May has been designated the month to celebrate the history of Jewish Americans in the United States. The holiday became official on April 20th, 2006, when President George W. Bush announced the month as Jewish American Heritage Month. While the majority of the Jews living in the United States today are descended from Jews who came here either in the mid-1800s or 1940s, there has been a Jewish presence in the United States since the beginning.
That’s why to celebrate this long history, GrantWatch is highlighting some important Jewish Americans that impacted history. GrantWatch is also sharing 10 grants currently available to help the Jewish community overall.
Five Jewish Americans that Impacted History
- Aaron Copland: An American composer, composition teacher, and the Dean of American Composers.
- Albert Einstein: German-born theoretical physicist, known as one of the greatest physicists of all time.
- Ruth Bader Ginsberg: the first-ever Jewish woman to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
- Emma Lazarus: An American poet who composed the poem on the Statue of Liberty in New York.
- Sandy Koufax: Was a baseball hall of fame pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He is one of the greatest pitchers of all time.
Grants to Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month
- Firstly, there are grants to nonprofits for programs that promote and advance Jewish values through science, arts, and education.
- There are also grants and scholarships for Jewish young adults to attend a study, service, or career development program in Israel.
- Grants are also open to U.S. and Israel nonprofits for activities in the areas of Jewish life, urban issues, biomedical research, and education.
- Funding is available for nonprofits to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Israel, instill pride in the Jewish people, and combat discrimination, hatred, and bigotry.
- In addition, funding of up to $2,000 is available for individuals and institutions to promote a better understanding of Jewish history in the Southern United States.
- Awards are available to recognize Jewish individuals for exceptional leadership and humanitarian accomplishments. Nominations are welcome on behalf of individuals under age 50 who have made a significant, measurable, and positive global impact.
- Additionally, grants are open to organizations and institutions to provide services for elderly Holocaust survivors. The grants will also go to Holocaust education, research, and preservation.
- There are also grants to New York nonprofits and synagogues in eligible communities to preserve and support Jewish institutions and Jewish culture. Funding is to support programming related to Israeli history and culture, the Holocaust, genocide, Jewish heritage, and customs.
- Financial assistance is open to Jewish individuals to offset expenses associated with moving to Israel.
- Finally, fellowships are available for Jewish college graduates to participate in a 10-month program. The program is to teach English in disadvantaged communities throughout Israel.
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