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Wassermann-Streit Y'DIYAH Memorial Fund

Grants to Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts Individuals
and Nonprofits for Jewish Learning Programs

GrantWatch ID#: 171508
Agency Type:

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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation - Wassermann-Streit Y'DIYAH Memorial Fund


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Grants of up to $500 to Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, individuals, schools and libraries for projects and programs that encourage learning about Jewish cultural topics with an aim to dispel prejudice, bias, and intolerance while encouraging a love of learning.

Applications are accepted from Berkshire County, Massachusetts; Northwest Litchfield County, Connecticut; and Northeast Dutchess and Columbia Counties, New York.

Preference will be given to material and programs that most closely fulfill the goals of the Fund and reach out to the broadest-based secular community; the Fund would like to reach out in particular to those of high school age or older.

The Y’DIYAH (Hebrew for “learning”) Memorial Fund will support quality non-doctrinaire materials and projects that serve to educate about the heritage, history, customs and culture of traditional Judaism through music, arts, literature, theater, etc. All requests that fulfill the Fund’s goals, limited only by ingenuity and imagination, will be fully considered.

Examples of past grants:
-The purchase of books, videos, and CDs in schools and public libraries;
-A multi-media presentation of Klezmer;
-An illustrated lecture by a popular cartoonist on the historic use of current printing techniques in the Jewish media;
-High school and college student concerts;
-Student research, journals, and writings on pertinent subject material;
-A synagogue-based interfaith program;
-A school project to interview, compile and publish history on the town’s Jewish residents, staged reading, theatrical performances;
-A popular exhibit on the contribution of Jewish immigrants on the Needle Trade;
-European cabaret artists of the 20’s and 30’s.

Up to $500

Individuals, schools, libraries and other nonprofit organizations in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Columbia and northeast Dutchess Counties, New York, and northwest Litchfield County, Connecticut for projects and programs that encourage learning about Judaism with an aim to dispel prejudice, bias and intolerance while encouraging the love of learning.

Note: Funding to individuals will require a fiscal sponsor. Please contact to discuss.

Please note that requests for retroactive funding will NOT be considered.

Applications will be reviewed by the Y’Diyah Advisory Committee. Their recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic’s board of directors.

You will be notified by email if your organization received full or partial funding or in some cases, if funding has been denied. Decisions are typically made within 6-8 weeks after the application deadline.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply, go to

Maeve O'Dea, Program Director
413.229.0370 x 111

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
800 North Main Street
PO Box 400
Sheffield, MA 01257-0400

Massachusetts: Berkshire County
New York: Columbia, NE Dutchess Counties
Connecticut: NW Litchfield County

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