Grants: Year 1997

The Nathan Cummings Foundation

 

Grants: Year 1997

The following amounts represent the Foundation's share of the total amounts
awarded by the Israel Cooperative Program .

American Friends of Beit Morasha
Englewood, NJ
For an educational initiative on democracy and Jewish teachings for principals of Israeli religious high schools.
$7,000
American Friends of Melitz, Centers for Jewish-Zionist Education
Southfield, MI
For the Bavli-Yerushalmi Project of Kolot for building relationships between Jews in Israel and the United States.
  $14,000
American Friends of Melitz, Centers for Jewish-Zionist Education
Southfield, MI
Curriculum development on human rights and Jewish values, a joint program with the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
  $10,000

(1997 payment)

American Friends of the Israel Union for Environmental Defense
Bethesda, MD
To support the first year of a multi-year project of the Israel Union for Environmental Defense designed to raise public and official awareness about the neglect of Israel's urban open spaces, using computerized survey data to identify priority areas for protection in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
$24,000
American Friends of the Israel Union for Environmental Defense
Bethesda, MD
To address the problem of health-endangering air pollution generated by private vehicles and buses.
$16,000
American Friends of the Israel Union for Environmental Defense
Bethesda, MD
For the "Sheli" Small Grants Fund, which will support community-based organizations addressing environmental protection concerns.
$10,000
American Friends of the Shalom Hartman Institute
Englewood, NJ
For training Israeli high school principals and teachers in pluralistic approaches to teaching Jewish subjects and values.
 $25,000
American Friends of the Shalom Hartman Institute
Englewood, NJ
For training principals and teachers from 30 of Israel's leading high schools, in creative, pluralistic approaches to teaching Bible and Oral Tradition, using new approaches to teaching Jewish subjects and values relevant to contemporary Israeli society.
 $8,000
American Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel
Great Neck, NY
For the Center for Community Environmental Organizing, enhancing outreach efforts to diverse organizations and constituencies.
$14,000
American Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel
Great Neck, NY
For three SPNI staff members to meet with environmental leaders in the U.S. to discuss transportation issues and organizational development.
 $3,000
Friends of the Israel Women's Network
Brookline, MA
To expand existing resource facilities into a Women's Resource and Policy Research Center.
$30,000

over 2 years

Jewish Theological Seminary of America
New York, NY
For teacher training in the teaching of Jewish tradition and parent-child workshops for the TALI schools in Israel.
 $16,000
Donor-advised grants to:

New Israel Fund
Washington, DC

For the Hakhel Conference on alternatives in Jewish education, promoting diversity and pluralism.

$2,000

New Israel Fund
Washington, DC
To enable the ADVA Center to analyze the budgets of the Israeli Ministries of Education, Religious Affairs, and Housing.
 $1,400
New Israel Fund
Washington, DC
To support the Trust of Programmes for Early Childhood, Family and Community in developing leadership training for Israeli Arab women.
 $14,000
New Israel Fund
Washington, DC
For Machon Mifne, to develop educational software on humanistic values in Judaism and to train teachers and students in its use at orthodox and non-orthodox schools.
 $20,000

over 2 years

New Israel Fund
Washington, DC
For a new organization, Panim, which will coordinate the efforts of Israeli groups working for pluralistic Jewish education.
 $25,000
New Israel Fund
Washington, DC
To launch Transportation–Today & Tomorrow, to promote environmentally sustainable transport policies in Israel.
 $60,000

over 2 years

New Israel Fund
Washington, DC
To enable the Galilee Society to create a consortium of Arab and Jewish environmental organizations to promote sustainable development in the Galilee.
 $14,000
New Israel Fund
Washington, DC
For an environmental leadership training program at the Abraham Joshua Heschel Center for Nature Studies.
 $32,000
New Israel Fund
Washington, DC
For fellowships and stipends to Egyptian, Jordanian, and Palestinian participants in the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, promoting Middle East environmental cooperation.
 $10,000
New Israel Fund
Washington, DC
To support the first year of the Alma Hebrew College in Tel Aviv, which will integrate Jewish texts and culture into a liberal arts curriculum.
 $20,000
New Israel Fund
Washington, DC
For four groups working to encourage religious freedom and pluralism in Israel-Association for Civil Rights in Israel; Hillel: Association for Jews Leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy; Association for Eternal Rest; and Am Hofshi.
 $20,000
New Israel Fund
Washington, DC
To develop a strategy for promoting environmentally sustainable transportation in Israel.
 $2,340
New Israel Fund
Washington, DC
For EcoPeace to engage Israeli, Jordanian, and Palestinian NGO leaders and government officials in preparing an environmental plan for Dead Sea development projects.
 $5,000
New Israel Fund
Washington, DC
To assist the Shatil Environmental Justice Project in establishing stronger connections among local, regional, and national environmental efforts.
 $7,000
New Israel Fund
Washington, DC
To expand the capacity of Meimad-The Movement for Religious Zionist Renewal to promote moderation and openness in the Zionist community.
 $22,000

over 2 years

New Israel Fund
Washington, DC
To assist the Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development's efforts to integrate environmental protection concerns into Arab land-use planning.
 $10,000
New Israel Fund
Washington, DC
To enable the Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace to produce and pilot the "Judaism and Democracy" curriculum in state schools.
 $10,000
North American Committee for Oranim
Milwaukee, WI
To expand Hamidrasha's workshops in Jewish culture for the education of young community leaders.
$12,000
Donor-advised grants to:

P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
New York, NY

To allow the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews to expand its education programming for at-risk Ethiopian immigrant youth.

 

$8,000

P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
New York, NY
For a new educational initiative of Kolot empowering lay leaders to promote the vision of a reimagined and revitalized Jewish culture in Israel.
 $20,000
P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
New York, NY
For the expansion of campus environmental activities by the Green Focus program of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel.
 $6,000
P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
New York, NY
For the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and the Forum for Jerusalem's Future to advance sustainable development in Jerusalem, ensuring protection of open spaces, enhanced public transport, and preservation of center-city neighborhoods.
 $15,000
P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
New York, NY
For the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel for public education about the advantages of public transit over private automobiles.
 $16,000
P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
New York, NY
To enable Elul to strengthen its core Beit Midrash, which is a source of creativity for outreach programs.
 $15,000
Union of American Hebrew Congregations
New York, NY
For the Israel Religious Action Center's program of sending Israeli journalists to the United States to study and experience the pluralism of American Jewish life.
 $12,000

Jewish Education

American Friends of the Hebrew University
New York, NY
To enable the Melton Adult Mini-School Institute to develop a training program on Jewish heritage for supplementary school teachers in small Jewish communities in the U.S.
$50,000
Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York
New York, NY
To help Gesher L'Kesher, a collaboration of the Princeton Center for Leadership Training, the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York, and the 92nd Street YM-YWHA, to increase the number of participating congregations and train additional staff.
 $155,000

over 2 years

Educational Broadcasting Corporation
New York, NY
To convert to CD-ROM, dramatically expand, and revise the PBS series "Heritage: Civilization and the Jews."
  $150,000

over 2 years

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Los Angeles, CA
For the Experiment in Congregational Education, a program to transform the synagogue culture of learning.
  $120,000

(1997 & 1998 payments)

International Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities
New York, NY
To enable photographer Frederic Brenner to complete his work, "Chronicle of a People," in Israel, Europe, and South America, and for a CD-ROM, web site, teachers' guides, and educational curricula.
$240,000

over 3 years

 

Washington Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values
Rockville, MD
To support the Jewish Civics Initiative and the institute's efforts to expand its work beyond the high school level.
$90,000

over 3 years

Overseas

American Jewish World Service
New York, NY
To support the efforts of the Jewish Community Development Fund to advance Jewish religious, cultural, educational, and community life in Russia and Ukraine.
$250,000

over 2 years

American Jewish World Service
New York, NY
For a public awareness campaign to educate American Jews on Jewish community life in the former Soviet Union.
$45,000
Jewish Theological Seminary of America
New York, NY
For continued support of the Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities.
$110,000

over 2 years

World Union for Progressive Judaism
New York, NY
For the Liberal Beit Midrash for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.
$35,000

(1997 payment)

 

Social Justice

Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal
Philadelphia, PA
For a 25th Yahrzeit commemoration of the death of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in synagogues across the country.
$5,000
American Jewish World Service
New York, NY
For the Jewish Volunteer Corps' summer program for college students in Honduras and Zimbabwe.
  $60,000
Americans for Peace Now
New York, NY
For vital educational programming in the United States on the Oslo peace process for the Middle East.
 $50,000
Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
Washington, DC
For the training programs of the national Public Service Student Leadership Corps.
 $85,000

(1997 payment)

Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
Washington, DC
To enable Hillel to evaluate the work of the National Jewish Student Service Campaign and plan for the creation of a project to involve Jewish students across North America in public service.
 $25,000
Israel Policy Forum
New York, NY
To support the work of the newly merged Israel Policy Forum and Project Nishma in educating the American public about the importance of supporting the Oslo peace process for the Middle East.
 $40,000
Jewish Community Action
Minneapolis, MN
For continued support for this Jewish community organizing group in the Twin Cities area, building working partnerships with the religious community in support of social justice.
 $80,000

over 3 years

Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston
Boston , MA
For the Tikkun Ha'ir Synagogue Partnership, to create sustainable partnerships between synagogues and urban community-based organizations and churches while training congregational lay people and staff to make social justice more central to synagogue life.
 $85,000

over 2 years

Jewish Council for Public Affairs
New York, NY
For a study of American Jewish leadership's attitudes on Jewish issues and public affairs.
 $5,000
Jewish Fund for Justice
New York, NY
To support the programs of this organization which fosters the Jewish commitment to tzedakah (good works) and tikkun olam (repair of the world).
 $75,000
Jewish Service Corps
New York, NY
For the planning of Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps, a program combining social activism with Jewish learning.
 $9,693
Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger
Los Angeles, CA
For a cooperative food appeal program of the Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist movements.
 $2,500
Shefa Fund
Philadelphia, PA
For Tzedec, a program to stimulate American Jewish institutions to invest in low-income community and economic development projects.
$55,000
Uniterra Foundation
Weston, MA
A planning grant for the Jewish Organizing Initiative to train and place young Jewish organizers in grassroots community and labor organizations.
 $20,000

 

Spirituality

Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal
Philadelphia, PA
For Meditation Project 2000, a major initiative of Elat Chayyim to integrate meditation into contemporary Jewish life, including training rabbis in the skills of teaching meditation.
$65,000

($25,000 from interprogram)

Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal
Philadelphia, PA
For the Institute for Contemporary Midrash's summer training programs promoting the use of bibliodrama in the Jewish community.
$25,000
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
Barre, MA
For the second annual rabbis' meditation retreat.
 $4,500
Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
For a conference on Judaism and healing, bringing together professionals and lay people interested in exploring healing in a Judaic context.
 $5,000
Chochmat Halev
Berkeley, CA
To develop a training program and standards for teachers of Jewish meditation.
 $31,000
CLAL-National Center for Learning and Leadership
New York, NY
For the development of a curriculum on Jewish approaches to suffering, loss, and healing.
 $35,000

(1997 payment)

Congregation Ansche Chesed
New York, NY
To enable this congregation to bring in Peter Pitzele as an artist in residence to run a Bibliodrama Training Institute.
 $10,000
Council for Initiatives in Jewish Education
New York, NY
For a conference of leaders of rabbinic education programs from around the world.
 $40,000
Council for Initiatives in Jewish Education
New York, NY
To support a project that will encourage leaders of synagogue change programs to share their experiences.
 $45,000
Drisha Institute for Jewish Education
New York, NY
For a leadership development meeting of female high school students who studied at Drisha.
 $5,000
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services
New York, NY
To establish the National Center for Jewish Healing and support the work of the New York Jewish Healing Center in addressing the spiritual, emotional, psychological, and social challenges of Jews dealing with suffering and loss. ($60,000 of the 1997 payment went through the Foundation for the Jewish Community.)
 $150,000

(1997 payment)

Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services
New York, NY
For the work of the New York Jewish Healing Center.
 $110,000
Jewish Outreach Institute
New York, NY
For a national network of outreach programs to the intermarried and unaffiliated.
$200,000
Jewish Outreach Institute
New York, NY
To develop online outreach programs linking intermarried and unaffiliated Jews with the Jewish community.
 $50,000
Los Angeles Hillel Council
Los Angeles, CA
For the Jewish Spirituality Institute to develop retreats for rabbis and other Jewish leaders.
 $45,000
People for the Renaissance of Torah
New York, NY
To the Women's Tefillah Network to support the First International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy.
 $11,300
University of Judaism
Los Angeles, CA
For maintenance of the Synagogue 2000 Internet and Video Project.
 $50,000

Out of Program

National Foundation for Jewish Culture
New York, NY
For a meeting of artists, rabbis, and community leaders on the value of artists' residencies in synagogues.
$5,000