Jewish World

Streams Funding in Israel and in Ukraine

Background

In 2014 JUF provided $300,000 for pluralistic programs in Israel and $124,950 for pluralistic programs in Ukraine.

In 1998, the Jewish United Fund participated in the national Unity Campaign raising funds in support of pluralistic religious streams in Israel. When United Jewish Communities (now Jewish Federations of North America) was developed and an overseas allocations process implemented that permitted local communities to designate part of their overseas allocations, this community decided to use funds in support of programs conducted by Progressive, Masorti, Modern Orthodox streams and Transdenominational programs in Israel. The program has had positive results locally, nationally and in Israel. By targeting some of its overseas funds without detracting from the support of the major beneficiaries, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Chicago set itself up as an example for other communities to follow.

In addition to JUF’s direct allocation to the streams, additional JUF funds are indirectly provided to the streams via the core allocation to our overseas partner, JAFI. JAFI’s 2013 allocation to the streams was $2,882,140 which is divided as follows: the Reform Movement $1,152,856 the Conservative Movement $1,152,856 and Modern Orthodox $576,428. 

In Kyiv

JUF’s Kyiv Kehillah Committee was established in 1999 and is now a subcommittee of JUF's Israel and Overseas commission. It supports projects in Kyiv which focus on formal and informal Jewish education. The Kyiv Kehillah Committee provided $124,950 in pluralistic and Jewish education support in 2014.

Overview of Program Grants

The following 18 streams programs in Israel received support from JUF in 2014.

In Israel

Progressive (Reform) Movement – Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism - $102,000

  • Youth Movement Fellowship
  • Advancing Jewish Pluralistic Education
  • Beit Midrash BaDerech 

Masorti (Conservative) Movement and Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies - $102,000

Masorti Movement Programs:

  • NOAM Youth Groups in the Periphery
  • Ramah/NOAM Camp

Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies Programs:

  • Lehava-ongoing training and support for Masorti rabbis
  • Neve Schechter Holiday Events
  • Rabbinical student internships in Masorti congregations
  • TALI Shabbat retreats

Modern Orthodox and Transdenominational - $96,000

  • Yaacov Herzog Center - Tzahali:Pre-Army Prep Course for Religious Women
  • Yaccov Herzog Center-Taking the Lead for Tikkun Olam 
  • Ohr Torah Stone – Yachad: Jewish Cultural Facilitator 
  • Training Beit-Din judges-Eretz Hemdah
  • Jewish Wedding Initiative-Tzohar
  • Ein Prat-Elul Program
  • MEITARIM - Meitarim Schools
  • Outreach to schools-Alma Home for Hebrew Culture
  • Jerusalem OpenYeshiva

In Kyiv, Ukraine

In 2014, JUF’s Kyiv Kehillah Committee allocated $124,950 for pluralistic and Jewish education programs in Kyiv.

World Union for Progressive Judaism (Reform)

  • Progressive Jewish Seminars and Summer Camps

 Midreshet Yerushalayim (Conservative)

  • Masorti (Conservative) Programming
  • Masorti Jewish Summer Camps

    Jewish Agency for Israel

  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program
  • Tzror-Jewish education for 5-11 year olds 

  World ORT

  • Jewish teacher stipends at the ORT Technolgy Lyceum in Kiev