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Rabbinic Innovation Grants

Offering Opportunities for Rabbinical Students and Leaders

The Auerbach Entrepreneurial Grant Program at Reconstructing Judaism 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 2017 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 2019 Ignition Grants open on January 15, 2019 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 2019 Launch Grant opens on January 15, 2019 and closes on June 15, 2019. Apply now! 

Please note that grant funds can not be used to employ staff from Reconstructing Judaism or RRC. Each applicant is eligible for one Ignition grant and one Launch grant only.

Past Grant Opportunities:

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 2017-18, we continued 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 provided participants in the Rev Your Engines Reconstructionist Learning Network with the means to create a Jewish future derived from passion, tradition, and innovation.