The New York City-based Natan Fund has announced grants totaling $973,500 to forty-eight nonprofits and individuals working to transform Jewish life in the twenty-first century.
Natan provides early stage grants to organizations working to create new access points to Jewish life, strengthen the bonds that connect Jews to one another, build the capacity of Jewish communities and institutions to become more inclusive of traditionally marginalized populations, and strengthen Israel’s economy. Recipients in this round of grants include A Wider Bridge, which works to create collaboration between American Jewish and Israeli LGBT communities; Jewgether, an online hospitality network; Asian Jewish Life, which works to preserve Asian Jewish heritage and build bridges between local Asian communities, Asian Jews, and Israel; Jewrnalism, which works to create a cadre of young Jewish “citizen journalists” from Central and Eastern Europe; Panim, a new network of grassroots kehillot (communities) that are creating a pluralist and authentically Israeli renewal of Jewish life in Israel; and Urban Adamah, a community organic farm and Jewish environmental education center.
“In our ninth annual round of grants, Natan’s grantmaking has grown both broader and deeper,” said the fund’s board chair, David Steinhardt. “Natan continually takes risks on new ideas, new people, and new initiatives, while at the same time remaining committed to current grantees that are demonstrating success.”