Last spring, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia partnered with Jewish Learning Venture (JLV) on a new initiative to encourage long-term collaborative programs between two or more synagogues and/or other Jewish institutions.
The Kehillah Collaboration Ignition Grants were designed to seed projects that either met an unmet need or served an underserved population or aligned current services and programs offered by multiple institutions to achieve greater efficiency.
Each proposal under consideration was required to demonstrate the commitment of the partnering agencies to continue their projects through measurable goals and funding sources for an additional two years beyond the Ignition grant. “This opportunity apparently struck a chord in our community as demonstrated by the more than 20 Ignition Grant proposals that were submitted,” said JLV’s executive director, Rabbi Phil Warmflash.
After an exhaustive review process by a task force comprised of volunteer and professional leaders from both Jewish Federation and Jewish Learning Venture, three projects were selected for their innovative approaches to collaboration and potential for long-term impact.
The winners are:
Conservative Schools Initiative (CSI)-Special Unit
Collaborating Partners: Congregation Beth El, Congregation Brothers of Israel, Ohev Shalom of Bucks County and Congregation Tifereth Israel. This program aims to pool the educational resources of the individual schools to create a larger Jewish social network for middle school students and reach across synagogue boundaries to create a sense of greater Jewish community.
Center City-Wide Youth Advisor
Collaborating Partners: Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Historic Congregation Kesher Israel, Society Hill Synagogue and Mikveh Israel. This initiative will bring together the collaborating congregations in the Center City Kehillah to develop a youth culture in Center City as well as within the individual synagogues.
Collaborative: Main Line
Collaborating Partners: Tribe 12 (The Collaborative), Har Zion Temple, Main Line Reform Temple and Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El. The Collaborative: Main Line is an extension of the Collaborative, committed to engaging 20s and 30s in Jewish community today, so they will choose to be part of the Jewish community in the future, in full partnership with synagogues that make up the backbone of Jewish life in the Main Line corridor.
For more information about these current grantees or to learn how to advance your own collaborative efforts, call Elana Rivel, associate director, Jewish Learning Venture at 215-320-0388 or visit: www.jewishlearningventure.org .