2015 Fedovation Grant Finalists

Memphis Jewish Federation awarded $100,000 in grant awards to eight projects demonstrating creativity and innovation to benefit the greater Memphis Jewish community. The announcement was made following an exhaustive evaluation process which grew from the 2014 community-wide Needs Assessment Study. 

 

28 letters of intent were submitted from the initial request for proposals distributed in April 2015.  Letters were evaluated by the Fedovation Grants Committee and 12 proposals were selected to submit full applications.  The committee selected eight finalists. 

Taste of Jewish Memphis/Memphis Recruitment Committee

$20,000

Memphis Jewish Recruitment Committee (MJRC) is a grassroots committee formed in June 2014 for the sole purpose of recruiting new Jewish families to Memphis and assisting them with relocation. MJRC is expanding its initiative in collaboration with the Memphis Jewish Federation’s Choose Jewish Memphis campaign to organize a community-wide recruitment weekend to attract new families from throughout the United States.

ConnecTI/Temple Israel

$19,000

ConnecTI provides a fulfilling Jewish experience for Memphians in their 20s and 30s with balanced focus of social, communal, spiritual, recreational, and hospitable resources. We exist to connect to one another, as hundreds of Jewish young adults and professionals live and work in Memphis today.

Alzheimer’s Day Program for Jews/Alzheimer’s Day Services

$15,308

ADS provides a safe and stimulating therapeutic activities program for individuals with Dementia. Yad L’Yad is a specific program to provide faith based activities, desired observance, and support to care for and engage the Jewish population dealing with Dementia.

Midtown Jewish Engagement/New Jewish Neighborhood House

$15,000

The New Jewish Neighborhood House hopes to build on eighteen years of success in connecting eclectic Jews to their Jewish identity through ad hoc events in Midtown/Downtown, an area devoid of Jewish institutions.

Middle School Jewish Service Corps/Bornblum School

$6,900

The Jewish Service Corps is a program of Bornblum Jewish Community School that reaches out to Jewish seventh and eighth graders in the Memphis area to perform community service. The program culminates with an 8 day service journey through the Midwest and Chicago where students will provide community service to distressed Jewish communities.

Women’s Programming Committee/ASBEE, Baron Hirsch, Chabad & Young Israel

$6,800

The Women's Programming Committee is a collaboration of ASBEE, Baron Hirsch, Chabad, and Young Israel which seeks to engage and inspire girls and women of our community through regular opportunities to gather and grow together in an atmosphere of religious learning and spiritual growth.

The Exodus Project/Jewish Historical Society

$6,000

The exciting story of Jews from the FSU coming to Memphis to create new lives is a story that needs to be told—a modern day Exodus story!  Volunteers for The Exodus Project will interview Memphis Jews from the FSU and those who helped in the Russian Resettlement—the people who made a difference!  

Plough Towers Shabbat Services & Oneg

$3,082

This proposed project is to initiate a monthly Shabbat service at Plough Towers for the Jewish residents and to reach out to the Memphis Jewish community. The services will be regularly scheduled at 2:30 PM once a month on Friday afternoon.