Jewish Community Foundation grants more than $360K to aid programs in Tucson, Israel

Therapist Zehava Baruch counsels Ethiopian immigrants Fanta (left) and Weinishe at the welfare department in Kiryat Malachi, Israel. A 2015 grant from the Jewish Community Foundation and Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona to the Kiryat Malachi welfare department will focus on preventing Ethiopian family violence. (AJP file photo)

The Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona recently awarded 24 grants totaling $369,817 through its community grants program. These grants are made in three impact areas: Tucson Jewish community, Israel and global Jewry, and Tucson general community.

The local Jewish and Israel grants are administered in alignment with the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, which provides substantial funding support and community planning guidance.

“This year’s grant process engaged experienced community partners who represent a broad cross section of our local Jewish community,” said Goggy Davidowitz, chair of JCF’s grants committee. “This enabled us to identify critical programs here and abroad, thus increasing the impact of our grants.”

The following organizations received grants through the community grants program this year. For more detailed information about each grant, go to jcftucson.org/grant-distributions.

Tucson Jewish community: $199,375

Funding priorities in this category are increasing Jewish engagement and basic human services.

Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, for a Jewish outreach and community building position

Jewish Family & Children’s Services, for Project STAR, which brings rabbis and therapists together in the synagogue to better respond to the behavioral health needs of the Jewish community; a quality management program; and for marketing and educational opportunities connected with “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona,” a book honoring the lives and testimonies of Holocaust survivors in our community

Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, to continue the community concierge service and for the director of planning and community relationships

Jewish History Museum, for a program coordinator

Synagogues in Tucson, for a shared transportation grant to serve seniors and adults with disabilities

Tucson Hebrew Academy, for the school counselor program

Tucson Jewish Community Center, for the Butterfly Project, a Holocaust education initiative, in conjunction with the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation and the Jewish Community Relations Council; and to send approximately 10 staff members to Israel for a professional development seminar

University of Arizona Hillel Foundation, to increase engagement and fund staff and student training throughout the year

Israel and Global Jewry: $125,700

Funding priorities in this category are two-fold: 1) youth and/or seniors at risk in Kiryat Malachi and Hof Ashkelon, including citizens in the region suffering from the trauma of war, and 2) specialized programs across Israel that promote an integrated society with equal opportunities.

Eden Association for the Promotion of Educational, Social and Cultural Projects in the Northern Negev

Israel Religious Action Center for gender equality

Nishmat — The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women

Nochah: Giving as a Way of Life

Society for Advancement of Education, Jeru­salem

Welfare Department of Kiryat Malachi via JFSA

Tucson general community: $44,742

Funding priorities include 1) promoting success through education and training, and 2) supporting community relations by promoting tolerance and positive community engagement.

• Echoing Hope Ranch

• Interfaith Community Services

• Planned Parenthood Arizona

• Scholarships A-Z

• Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation

• Youth On Their Own

Founded in 1975, JCF is an independent organization that is an affiliated agency of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.