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This group represents a small sample of the hundreds of women who attended and kneaded challah dough at the Shabbat Project’s Shabbos Shuk and Great AZ Challah Bake at the Valley of the Sun JCC on Oct. 26, 2017.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix has announced $1.7 million in allocations for 2019. The funds, from Federation donors and sponsors, will be used to help strengthen Jewish life and help Jews in need locally, in Israel and around the world.

This year, Federation worked to open the grant process to more community organizations, said Barry Markson, chair of the Planning & Allocations Committee (PAC). “We sought new or innovative programs that were burgeoning and prepared to grow. In addition to providing grants to our strategic partners, day schools and Israel partners, we looked for programs where our funding would provide the help these organizations needed to grow their ideas and programs serving our community.”

The Federation expanded its scope to other community organizations that weren’t funded in the past “in an effort to reach more people and engage with even more of the community,” Markson said. “We were excited to see the new programs that applied and we are excited to be a part of some of the most innovative programs that benefit our community.”

These programs were awarded a total of $32,000:

Greater Phoenix Jewish Community Archives Project: ($1,000) The Arizona Jewish Historical Society will use the funds to preserve and store archival information pertaining to local Jewish history. This includes underwriting the cost of supplies as well as transcription services for new oral histories.

Founder 3: ($15,000) The Minkoff Center for Jewish Genetics program will test individuals for the BRCA gene mutation/abnormality as well as raise awareness and provide genetic counseling.

Better Together: ($5,000) This program is a collaboration between Pardes Jewish Day School and the Bureau of Jewish Education. It provides monthly interactions between Pardes eighth-graders and senior citizens.

Shabbos Project Arizona: ($1,000) This program includes the Great AZ Challa Bake, the Men’s Shabbat Project event and Shabbatons.

The Women’s Leadership Institute: ($10,000) This project of The Women’s Learning Center provides leadership training and matches participants with mentors who are leaders in the local Jewish community.

Allocations were awarded in Federation’s four core impact areas: Enriching Senior Lives, Engaging the Next Generation, Supporting Israel and Jewish Communities Worldwide and Building Community.

These core impact allocations totaled $606,843, which includes the new Building Community recipients listed above.

Enriching Senior Lives:  Senior services received $141,583 for the Federation Senior Rides Program ($77,000), continued funding of the JFCS Federation senior concierge position ($36,083), Smile on Seniors programs ($13,000 in Phoenix and $5,000 in the West Valley), religious services at Kivel Campus of Care ($4,500) and the Bureau of Jewish Education Wise Aging program ($6,000).

Engaging the Next Generation:   Programs to engage the next generation received $94,500, for programs by the Friendship Circle – Young Adult Circle ($4,500), Hillel at ASU and Jewish Arizonans on Campus for Israel Advocacy on Campus ($40,000), J Teen Connect AZ ($10,000), Moishe House Phoenix ($10,000) and Federation’s NowGen program ($30,000).

Supporting Israel and Jewish Communities Worldwide: To fulfill the Federation’s mission of caring for Jews in need in Israel and around the world, $338,760 was awarded to the Jewish Agency for Israel ($113,500) and its Youth Futures program ($50,000), the American Jewish Joint Distribution Community ($163,500) and the Ethiopian National Project SPACE program, which provides Ethiopian-Israeli youth with intensive after-school scholastic assistance to improve their academic performance.($11,760).

Additionally, $979,520 in allocations were made to Federation’s Strategic Partners. These agencies are the Bureau of Jewish Education ($50,000), the East Valley JCC ($74,340), Gesher Disability Resources ($30,330), Hillel at ASU ($75,600), Jewish Family & Children’s Service ($237,600), Valley Beit Midrash ($20,700) and the Valley of the Sun JCC ($490,950).

These agencies are supported as partners for their longevity and impact in the community, as well as their breadth of programming, according to a press release.

Jewish Day School partners received a total of $103,675, each receiving $145 per student enrolled. The schools are Desert Jewish Academy ($4,205), Pardes Jewish Day School ($40,600), Phoenix Hebrew Academy ($16,095), Shearim Torah High School for Girls ($5,655), Torah Day School of Phoenix ($33,060) and Yeshiva High School of Arizona ($4,060)

In addition, $10,000 was allocated to the community sponsorship fund, which “allows Federation to donate and become sponsors of local Jewish events that did not request funding but add diversity and richness to our Jewish community,” Markson said.  

Federation allocations are reviewed and recommended by the Planning & Allocations Committee and approved by the Federation board of directors.

“We take our job as stewards of our donors’ gifts very seriously, said Markson, “and we are proud to fund and partner with so many wonderful organizations each year.” JN

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