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Grants in North America

Kivunim: New Directions

Kivunim: New Directions

  • Grant period: 2011 - 2013
KIVUNIM: New Directions, a year-long program for college students, seeks to forge a lifelong relationship with Israel and the Jewish People through travel across the world - gaining understanding of other cultures, religions and worldviews.

A two-year grant from Genesis Philanthropy Group allowed three outstanding Russian-speaking Jewish students to participate in Kivunim’s exciting gap-year abroad program. Although the academic program was based in Israel, participants traveled to various destinations around the world exploring international Jewish history to reinforce knowledge acquired in the classroom.

Funds were also utilized to develop a new course module that focuses on Russian Jewish history and its impact on the modern Jewish world. The module culminated in a group trip to the Former Soviet Union.

Financial support for Kivunim was provided by Genesis Philanthropy Group, along with other generous donors.

Goals and Objectives

  • Prepare participating students to become knowledgeable leaders in their local Jewish communities.
  • Enable students to interpret the past and understand the present in order to build the future of the Jewish community.
  • Encourage participants to seek opportunities in the Jewish world.

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