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Grant Program Announced for Interfaith Families

October 28, 2021
By: Re'gine Smith

The Sherry and Alan Leventhal Family Foundation Center for Interfaith Familiesis proud to announce the Leventhal Center Community Grant Program. Along with their in-house initiatives, they will begin awarding grants to organizations in the Greater New Orleans area with the intent of creating programming designed solely for interfaith households.

The Leventhal Center Community Grant Program is meant to shed light on and support the pursuit of new experiences that assist interfaith individuals, couples, families, and children assemble with each other and their community. Worth up to $2,000, the grants will open doors for synagogues and other Jewish, as well as non-Jewish, organizations to make an even more significant impact on the work for the Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families.

A study from the Pew Research Center in 2020 indicated that over 60% of marriages in the Jewish community since 2010 have been interfaith. Diversity in the Jewish community is increasing on a yearly basis.

"With ongoing thanks to Sherry and Alan Leventhal for their generosity, we are delighted to announce the Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families micro-grants," Leventhal Center Co-Chairs Teri Hunter and Alex Gershanik said in a joint statement with Arnie Fielkow, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. "These grants of up to $2,000 per year will offer opportunities for synagogues and other organizations to further the impact and reach of the work of the Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families. For those who already are creating intentional space for programming and connection for interfaith couples, individuals, families, and children, we hope that these grants will be an inspiration to continue to do so in ever deepening and impactful ways. For those who are not yet providing such experiences, we hope that these grants will be a catalyst to do so. We are excited to offer these grants as a means to identify and invest in new experiences that help interfaith families connect to each other and to their community."

According to the Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families Community Grant's application website, recipients must meet these expectations:

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·Submit a brief narrative including evaluative details and at least three take-aways after the project has been completed in order to receive the second half of the grant monies allocated.

·Track spending of grant in relation to budget of project/program.

·Encourage program participants to learn more about The Leventhal Center at funded events.

·Include The Leventhal Center as a contributor for the funded program (include Leventhal Center logo/branding on all promotions and materials).

·Understand that the method of funds distribution will be determined by The Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families on a case-by-case basis in the manner best suited for each applicant.

Click here to submit your Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families Community Grant application.

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