In June 2015, Jewish National Fund announced the creation of the $100 million JNF Boruchin Center, designed to empower new and innovative initiatives in the Jewish world. The Center, administered within JNF-USA by a committee of JNF donors, was created from an estate gift generously given by the late John and Dora Boruchin of California.

The JNF Boruchin Center’s stated mission is to “strengthen the lifelong connection of all Americans, and in particular young Jewish Americans, to the land and people of Israel through innovative and inspiring programming.”

Letters of inquiry (LOIs) from registered 501(c)(3) entities in Boston and throughout the U.S. seeking to make an impact that aligns with the mission of the JNF Boruchin Center are currently being accepted through Feb. 14, 2020. The Center will subsequently invite selected organizations to submit full grant applications by March 20, 2020. While LOIs that focus on teens are of particular interest to the Center, applications of a broader nature that connect Americans to the land and people of Israel will also be considered. Applicants should propose project budgets exceeding $100,000 per annum. 

“Boston and New England are home to some of the most creative thinkers in the U.S.,” said JNF-USA Boston President, Steve London. “If you are an outside-the-box thinker with a love for Israel, and if you are eligible, then you should strongly consider submitting an LOI.”

Past and present external grant awardees include the Israel on Campus Coalition ($2,000,000), Jerusalem U ($600,000), Heroes to Heroes ($330,875) and The David Project ($100,000). An additional $3,000,000 in grant funding has been disbursed to various JNF-related projects.

Jewish National Fund-USA is the leading philanthropic organization for Israel that supports critical environmental and nation-building activities in Israel’s north and south. Through its One Billion Dollar Roadmap for the Next Decade, Jewish National Fund-USA is developing new communities in the Galilee and Negev, connecting the next generation to Israel and creating infrastructure and programs that support ecology, individuals with special needs and heritage site preservation.

“There has never been a more important time for us to broaden and deepen our community’s connection to the land and people of Israel,” said chairman of the JNF Boruchin Center Mike Lederman. “Our Center plays a crucial role in creating meaningful Jewish experiences that serve as the catalyst for American Jews to become lifelong Zionists. Today, we are calling on Jewish change-makers, innovators and trailblazers to submit LOIs that demonstrate a cutting-edge concept, project idea or initiative that will help the JNF Boruchin Center meet its stated mission.”

Prospective applicants can visit the JNF Boruchin website here or contact Rachel Adams at radams@jnf.org or 212-879-9305 ext. 249.

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