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Investing in our communities
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Tuesday 13th March 2018

In Summer 2016 The US launched a new innovation fund: the US Community Development Fund (CDF).  The Fund challenges communities to ‘Do Shul Differently in order to achieve one or more of the following community development goals:

  • increase active participation and membership
  • reach new demographics
  • develop community leaders
  • adapt to changing circumstances

The fund is overseen by a lay board, chaired by US Vice President, Leonie Lewis.

We are delighted to announce that, since its launch, grants have been awarded to seven US communities. We wish Mazal Tov to:

Birmingham Central

To support the employment of a Conference Centre Co-ordinator and Community Events Manager 

Cockfosters & N Southgate

To support the creation of a community hub and employ and volunteer support worker 


To support the Daven n Dine programme, which provides a subsidised Shabbat lunch and activity once a month


To support the EMET alternative service on Shabbat mornings 

Muswell Hill

To support the employment of a Community Events Co-ordinator who works alongside the Rabbi to run activities and events in the community. 


To support the activities and management of the Northwood Hub, which aims to engage members and potential members 


To support the creation of Richmond Jewish Community Centre to become a ‘destination point’ for Jews in the local area 


We look forward to sharing progress of these projects and announcing further awards over the coming months. 

The next round of applications are open now and close on May 25th 2018 So, if you have a great idea to help your community become even more vibrant and engaging, do encourage your Board of Management to apply for a grant of up to £20,000 per year for up to 3 years.

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