Rekindle Shabbat


Shabbat is one of the greatest gifts Judaism offers. Connecting ourselves to the generations before us through the rituals of candle lighting, blessing children, Kiddush, or Havdalah can be meaningful and uplifting. We want to support people coming together to create community and celebrate the joy and meaning of Shabbat.

Rekindle Shabbat Grants encourage people to experience the magic of Shabbat together through a Shabbat meal.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for Rekindle Shabbat Grants for Individuals, individuals must be residents of Western Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties) or Southern Vermont (Windham and Bennington counties).

To be eligible for Rekindle Shabbat Grants for Organizations, organizations must be Jewish organizations that serve Western Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties) or Southern Vermont (Windham and Bennington counties).

What events qualify?

An event qualifies if it is

  • On Shabbat
  • Located in Western Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties) or Southern Vermont (Bennington and Windham counties)
  • Guided by one or more identified leaders

An event through Rekindle Shabbat Grants for Organizations qualifies if it includes nonmembers and is publicized outside the organization.

What funding is available?

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation reimburses the cost of meals for approved events up to $10 per individual.

Rekindle Shabbat for Individuals

  • Individuals may apply to host Shabbat up to eight times per year
  • A minimum of eight individuals must be attending the Shabbat meal
  • Up to a maximum of $300 will be reimbursed if approved for the grant

Rekindle Shabbat for Organizations

  • Organizations have up to $4,000 per year to use towards Shabbat dinners
  • An additional $1,000 may be used to support individuals hosting Shabbat in their homes
  • The grant only reimburses the cost of food. The grant will not reimburse for a speaker, leader, or any other non-food related costs.
  • Organizations may charge for dinners

How do I apply for funding?

Completed applications must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event. Late applications will not be accepted.

To receive reimbursement if approved, a brief report describing the Rekindle Shabbat event (and including all receipts related to food and catering costs) must be completed.

Need help?

For questions about the Rekindle Shabbat Grant or the online grant system, please email [email protected].

Disclaimer

 Please note that the Harold Grinspoon Foundation reserves the right to decline any application for any reason.

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