WRJ Outreach Grants

Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) will provide outreach grant funds of up to $1000 to WRJ sisterhoods/women’s groups to fund programs within their communities that reach out to interfaith families, unaffiliated Jews and non-Jews who are seeking information about Jewish life. These grants, made possible by a grant from the National Center to Encourage Judaism (NCEJ) are designed to encourage and enhance learning about Judaism and to engage participants in Jewish life.

The emphasis will be on programs that can be replicated. 

Who may apply and what is the process?

Beginning immediately, and until all funds have been distributed, completed applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis by the WRJ Outreach Grants Committee during the next year (April 2017 – June 2018) from sisterhoods/women’s groups in good standing with WRJ and their districts.

Any sisterhood/women’s group that receives funding will be required to submit an evaluation form to the WRJ office upon completion of the program. Programs are to be completed by June 1, 2018. Evaluation forms must be submitted to WRJ and received by June 15, 2018.

How might grant funds be used?

  • Advertising and publicity
  • A location convenient to the target population
  • Materials providing information and resources
  • Speakers, refreshments, audio-visual presentations ... Brainstorm with your women!

What are some suggestions for programs or projects?
These grants are for outreach, creating awareness of Jewish life and customs, and education for women. Use your creativity!

  • Inviting interfaith or non-Jewish families in your community to a program based on a Jewish holiday that would expose them to the richness of Jewish life.
  • Hosting Shabbat dinners for interfaith families within and outside of your congregation to engage them in our beautiful Shabbat rituals.
  • Following up with your congregation’s “Taste of Judaism” or other outreach programs to encourage women to explore and engage more deeply in Jewish life
  • Developing a specific group for non-Jewish women for your Chai Mitzvah program.
  • Connecting with interfaith families participating in your local PJ Library programs to augment the experience for non-Jewish mothers and grandparents to understand the books that they share with their Jewish children
  • Inviting other local or regional community members to outreach programs or events

Click here to apply!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact WRJ Program & Communications Associate Micaela Sheinhait at msheinhait@wrj.org or 212-650-4060.