“Building our endowment will help us focus more on Jewish life, and worry less about finances.” – Beverly, synagogue leader
Create a Jewish Legacy: Securing Temple Israel’s Future
“We are blessed to be part of a young Jewish community in the East Bay that comes together around Jewish spirituality, social justice, and the arts.” – Ellie, resident
Moishe House: Creating Community
“Keshet provides support for folks to learn about LGBTQ issues and create change.” – Wade, Keshet participant
Keshet: Working at the Intersection of J and LGBTQ
Together, we build Jewish community and peoplehood by:
Creating a culture of generosity: We train Jewish organizations throughout the East Bay to engage donors, steward supporters, and build a culture of charity and giving in their communities. We help build up these organizations, which strengthens the entire East Bay Jewish community.
Making Jewish organizations more inclusive: We bolster Jewish institutions’ accessibility to families and children with special needs, and support LGBTQ professionals working in Jewish organizations through Keshet.
Creating connections with Israel: We send 40 East Bay young adults on a Birthright Israel trip every summer to strengthen their Jewish identities and build connections with Israel. We also work with Dror Israel in Akko to foster relationships between Jewish communities in the East Bay and in Israel.
Training Jewish educators and leaders: We secure the Jewish future by empowering people to take charge of their Jewish lives and be leaders for their communities. We provide professional development for Jewish educators and help train young Jewish activists in partnership with Bend the Arc.
Encouraging innovation: We help people in our community to explore earth-based Judaism, Jewish environmental justice, and create their own experimental communities and programs through Urban Adamah, Wilderness Torah, and Moishe House.
Ensuring our partners’ future through legacy giving: Through Create a Jewish Legacy, we provide 19 East Bay Jewish organizations with the training, motivation, and support to cultivate legacy gifts from their donors. These gifts will become endowment funds, ensuring the organizations serve the community for generations to come.
STORIES OF BUILDING COMMUNITY
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- A Day in the Life of: A Jewish UC Berkeley Student 👩🏼🎓📚🏫If all the headlines coming out of college campuses are to be believed, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the first thing UC Berkeley Junior Shira Klasky-Gamer thinks when she wakes up is “Oh [...]Read more
- Fighting Anti-Semitism and Bigotry: The Weil Family Fund 🚫🤬✡️Quotes have been slightly edited for clarity. In 1938, when he was only 12 years old, Arthur Weil was shipped out of Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport on the eve of the Holocaust. Though [...]Read more