The Auerbach Entrepreneurial & Reconstructionist Incubator Grants | Reconstructing Judaism

Entrepreneurial Grants

Offering Opportunities for Rabbinical Students and Leaders

The Auerbach Entrepreneurial Grant Program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College supports innovators in creating bold experiments that seek to reconstruct the Jewish experience, encourage forward-thinking growth in the Jewish community, and explore the connection between the 21st-century environment and traditional Jewish values.


The Ignition Grant

Multiple awards up to $2,000 will be given to seed small-scale projects led by a student(s) presently enrolled at RRC or a recent graduate(s) (graduation year of 2016 or later). Students and alumni are welcome to include additional partners on their innovation teams as long as the team leader is a current rabbinical school or recent graduate. Maximum of one Ignition Grant per person per application cycle.

Applications for 2018 Ignition Grants open on January 15, 2018 and rolling acceptance until funds are depleted. Apply now! 

The Launch Grant

Applications are now available for the Launch Grant with 2:1 matching funds for up to $20,000 (you receive $20,000 and must raise $10,000).

Applications for the 2018 Launch Grant opens on January 15, 2018 and closes on June 1, 2018. Apply now! 


Reconstructionist Incubator Grants

Starting in February 2017, the Reconstructionist Learning Networks launched the Innovators Incubator, six sessions dedicated to startup projects envisioned by rabbinic students at RRC. Participants gathered online to gain insights on changes in the Jewish community, branding and marketing, entrepreneurship, and boards and governance.

In 2018-19, we continue to support innovators in applying an entrepreneurial approach to turn their bold ideas and early stage experiments into action. With two grant opportunities of $5,000, the Reconstructionist Incubator Grants provide participants in the Rev Your Engines Reconstructionist Learning Network with the means to create a Jewish future derived from passion, tradition, and innovation.