JBIG (Jewish Baltimore Innovation Grants)

Check out the inspiring projects that The Associated supported last year through JBIG. These microgrants helped seed innovative and grassroots projects that inspired Jewish conversations and connections. 

These projects, range from a back-to-the-land, all-night Shavuot celebration to a Shabbaton themed around technology and Jewish identity. The grants were made available through the generosity of the Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund and the Nathan & Lillian Weinberg Family Foundation.

The 2017 JBIG application is now closed. If you would like additional information about JBIG, please contact Rebecca Weinstock at rweinstock@associated.org or 410-843-7566. 

The following projects received funding in 2017:

Baltimore Grants

Eshel Baltimore
Jewish holiday events for LGBTQ Orthodox individuals and their families.

First Thoughts
Bi-monthly discussion group for post-B'nai Mitzvah teens to discuss Jewish ethical issues and the relevance to their lives.

Light City Havdallah
Havdallah program for young professionals in conjunction with the Light City Festival downtown.

Medfield Tot Shabbat
Bi-weekly tot Shabbat program in Medfield with a target population of unaffiliated families.

Radically Traditional Talmud Study
Mixed level Talmud study for Jews from diverse backgrounds.

Science and Torah: Friends or Foes?
Speaker series about the relationship between science and religion.

The Baltimore Chesed League
Volunteer initiative for middle school aged boys in Pikesville; structured as a league with teams competing on "Chesed Missions.”


Ashkelon and Odessa Grants

Aliyot ze lihiyot: Ashkelon
Programs facilitated by volunteers in Ashkelon to help integrate new immigrants with the local Ashkelon community.

FriendBook: Odessa
Literacy program targeting at-risk Jewish children and orphans.

History in Faces: Odessa
Intergenerational program to create photo books documenting the stories of elderly Jews living in Odessa.

Shalosh Regalim Cuisine: Odessa
Cooking classes around the Jewish holidays of Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot using recipes from Baltimore, Ashkelon and Odessa.

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