New York Education Programs Receive $744,000 From Covenant Foundation


Six New York programs will receive a total of $744,000 this year from the Covenant Foundation. The grants are among $1.2 million in grants the foundation, which seeks to “support and advance excellence and impact in Jewish education,” approved last week.

The Jewish Education Project will receive $193,300 to create intergenerational and developmentally appropriate Jewish education programming for families with children ages 5 and younger.

The Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, will receive $140,000 for an immersive and experiential Jewish learning environment for Russian-speaking Jewish families.

Yeshiva University Museum, will receive $135,900 to develop and expand an initiative based on the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education and using critical inquiry as a channel of Jewish education.

NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation, will receive $120,000 to implement a pilot program of educational training and professional development for educators working with Birthright Israel alumni.

The Center for Jewish Family Life/Project YES in Monsey, will receive $120,000 to expand nationally the Bnos One on One Big Sister Program, which joins older and younger Jewish girls for mentoring opportunities.

Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, will receive $35,000 to create an educational guide and programming for an exhibition of a series of animated shorts exploring Jewish wisdom through the eyes of video artist Hanan Harchol — and to support a traveling exhibition of his work.

Among the 12 other projects receiving grants throughout North America:

-The Epstein School, a Conservative day school in Atlanta will receive $40,600 to continue and expand a digital platform combining learning, assessment and recognition of student achievements.

-Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco will receive $90,000 to develop a program for Jewish day school educators integrating digital technology into their curricula and classrooms.

-Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago will receive $20,000 to create curriculum and programming to help grandparents pass Jewish values and practice on to grandchildren in interfaith families.

-MoEd: A Jewish Afterschool Community in Chevy Chase, Md., will receive $20,000 for one year to develop curricula for a cross-denominational, afterschool program emphasizing Hebrew language and Jewish learning.

“We are going where risk and innovation intersect,” said Eli N. Evans, chairman of the board of directors of The Covenant Foundation. “These new grantees have ideas and approaches of great promise for success, effect and adaptation elsewhere. They are change makers in Jewish education.”

The grants are part of approximately $1.7 million the foundation plans to distribute this year. The foundation also honors three Jewish educators and five “emerging” educators, providing them with cash awards, each year.

For a full list of grants, go to:, @Julie_Wiener