1. Community-Wide Shabbat Celebration at UM Hillel
    Michigan Hillel -- Awarded $5,000

    Michigan Hillel looks forward to hosting our first “Community-Wide Shabbat Celebration” on Friday, May 5, 2017, a special event to bring together up to 400 members of the Jewish community of Ann Arbor. This event is designed to share the spirit of our weekly pluralistic, welcoming Hillel Shabbat experience for students, with our home community. One of our main goals is to bring our partner organizations together to celebrate our pluralism, diversity and unity in one space and to experience Shabbat as one communal family. We imagine this may be the first time many community members and their children will enter the Hillel building, attend services with us, or enjoy our Hillel Café’s gourmet kosher cooking. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to host such a special event in our “home” for you – our community friends and family.​

  2. Growing Brains: Helping Parents Help Their Children Develop a Growth Mindset
    Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor & Jewish Community Center of Ann Arbor -- Awarded $6,000
    Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor and the Early Childhood Center at the Jewish Community Center are excited to offer an afternoon workshop about growth mindset for both parents and children.  Growth mindset theory supports the idea that with effort, feedback, and resilience, anyone can develop academic and social intelligence.  Ann Arbor parents are invited to attend a workshop on the basics of growth mindset and how to help their child develop it, engaging topics such as managing mistakes and persevering to achieve goals.  Meanwhile, children can attend sessions that activate and support growth mindset through games and interactive activities. ​

  3. Israel Center @ the J
    Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor -- Awarded $7,000

    The Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor will coordinate a community wide collaborative effort to engage deeply and thoughtfully about our many faceted relationships with Israel. Community agencies will work collaboratively to create a structured, facilitated conversation about Israel open to the entire community. Individuals will be able to access and attend a variety of Israel related programs. Visitors to the Ann Arbor JCC will hear Israeli music, see printed information, and enjoy Israeli culture as the building ambiance reflects a deeper connection to Israel. The Israel Center @ the J seeks to increase community members’ connection to and familiarity with Israel as an evolving nation. Ultimately, the creation of an Israel Center @ the J has the potential to provide long term, meaningful engagement with Israel and strengthen community members’ Jewish identities.

  4. Jewish Diversity
    Eastern Michigan University Center for Jewish Studies -- Awarded $7,500

    The Eastern Michigan University Center for Jewish Studies is asking for assistance from a Jewish Federation of Ann Arbor Impact Grant Fund to help us create programming that highlights “Jewish Diversity.” We will provide a lecture/performance series, hoping to foster a conversation that will include the Jewish and non-Jewish African-American, Asian-American, Latino-Latina, Middle Eastern, and mixed-race communities of Southeast Michigan.

  5. Jewish Liaison Manager for Welcome Wagon
    Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County -- Awarded $10,000

    "If you are not a better person tomorrow than you are today, what need have you for a tomorrow?" – Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
    We need to mobilize the Jewish community to provide opportunities for spiritual and emotional enlightenment. A dedicated Jewish Liaison Manager will enhance the capacity of JFS to provide resettlement services to vulnerable refugee clients. This position will help to increase capacity, outreach efforts, and collaborations within the Jewish community and volunteers. The JLM will coordinate and engage with Jewish agencies and volunteers for ongoing support of incoming refugee families.

  6. LGBTQ and Jewish: A Photovoice Project
    Abigail Lawrence-Jacobson -- Awarded $3,875

    While the Jewish community has made strides in welcoming its LGBTQ members, there is room for continued investigation into the ways to include, acknowledge, and celebrate LGBTQ Jews in all facets of Jewish life. I propose to conduct a “Photovoice” project with a group of Jewish and LGBTQ community members, culminating in a public photo exhibit and panel discussion on the experiences of individuals who are both Jewish and gay. (“Photovoice” is a participatory research method involving photography, discussion, and action.) Identifying how sexual orientation and religious identity complement one another can inform community-wide reflection in order to best serve all.​