Women of Reform Judaism Awards $300K in Grants to Support Future of Jewish Life Worldwide

New York, NY – Through its philanthropic arm, the YES (Youth, Education, and Special Projects) Fund, Women of Reform Judaism has awarded over $300,000 in grants to 29 programs that will encourage the growth of individuals as Jewish trailblazers and the advancement of Reform and progressive institutions.  

These grants help create inclusive communities by supporting youth and family programs, encourage women to enter more leadership positions in and beyond the Jewish world, and encourage the fight for religious freedom and pluralism in Israel, among several other initiatives and pursuits.  

“Serving as a philanthropic arm of the Reform Movement, WRJ sees a responsibility to not only fund Jewish institutions, organizations, and programs that strengthen what the Jewish world looks like today, but also empower our future leaders to form a more progressive, diverse community for the future,” WRJ CEO Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch said.  

“With antisemitism at an all-time high and many uncertain how to best express their Jewish identity, promoting and encouraging Jewish values and community is more important than ever. In line with our legacy, WRJ will continue to support the programs of the YES Fund to ensure a bright Jewish future for all.”

Split among four categories: youth, education, special projects, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, the grants are distributed annually, with bi-annual status reports submitted by all grantees.  

New programs within this grant cycle include supporting ARZA Canada’s  new Israel curriculum that will be adapted for the current Middle East climate; a joint summit for Jewish education professionals held by the Association of Reform Jewish Educations and Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism; a race, gender, and Jewish history course from Jewish Women’s Archive; and a Jewish Plays Project community engagement program, among other initiatives.

“The (YES Fund) supports The LUNAR Collective’s long-term goal of cultivating connection and belonging for Asian American Jews. By giving us the support to host Shabbat dinners for our community, we are keeping Asian Jews in recurring community with one another. Additionally, we provide our community to celebrate Shabbat in a new light - with Asian Jewish ritual, fusion food, and community,” said Maryam Chishti, Co-Executive Director of The LUNAR Collective, an Asian American Jewish organization and YES Fund grantee.

A full allocation breakdown for the 2024-2025 YES Fund grants is available for download.  


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 for Reform Judaism, the central body of Reform Judaism in North America. For more information about WRJ, please visit www.wrj.org