YATOM Family

Shari and Gary Horowitz, pictured here with their daughter, Alexa, recently completed the YATOM Family Fellowship and are moving forward with adoption.

Six organizations that help the local Jewish community and Israel are benefiting from grants totaling $14,290.

The grants were awarded by Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s NowGen Giving Circle.

Nineteen young adults who want to give in a meaningful way form the NowGen Giving Circle. The members contribute a minimum of $500. Federation provides support and guidance. 

“The quality of applicants was incredible this year and in a perfect world, we would be able to fund all of the organizations who submitted requests,” said Sam Levine, incoming chair of the Circle, in a press release. 

Among the organizations receiving grants was YATOM, which supports Jewish communities across the nation in fostering and adopting children. YATOM’s grant was for $2,500.

“This funding will ensure we can accept more fellows into our new family fellowship program and address the needs of vulnerable children who are desperately seeking a safe home and loving family,” said Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, founder and president


NowGen also awarded a $2,047 grant to a joint application by Gesher Disability Resources and Limmud AZ to provide education to young adults with disabilities.

“The fact that NowGen is supporting our programming through one of their grants is very meaningful,” said Amy DL Hummell, executive director of Gesher. 

Jewish Free Loan’s IVF fund to help young couples who wish to conceive received a grant of $2,047 from

the Circle.

There were three other grants awarded.

G-RAD (Girls-Read and Do), which encourages elementary school girls to read and do social justice activities with their parents, received a $1,234 grant. 

Ethiopian National Project’s SPACE scholastic assistance program, which helps Ethiopian-Israeli youth provide for themselves and their families, received a grant of $2,532. 

Machshava Tova’s App2u training program, which helps underprivileged women develop personal and technical skills and places them in gainful employment, received a $2,500 grant.

Finally, the Circle donated 10 percent, or $1,429, to Federation’s annual campaign to help Jews in need. 

“It was also inspiring to see the new members who joined the Circle this year and we’re excited to see what 2019 will bring,” Levine said. JN