachings to life.

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