Rekindle Shabbat

Rekindle Shabbat Grants support events connecting Jewish and interfaith constituents to Shabbat. This grant encourages both individuals and organizations to celebrate Shabbat.

Who is eligible?

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


What events qualify?

An event qualifies if it is

  • On Shabbat
  • Free to participants
  • Located in Western Massachusetts (413 area code) 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 all 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 $22 per adult and $12 per child. Individuals and organizations may host Shabbat up to eight times a year.

The cost should be no more than $300 for individuals, with a minimum of eight individuals attending a Shabbat meal. Organizations have up to $5,000 per year to use towards Rekindle Shabbat dinners. The grant only reimburses the cost of food and will not reimburse for a speaker, leader, or any other non-food related costs.

Examples of qualifying events include

  • A havurah interested in gathering for Friday night dinner or Havdalah
  • Families of children with special needs
  • Co-workers or students from a local college
  • Families of B’nai Mitzvah students
  • Sunday school families of a local synagogue
  • Households participating in a parent education class
  • Graduate school group

How do I receive funding?

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

To receive reimbursement, complete a brief report describing the Rekindle Shabbat event (and include all receipts related to food and catering costs). Log into your grants account to locate this report.

Need help?

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

Please note that the Harold Grinspoon Foundation does not support recreational or entertainment based programs or events and reserves the right to decline any application for any reason.

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