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Announcing the Grantees of the Young Funders IGI

The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund connects people of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives to the power we have as a Jewish community to improve the world.

The Young Funders Impact Grants Initiative (IGI) sought to fund innovative approaches to engaging young adults ages 21-29 in Jewish life.  The eighteen Federation donors and community members making up this committee spent seven months evaluating proposals/conducting site visits and ultimately, selected 6 programs (from an initial pool of 37 exceptional applicants) to fund.

The programs awarded funding represent emerging organizations with strong social entrepreneur leaders at the forefront of engaging young adults through new and innovative efforts:

          

CONGREGATION SHOMREI TORAH and JCC OF SONOMA COUNTY
CST & the JCC of Sonoma County have teamed up to create the Sonoma County 20’s Tribe. This group will provide social experiences, holiday events and Shabbat dinners for 20-somethings in Sonoma and connect these young adults to their Jewish community.

G-DCAST
Initiates young adults into the study and understanding of Jewish texts through the fun and important lenses of media literacy and animated filmmaking.  This grant will specifically fund Studio Pastrami, creating the next great G-dcast video on Judaism and food.

KEVAH
Hardly Strictly Torah is a Kevah group for Bay Area Jewish leaders in their twenties that fosters Jewish identity, deepens Jewish knowledge, and creates community for the next generation of Bay Area Jewish leaders.

OSHMAN FAMILY JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
Vinyasa, Kavanah & Vino is a program that will provide Jewish young adults with opportunities for Jewish yoga, havdallah and holiday services, as well as happy hours.

REBOOT
Provides experiences for young, Jewishly-interested adults through integrated programs that offer opportunities for engagement. This grant enabled them to bring the Six-Word Memoirs project to San Francisco.

WE ARE WHAT WE DO (HISTORYPIN)
Historypin: Memory Lane Project utilizes the tools of youth culture to encourage twenty-something’s to actively connect with, capture, and share the evolving Jewish history of the San Francisco Bay Area.

To learn more about the Young Funders IGI, contact David Katznelson at 415.512.6233 or DavidK@sfjcf.org.
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