“As the JCRIF Aligned Grant partners launch a second round of grantmaking, we want to share some of the key takeaways from the first round of the JCRIF Aligned Grants that might be useful to others, and that will also inform the next stage of our work.
. . .From the outset, JCRIF’s grant funders described their goal as not simply preserving institutions . . . but rather thinking broadly about preserving the functions that Jewish communities need to thrive.”

“As part of its 2021 grant strategy, the JCRIF Aligned Grant Program is issuing a public call for proposals from individuals and organizations to seize this unique moment to reimagine, renew, and reset Jewish communities for the future. We are seeking new thinking that can move beyond current organizational boundaries, structures, missions, and program delivery mechanisms.”

“[T]he team included. . .a 17-year-old high-school student named Yahel Manor, who is responsible for some of the team’s most interesting discoveries. . . . She reached Kaminer’s lab through Alpha, a program for high-school students with outstanding aptitudes for science and math.”

“In the wake of COVID-19 closures, seven Jewish foundations formed the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF), a $91 million interest-free loan and grant program, to help sustain Jewish institutions during the pandemic. . . . ‘This loan has helped us continue to support the mental, physical, social, and spiritual health and well-being of our community.'”

“As in the United States, where a coalition of donors quickly pulled together an $80 million emergency fund as the pandemic gained ground this spring, the JDC has led an emergency program to provide relief to 1,600 Jewish families in 16 countries, including 11 in Europe.”

“…an innovative, interactive, voice-led, online experience, enabling people to converse directly and enjoy virtual time with [Rabbi Sacks], one-on-one.”

“I’m not sure that everyday, individual givers—who account for 68% of giving to American nonprofits, and who interact with and benefit from institutions that are the bedrock of our communities and that enrich all of our lives—understand that we’re currently at risk for losing much of what we hold near and dear in our communal lives…”

“As COVID-19 drastically affects the world, our country and our community, we know that many of our grantee partners and other organizations face unprecedented challenges and concerns. We want you to know that we, your philanthropic partners, are in this together with you.”

“Whether you are guiding staff about travel or remote work arrangements, wondering what other groups are doing in response to Covid-19, fielding donors’ questions about your nonprofit’s response or the impact on planned events, or worrying that the virus will dampen your fundraising, it’s a lot to handle.
To help you cope, here are a few online resources we’ve collected…”

“I returned from the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, D.C., and as a result, I’ve had to cancel two weeks of meetings, am carb loading, working in my pajamas and missing fresh air desperately. Was it worth it?
It was life changing.”

“But what do we actually mean by Jewish literacy and illiteracy in Jewish communal discourse? Unless we are clear about the problem that we are trying to solve, it seems hard to imagine that we will succeed in solving it.”

“Somehow, in 1995, these young, devout, idealistic Jewish superheroes – deeply pious, theologically rigorous, yet outward-looking, too – zeroed in on one of the greatest clashes between those within the rabbinic mind-set and those beyond it: the wedding.”