Ignition Grants

NEW! Jewish Federation awards Ignition Grants for Fiscal Year 2017.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle offers Ignition Grant funds to Jewish organizations in Western Washington that are 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. The grants are for a maximum of $5,000 for new and innovative programs/projects, one-time projects or pilot programs. This year, the Federation awarded 16 Ignition Grants to 15 community organizations, totaling $60,250:

$5,000 Friendship Circle of Washington State- Pre Holiday Workshop
The Friendship Circle will offer four Pre-Holiday Workshops designed to enable children and families to experience and learn about the magic of the Jewish holidays. Each holiday program will be educational, experiential and therapeutic, and will involve a curriculum based on the upcoming Jewish holiday.

$5,000 to Holocaust Center for Humanity- Legacy Speakers Project
This project will train and prepare children, grandchildren, or other relatives of Holocaust survivors to tell their family Holocaust stories to both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences throughout the Northwest. Schools, synagogues and community groups will have the opportunity to hear inspiring stories and connect with the Holocaust and the Jewish experience on a personal level.

$5,000 to Jewish Family Service- Project DVORA: Mobile Advocacy for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Funding will be used to pilot mobile advocacy for survivors of domestic violence through Project DVORA. The program will provide three social workers with laptops and increased transportation funding so that they can travel in order to serve clients in need of services.

$5,000 to Kol HaNeshamah - Special Education Resources
This project will help fund a Special Education Resource Lab, a Special Education Learning Specialist, and a Special Education Learning Assistant. The project targets students with special needs who are not able to learn with their peers at the synagogue’s school.

$5,000 to Panim Hadashot- Embracing New Faces
Over the past year, Panim Hadashot has developed a musical ensemble called the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble. The program will bring their music and presentation to seniors, persons with special needs, and other marginalized Jews in our community.

$5,000 to Stroum Jewish Community Center- Artists4Israel
The SJCC plans to bring 30 pieces of art from the Artists4Israel photography gallery to display, as well as partner with local Seattle-based artists. The artists will offer workshops and facilitate the painting of a mural at the SJCC that will positively represent Israel.

$5,000 to Stroum Jewish Community Center-Israel Story Live: "Herzl 48"
ISRAEL STORY LIVE is an award-winning podcast hosted by Mishy Harman and was developed by group of Israeli millennials, who were inspired by Ira Glass’ “This American Life." The SJCC will be one of the first to host ISRAEL STORY LIVE, a show that weaves stories with an interactive multi-media experience. On Yom Ha’atzmaut, “Herzl 48” is about the 54 streets in Israel named after Theodor Herzl, and the residents living at the ubiquitous number 48 Herzl Street - as in 1948, the year the State of Israel was established.

$5,000 to Washington State Jewish Historical Society- Bringing Jewish History to Community
The WSJHS will acquire a portable, interactive digital display that will exhibit images, video, and sound. The organizations will curate the kiosk with content that is relevant to the event or place where it is being displayed. The kiosk will also provide access to the Washington Jewish Museum and will allow for on-site interaction with this new, robust, and growing community educational resource.

$3,400 to Hillel at the University of Washington- Re'jew'vination
The program will bring together 50 students to celebrate Shabbat away from technology. Rabbi Dana Benson (Hillel Assistant Director) and Rabbi Brian Mayer (Religion Outside-of-the Box) will lead the program.

$2,850 to Hebrew Free Loan Association- Marketing and Outreach
Funding will be used to create a marketing plan for the organization, including market segmentation and database cleaning.

$2,500 to Camp Gan Israel Seattle- CGIS School Break Winter Fun Camp
Camp Gan Israel Seattle will launch a Jewish–themed winter camp for children ages 5-12.

$2,500 to Camp Solomon Schechter- Jewish Educator Day of Learning
The Jewish Educator Day of Learning will be a partnership between Camp Solomon Schechter and the Jewish National Fund. The program will target Jewish educators from the Pacific Northwest who will come to network and gain new educational resources.

$2,500 to Limmud- Taste of Limmud Mini-Events
Funding will be used for four to six “Taste of Limmud” events prior to the January 2018 launch of Limmud Seattle. The purpose of these mini-events is to acquaint the participants in the workings of a Limmud conference and to provide a sampling of the learning opportunities available. Each of these “Tastes” will focus on one or more options in style or content of the main Limmud conference.

$2,500 to Temple Beth El- LGBTQ Inclusion
The goal of the project is to assess the attitudes and literacy regarding LGBTQ issues within the Jewish and secular communities; provide education to the congregation and staff; implement changes as able to building, grounds and to documents/database; and be listed on Keshet's directory of welcoming communities.

$2,500 to Temple De Hirsch Sinai- Lunch & Learn
Lunch & Learn is an off-site Jewish learning opportunity for working professionals. Taking a neighborhood-based approach, this program will offer weekly Jewish learning in various restaurants in the South Lake Union area, serving employees of Amazon, Microsoft, and other area professionals during the work week. Sessions will be led by a rotation of Temple De Hirsch Sinai’s rabbis and will be open to the greater Seattle Jewish community.

$1,500 to Mercaz Seattle- Women's Tefillah Group and Learning Circle
Mercaz plans to start a women's and girls’ tefillah and Torah group for the Orthodox community. The goal of the project is to prepare girls to do a bat mitzvah program in an Orthodox context by creating an active group of girls and women leining and learning to lein, leading tefillah and learning Torah together.

For more information about Ignition Grants, please contact:
Sierra Lawe at sierral@jewishinseattle.org or 206.774.2252.