חידוש 

Hiddush/Innovation)
The Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Grant Fund
The Institute for Judaic Studies of the Pacific Northwest

The Institute for Judaic Studies of the Pacific Northwest (IJS) is a 501(c)3 organization founded in Portland, Oregon by Rabbi Joshua Stampfer in 1984.  The Institute has partnered with many other organizations to fill the academic and cultural needs of the community through a wide variety of programs including: Writers and Scholars Lecture Series, the Law and Ethics Conferences, the Portland Jewish Film Festival, Weekend in Quest at the Oregon Coast, and more. As the IJS vision of thriving Judaic Studies departments at Oregon colleges and universities has largely been realized, our focus has shifted to promote Jewish community and learning as described in our mission statement:
 
The IJS Mission

To encourage people throughout the community to join together to learn about Jewish history, culture and life.

Goals
  • Partnership with community organizations and academic institutions.

  • Participation at events by a broad demographic of the community.

  • Community diversity reflected in membership and on the board.

  • Financial stability and/or growth.

  • A bridge, connecting new ideas to a vibrant Jewish intellectual and cultural scene.

Flowing directly from the last goal, the Institute now seeks to expand its role as a bridge by providing seed money for new and innovative programs and projects that will add to the “vibrant Jewish intellectual and cultural scene” as well as the larger Portland metro community.

חידוש (Hiddush/Innovation) – The Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Grant Fund will offer financial assistance between $500 and $2500 to promote innovation and to launch new projects consistent with the IJS mission. Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered:
  • Must be a 501(c)3 organization or affiliated with one through fiscal sponsorship or agency;

  • Request must be for a specific new program or project not currently available in the larger Portland metro community, or for a new and innovative approach to an existing program;

  • Program or project must be made available to the entire community, i.e., cannot be limited to any one synagogue or organization;

  • Funds requested are intended for direct costs associated with the project and not for general operations or capital projects.

  • IJS will be named in grant materials as a funding agency.

The Institute maintains a rolling deadline for applications.  Please submit any application at least six (6) months before funds are needed. If you are interested, please contact Sylvia Frankel, Executive Director of the Institute for Judaic Studies, at info@portlandjudaicstudies.org

Download the PDF application HERE