Jewish Heritage Fund

Partner Stories

JHF’s impact is only possible through the success of our community partners. We update this page regularly to highlight a few of the many organizations and projects we’re proud to support.

  1. Supporting Louisville’s Young Adult Population

    The Coalition Supporting Young Adults is a community collaboration committed to transforming the way Louisville assists young people who are…

    The Coalition Supporting Young Adults is a community collaboration committed to transforming the way Louisville assists young people who are disconnected from school or work. The complex needs of young people who experience disruptions in education or employment require collaboration and coordination amongst different providers and agencies. Jewish Heritage Fund is proud to provide funding to increase CSYA’s capacity to lead our community in creating systems that effectively support young people to become independent adults.

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  2. Supporting Community Collaboration to Inspire and Educate

    The Violins of Hope is a collection of more than 50 restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust….

    The Violins of Hope is a collection of more than 50 restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. These instruments have survived concentration camps, pogroms and many long journeys to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience and survival. In 2019, JHF funding helped to bring The Violins of Hope to Louisville to facilitate a citywide dialogue about music, art, social justice and free expression. The 10-day program consisted of more than 30 community events, exhibits, performances and educational experiences.

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  3. Supporting Biomedical Research

    Since 2017 JHF has provided over $2.7 million to the University of Louisville to support its internal research enhancement grants…

    Since 2017 JHF has provided over $2.7 million to the University of Louisville to support its internal research enhancement grants program. This program allows principal investigators to gather new data to improve a previously submitted a multi- year, nationally peer reviewed grant application that scored well but was not funded. Most recipients of these bridge grants were awarded national grants after resubmission, resulting in $23.9 million in external funding to the University of Louisville.

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  4. Supporting Innovative Partnerships and Programs

    Funding from JHF supports a partnership between Bernheim, Bridge Kids International, and Play Cousins Collective to develop and pilot a…

    Funding from JHF supports a partnership between Bernheim, Bridge Kids International, and Play Cousins Collective to develop and pilot a Rites of Passage program. The effort aspires to empower adolescents to become leaders in the community by increasing their sense of connectedness and responsibility. The approach is rooted in Black culture and includes immersive experiences in nature as part of nurturing young Black men and women during the critical phase of development when young people transition from childhood into adulthood.

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  5. Supporting Jewish Identity Building

    In 2019, JHF and the Jewish Community of Louisville (JCL) teamed up to make Jewish overnight camping and Israel travel…

    In 2019, JHF and the Jewish Community of Louisville (JCL) teamed up to make Jewish overnight camping and Israel travel a reality for Jewish-identifying kids in Louisville. While research clearly points to these experiences making a lifelong impact on children, including Jewish identity building, learning to live with others, cultivating a sense of independence and self reliance, teaching teamwork skills, and forming friends for life, the cost can be prohibitive for many families. Working through the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s One Happy Camper program, families in Louisville are eligible to receive up to three years of grants to cover a significant portion of camp tuition. Teens participating in an organized trip may also apply for financial assistance through what the JCL now calls the Jewish Journeys program.

    As a result, in 2021, Jewish Louisville saw a 28% increase in overnight campers since 2018, the number of first and second year campers doubled over 2019, and despite the travel restrictions caused by the pandemic, 12 teens from Louisville successfully traveled to Israel. Through continued investment in these programs, JHF seeks to inspire children to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity, and to build long lasting connections with each other and their Jewish community.

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