Jewish Innovation in the DC Region

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In 2013 and 2014, in order to garner support for innovative programs in the DC area Jewish community, EJF Philanthropies teamed up with Slingshot to publish a DC edition of the Slingshot Guide. The programs included in the guide address the needs of the twenty-first century Jewish community in a variety of creative and inspiring ways.

In addition to the guide, we held a series of events to reach out to various stakeholders in the community, from college students to young adults to Jewish professionals.  After learning about the organizations in Slingshot, participants had the opportunity to give mini-grants (provided by EJF Philanthropies) to the organizations of their choice.  Matan, JCADA, the Jewish Mindfulness Center at Adas Israel, Moishe House, Maryland Hillel, and Sunflower Bakery all received grants at these events by popular demand.  On December 14th, 2014, we held a final event, bringing together Jewish philanthropists and funders from the Washington, D.C.  in celebration of innovation in the region.

The Slingshot DC-Edition featured the following organizations:

  1. 2239
  2. AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
  3. BBYO: DC Council
  4. Gather the Jews
  5. GLOE- Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement – $30,000
  6. Greater Washington Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse
  7. JDC Entwine
  8. Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington @ Adas Israel
  9. Jews United for Justice
  10. Machane TBA L’mata Program
  11. Maryland Hillel Fellowships
  12. Matan
  13. MoEd:  A Jewish Afterschool Community
  14. Moishe House
  15. NEXT DC’s Reverse Mifgash
  16. NOVA Tribe Series:  A Project of NVHC
  17. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
  18. Sunflower Bakery

All of these organizations received grants from EJF Philanthropies in recognition of being selected to be included in the Slingshot-DC Edition. Five of the organizations were invited to present for around 200 representatives of D.C.’s funding community who then voted to award the organizations additional grants on behalf of EJF Philanthropies. Those five were:

GLOE at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center
MoEd: A Jewish Afterschool Community
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Sunflower Bakery

GLOE was the recipient of the largest grant of $30,000.