Six JTS Alumni Awarded Seeds of Innovation Grants

JTS_SeedsOfInnovation_App2015_r1-1The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) has awarded the latest round of Seeds of Innovation Project grants, which provide funding for groundbreaking new initiatives developed by JTS alumni.

Up to $20,000 per project in multiyear grants have been awarded to the following JTS alumni:

Rabbi Justin David (RS ’99)
Come and Eat: A Jewish Food Justice Initiative
Northampton, Massachusetts

Rabbi Megan Goldman (RS ’14, GS ’14)
Building progressive traditional and egalitarian Jewish communities on college campuses
New York City

Rabbi Jill Jacobs (RS ’03, GS ’03)
The T’ruah Liturgy Project (Connecting prayer with social justice)
New York City

Rabbi Avi Olitzky (LC ’03, RS ’08, GS ’08)
Leveraging Family Camp (Lowering the cost barrier for engaging young families)
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota

Rabbi Brent Spodek (RS ’07, GS ’07)
Masa Initiative (Reimagining congregational education for youth and adults)
Beacon, New York

Ms. Annie Glickman (DS ’97)
Priya: A New Fund for Jewish Reproduction
Overland Park, Kansas

Recipients are determined by a selection committee, which includes JTS alumni, chaired by the executive vice chancellor. Eligible programs may be synagogue-based, organization-based, or independent; must be intended to have a significant impact on the Jewish community; and have clear-cut leadership and goals. Over $100,000 has been awarded in grants since the program’s inception in 2014.

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