Cultural Grant Proposals Now Being Accepted

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The Tzofim Friendship Caravan entertains audiences with song and dance, flowing between English and Hebrew. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the Israeli Scouts in concert this August, funded by a Jewish Federation Israel Cultural Grant.

Interested in bringing a dose of Israeli arts and culture to the Greater Philadelphia region? Do you have an idea for a program that your organization could take the lead on and that would be open to the whole community?

Now’s your chance: The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is accepting proposals for 2018-2019 Israel Cultural Grants (Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2019).

The fund’s purpose is to provide grants for programs that strengthen Israel engagement via cultural programming. Funds can be used to bring in Israeli performers and artists and/or to create Israel-themed programs that include music, film, arts, dance, literature, lectures, theater, etc. Priority will be given to programs that are open to the community and that demonstrate artistic, educational and/or cultural value for the community. Jewish nonprofit organizations in the five-county Greater Philadelphia area can apply for a grant ranging from $500 to $5,000.


Recipients of Israel Cultural Grants have put on many of our most popular programs, including the Tzofim Friendship Caravan and the annual Yom Hazikaron Day program. The programs have provided a diverse and introspective look into Israeli culture, as noted through the “Making Israel Real” art exhibition at Temple Judaea Museum at Keneseth Israel, the “Shishi Israeli” Israeli-style Shabbat coordinated by Israeli American Council at various local synagogues and the “Mekonen Film Screening,” coordinated by JerusalemU for university students.

The deadline to submit a proposal is July 31st. Visit jewishphilly.org/programgrant for an application.

In addition to the Israel Cultural Grants, the Jewish Federation offers free and  low-cost Israel resources. Traveling exhibits created for Israel70 are still available for local institutions free of charge. Visit jewishphilly.org/israel70 to learn more about these exhibits and to learn more about other Israel70 resources.

Also, be sure to check out our shlicha’s webpage, which includes a growing list of Israel-themed workshops and programs.

Another great way to bring Israeli culture to your community is through our shlicha Bat El Trabelsi.  She is an emissary from Israel who serves as a resource to our community, available to individuals, educators and organizations. The shlicha is available to provide Israel-focused programs, workshops and talks, as well as brainstorming sessions on how to increase Israel and community engagement.

Her wide range of programs on Israel-related topics include “Israel as Seen in Movies and on TV,” “Human Rights in Israel,” “Dungeons & Dragons Adventure through Israel” and “Israel Pride: Stories of the LGBTQIA Community.”

For more information on Trabelsi and her programs, visit jewishphilly.org/shlicha.

Save the Date: International Food Conference

Hungry for Change:

American and Israeli Strategies on Food Security, Recovery and Justice

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018

2100 Arch St., Philadelphia

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and Hazon invite all members of our community for our international food conference, serving as an opportunity to learn about innovative food security initiatives in Philadelphia and Israel. Tracks will include “Urban Farming,” “Research on the Impact on Health and Healthcare” and “Keeping Kosher Beyond Dairy and Meat: Fair Treatment of Employees and the Earth,” and feature trailblazing American and Israeli speakers who are making vital impacts across the globe. The day will also include hands-on opportunities to make a personal impact and workshops for integrating sustainable practices into your daily life.

To learn more and to register, visit jewishphilly.org/hungryforchange.

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