Arkansas Grant Allocations
MAZEL TOV TO JFAR’S 2016-17 ARKANSAS GRANT ALLOCATION RECIPIENTS
The Jewish Federation of Arkansas is pleased to offer grant support for Arkansas projects and services that accord with our Mission Statement. We had a record number of applications for grant support in 2016-17.
Congratulations to the following organizations and projects that received assistance. JFAR is proud and honored to support the crucial work you do in our Jewish community and beyond:
ARKANSAS HOLOCAUST EDUCATION COMMITTEE (NORTHWEST ARKANSAS)
• Annual Holocaust Education Conference (October 28th): “Out of the Ashes”
The mission of the Arkansas Holocaust Education Committee (AHEC), Northwest Arkansas, includes: providing historically accurate information on the Holocaust; encouraging teaching of this history; and modeling good pedagogical strategies when teaching the Holocaust. The committee developed the following objectives for those attending the conference: increasing participants’ understanding of the Holocaust and its implications for contemporary society; learning rationales, strategies, and approaches in teaching and learning about the Holocaust; and translating their understanding into responsible behavior when confronted with violations of human rights.
ATI’DAY YISROEL EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER (LITTLE ROCK)
Ati’Day Yisroel Early Childhood Center’s mission is to nurture and educate children ages six months to five years in a Jewish environment. We welcome children and families of all faiths into our community where Jewish values and customs are woven into the fabric of classroom experiences and practices. Our carefully crafted program is based on the belief that each child is a unique individual who requires a loving and stimulating environment in which to develop emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially.
CONGREGATION B'NAI ISRAEL (LITTLE ROCK)
• Support for the Director of Education and Youth Engagement Position
Congregation B’nai Israel embraces a lifelong understanding and pursuit of Jewish identity, commitment, and values. Our congregation strives to instill knowledge of and pride in Jewish heritage including Torah, tefillah and mitzvot, leading to activate participation in Jewish life.
CONGREGATION ETZ CHAIM (BENTONVILLE)
Congregation Etz Chaim provides Northwest Arkansas an open door where people of all backgrounds can feel at home to learn about and explore Jewish identity, spirituality, and culture, and affect change in our community.
GLOBAL DAY OF JEWISH LEARNING (LITTLE ROCK)
• “Under the Same Sky: The Earth is Full of Your Creations” (Sunday, November 20th)
This international day of study program was developed in 2010 by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz in Jerusalem to encourage Jews around the world to devote at least one day each year to the study of foundational Jewish texts in a communal setting. We have been part of this exciting project from its outset, providing the program for the Jewish community of Little Rock as well as for Jewish learners throughout the state. Last year we had about 70 participants from around the community. We pulled teachers from a variety of Jewish perspectives to teach using the materials provided by the Aleph Society, the foundation promoting Rabbi Steinsaltz’s ideas for world-wide text study. The event has always succeeded in bringing the community together, fulfilling the stated goals.
HENDRIX COLLEGE HILLEL (CONWAY)
Hendrix Hillel aims to unite Jewish students and faculty, as well as non-Jewish students and faculty who are interested in Judaism, in the celebration of Jewish faith and culture and to make Hendrix College (and, where possible, the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock) more welcoming and accessible places for Jewish students now and in the future. It plans activities to inform the college community about Jewish traditions and to encourage multiculturalism and interfaith dialogue.
LUBAVITCH OF ARKANSAS
The goal of Camp Gan Israel is to provide a safe and joyous environment for Jewish boys and girls to have spirited camp fun with music, swimming, sports, arts and crafts and trips. The goal of Hebrew Academy is to provide a richly balanced Jewish and secular education for today’s Jewish youth, allowing them to become responsible, productive and engaged members of tomorrow’s Jewish community.
MARCH OF REMEMBRANCE
March of Remembrance is an annual prayer work in remembrance of the Shoah (Holocaust). It has become a connecting point for people everywhere who wish to observe Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) through public prayer and memorial events.
• Statewide Transportation for NFTY Southern Fall Conclave (Little Rock)
NFTY is a Movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism. The Southern region of NFTY serves Jewish Teens in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, western Tennessee, Alabama (excluding Montgomery), and the Florida panhandle. We work in partnership with Union for Reform Judaism affiliated congregations to provide meaningful Jewish experiences for middle and high school students. We are part of the family of Union for Reform Judaism camps and youth programs.
PROGRAM IN JEWISH STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS (FAYETTEVILLE)
• “Introduction to Jewish Languages” taught by Dr. Jacob Adler
The Jewish Studies Program and minor introduces students to Jewish history, thought, and lifeways, through the millennia and around the globe. Students take courses introducing them to the basic tenets of Judaism, to fundamentals of Jewish languages (Aramaic, Biblical Hebrew, Modern Hebrew, and Yiddish), and to major strands in European, American, and Middle Eastern Jewish thought. Affiliated courses will cover Jewish literature; religious dialogue and history; current politics; ancient, medieval, early modern, and modern Jewish history; and discourse on gender, multiculturalism, and social justice. Jewish Studies offers a broad interdisciplinary context of coursework that can complement most programs of study.