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Grants in North America

Project Keshet

Project Keshet

Project Keshet was launched by the Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations (COJECO), a central coordinating body in the Russian Jewish community of New York.

Conceived as a continuation of COJECO’s Project Gesher, Project Keshet is an informal Jewish education initiative consisting of three components:

Gesher: COJECO recruits and trains Russian-speaking Jewish college students to become informal Jewish educators in preschools with high concentrations of Russian-speaking Jewish children. Student-teachers conduct weekly classes on a variety of topics related to Jewish life, fostering Jewish identity in pre-school children and themselves.

PJ Library: The first part of the PJ Library component is an extensive outreach program that employs several non-traditional avenues to recruit Russian-speaking Jewish families for PJ Library subscriptions as well as to promote related events. Seven PJ Library family programs for Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Tu B’Shevat, Purim, Passover, and Israel Independence Day, will comprise the second half of the component.

Annual Project Keshet Family Camp: In 2012 and 2013, Project Keshet family camps provided Russian-speaking Jewish families with fun, interactive, and innovative educational experiences for children and adults, designed to have a long-lasting impact and provide parents and grandparents with the necessary tools for providing children with Jewish experiences at home.

Financial support for Project Keshet is provided by Genesis Philanthropy Group along with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, UJA Federation of New York, and private donors.

Goals and Objectives

  • Increase knowledge of Jewish culture, history and traditions among Russian-speaking Jewish students and incentivize their excellence by placing them in positions of leadership.
  • Provide free Jewish children’s literature to Russian-speaking Jewish families in order to encourage them to spend quality time together in a Jewish context.
  • Engage families in a wide variety of Jewish educational activities.
  • Provide increased opportunities for Jewish learning and community building to young Russian-speaking Jewish families with young children, including a family camp centered on the value of books and reading.

Current Grants

Past Grants