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Conservatives offer grants for new minyans

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The Conservative movement is offering seed money for new young adult minyans.

The project will give grants of up to $2,500 to Jews in their 20s and early 30s who agree to create minyans in partnership with a Conservative congregation. If no suitable synagogue exists, they must be willing to work with a United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism regional office, says Elizabeth Pressman, chairwoman of the committee that came up with the project.

Recognizing that many of the leaders of the country’s independent young adult minyans grew up in the Conservative movement, Pressman explains that the project seeks both to bring that “energy and enthusiasm” back into the movement, and provide these young Jews with the infrastructure and leadership they might want as their communities grow.

“These are our success stories,” she says. “We want to make sure they feel comfortable within the movement, and we think there are things in our congregations that can benefit them.”

The call for proposals went online last week at Projectreconnect.org; the application deadline is Aug. 1.

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