Women of Reform Judaism Announces Third Grant Opportunity for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

New York, NY –  After two years of successfully funding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) is offering another round of grants this fall. These grants, funded through WRJ’s YES (Youth, Education, & Special Projects) Fund, are intended to uplift Jewish organizations committed to promoting DEI in creative ways within the Jewish community. If chosen, a grantee will typically receive between $5,000-$10,000 for a one-year period.

Last year, WRJ awarded one of its DEI grants to Avodah Jewish Service Corps for their groundbreaking new experience designed, built, and run by Jews of Color in New York City, known as JOC Bayit. This cohort includes young changemakers from diverse Jewish backgrounds who work on a range of justice issues with nonprofit organizations. This program gives them the opportunity to not only further their development as Jewish leaders but also as professionals in the field of social justice.

“Thanks to the support of WRJ and others, we are looking forward to creating stronger commitments to racial justice and further advancing the leadership and opportunities of Avodah’s young Jews of Color in the fields of social change,” said Avodah’s Manager of Racial Justice Initiatives, Nate Looney in a February 2022 WRJ blog post.

If you meet the requirements and wish to apply, please fill out the application and submit it by the close of business on Thursday, November 3, 2022. Visit our website to learn more about the application process and the YES Fund. If there are additional questions, please contact WRJ’s Director of Philanthropy, Shari Schulner, at sschulner@wrj.org


Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) is a network of Jewish women working together to empower women and communities worldwide through the bonds of sisterhood, spirituality, and social justice. WRJ, founded in 1913, is the women’s affiliate of the Union of Reform Judaism, the central body of Reform Judaism in North America. For more information about WRJ, please visit www.wrj.org

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