JBIG (Jewish Baltimore Innovation Grants)

Check out the inspiring projects that The Associated supported last year through JBIG. These microgrants helped seed innovative and grassroots projects that inspired Jewish conversations and connections. 

These projects, range from a back-to-the-land, all-night Shavuot celebration to a Shabbaton themed around technology and Jewish identity. The grants were made available through the generosity of the Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund and the Nathan & Lillian Weinberg Family Foundation. Submission deadlines for 2017 grant applications in March 15, 2017.

The following projects received funding in 2016:

Baltimore Jewish Music Education Project
This project will provide new resources for early childhood Jewish music educators in Baltimore. The grant will be used to compile and share well-researched materials that will help raise the level of Jewish music programming for families in Baltimore.

Harbor Minyan
Harbor Minyan is a lay-led egalitarian minyan in Downtown Baltimore that meets monthly for spirited, musical, and participatory Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv services, followed by a vegetarian potluck Shabbat dinner. The JBIG grant provided infrastructure support for the minyan. 

Jews on Bikes
Jews on Bikes is a social bike ride on Saturday afternoon concluding with Havdallah at interesting locations in downtown Baltimore. The project is modeled after an existing initiative in Washington, D.C.

JHacks
JHacks was a technology Hackathon at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). The Hackathon included a Shabbaton with speakers and a panel discuscinsg topics surrounding Jewish identity in the technology industry. Following Shabbat, attendees participated in a 24-hour hackathon in which Jewish students from across the nation joined together to innovate and create new technologies using their coding skills. 

L'Hitraot Shabbat
L'Hitraot Shabbat is an initiative for families downtown to come together for communal Havdallah gatherings during the winter months. Families meet at the DBJCC in Federal Hill for open play, mingling, dinner and Havdallah. 

Light of Souls
Light of Souls is a project in Odessa, Ukraine to develop links between generations by fostering connections through common interests and handcrafts. Participants create hand-made toys, pictures, Judaica, candles and soaps, among other items. These crafts will either be donated to boarding schools or sold at an auction, with proceeds going to a local charity. 

Likrat Shabbat
Likrat Shabbat is a new initiative in Ashkelon to create cooking workshops for young adults. Participants will learn how to prepare and make healthy and delicious Shabbat dinners on a budget. The workshops will be based on the traditions and customs of Shabbat and will foster Jewish community among participants. 

Proud to Sign Jewish
Proud to Sign Jewish engaged and educated about deaf and Jewish culture. The project included a panel featuring four Jewish deaf individuals followed by a community service project. 

The Awakening Desert - Our Ancestors' Legends
This one-day hiking trip in the Negev will be tailored and designed for the visually impaired and blind community of Ashkelon. Participants will explore the area based on midrashic stories of our ancestors and life stories of Israeli Zionist leaders.

The First Fruits Chavurah Harvest Shavuot Celebration
This free, earth-based, back-to-the-land Shavuot celebration features an all-night, alternative tikkun, cheese madness midnight feast, family and intergenerational programming and a concluding dance and concert. 

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