22 projects will receive matching funds from the Breaking Barriers matching grant initiative in honor of 2016 Genesis Prize laureate Itzhak Perlman.
As JFN's Program Manager for Matching Grants, I'm proud to announce the recipients of funding under the Breaking Barriers matching grant initiative in honor of 2016 Genesis Prize Laureate and legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman.
The initiative, which promotes inclusion of people with disabilities in North American Jewish life, identified 22 projects to receive matching funds. Between the matched gifts and the matching funds, that totals $3.17 million of new funds being dedicated to this area.
The projects due to receive funding are:
- Association of Jewish Family & Children's Agencies (AJFCA): Baltimore, MD
- Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies: Waltham, MA
- Congregation B'nai Amoona: St. Louis, MO
- Congregation Shaar Hashomayim: Westmount, QC, Canada
- DANI (DEVELOPING AND NURTURING INDEPENDENCE): Thornhill, ON, Canada
- Etta Israel Center: North Hollywood, CA
- Hillel International: Washington, DC
- JBI International: New York, NY
- JCC Manhattan: New York, NY
- Jewish Child & Family Services: Chicago, IL
- Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF): San Francisco, CA
- Jewish Family Service & Children's Center of Clifton/Passaic: Clifton, NJ
- Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey: Florham Park, NJ
- Jewish Family Service of Seattle: Seattle, WA
- Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles: Los Angeles, CA
- Jewish Learning Venture: Melrose Park, PA
- Judith Creed Homes for Adult Independence (JCHAI): Bryn Mawr, PA
- Kadima Jewish Support Services for Adults with Mental Illness: Southfield, MI
- MetroWest Jewish Day School: Framingham, MA
- National Ramah Commission: New York, NY
- RespectAbility: Rockville, MD
- The Marion & Aaron Gural JCC: Cedarhurst, NY
The goal of the Breaking Barriers Matching Grant is to mobilize the philanthropic community to increase the number of funders and grant dollars, supporting organizations and projects that foster a culture of acceptance within the Jewish community. The particular focus of the grant program is on enhancing opportunities for Jewish involvement available to people with disabilities in the North American Jewish community, as well as their families.
The matching grant’s review committee received 54 applications from 3 countries representing over 70 unique funders for this grant opportunity. The 22 winning recipients span the United States and Canada, and cover a spectrum of organizations including synagogues, JCCs, Federations, and umbrella organizations. For the full press release, click here.
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