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 countryâ€™s independent young adult minyans grew up in the Conservative movement, Pressman explains that the project seeks both to bring that â€œenergy and enthusiasmâ€ back into the movement, and provide these young Jews with the infrastructure and leadership they might want as their communities grow. â€œThese are our success stories,â€ she says. â€œWe want to make sure they feel comfortable within the movement, and we think there are things in our congregations that can benefit them.â€ The call for proposals went online last week at Projectreconnect.org; the application deadline is Aug. 1.
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