The Giving Collective for Jewish Buffalo
The Giving Collective is a place for Jewish Buffalo’s synagogues, agencies, and organizations to highlight the initiatives they are currently undertaking and to share the opportunity for donors to support specific causes.
Every quarter, the Giving Collective will be updated with new opportunities.
Buffalo Jewish Federation is excited to bring Reverse Tashlich, an international initiative that raises awareness about the environment while cleaning up our local waterways at the same time. The first-ever event for Jewish Buffalo will be held on Sunday, September 12 with the goal of having 100 participants. The idea of Reverse Tashlich grew out of the custom on Rosh HaShanah to symbolically cleanse ourselves by casting our sins into a body of water (the ceremony of “tashlich”). Instead of adding to the six to eight million tons of trash thrown into the ocean each year, Reverse Tashlich is aimed at taking out garbage and debris from Buffalo’s waterways.
Reverse Tashlich is an activity that provides an opportunity for any member of the community to join. It also provides a way to connect Jewish values with the environment and conservation and to connect members more deeply with a High Holy Day ritual, Tashlich, that many have never experienced. The entire experience will be grounded in Jewish learning connecting the preservation of our waterways to our dedication to repairing the world (Tikkun Olam).
Amount Needed: $2,500.00
The Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning (CJEL) is proud to bring KOLOT Pro: Bringing our authentic Voices to Leadership to the community. KOLOT Pro is a retreat is for female identifying professionals who work and serve in a leadership role for an agency, institution, or congregation of Jewish Buffalo. Built from guiding principles and learnings of a similar program for female identifying members of Federation’s Board of Governors that took place in 2020, KOLOT Pro will take place this fall on October 18 – 19, 2021.
KOLOT Pro aims to have 35 participants and is designed to be a learning and leadership experience. It will feature opportunities for participants to nurture relationships, learn and explore their leadership through the lenses of gender and Judaism, and promote collaboration between traditional institutions and innovative new Jewish cohorts. This convening of women will foster collaboration and partnership among community professionals at a variety of different organizations and at a variety of different levels of leadership.
Amount Needed: $6,000.00
Community Jewish Educator
Hillel of Buffalo is partnering with the University at Buffalo’s College of Arts and Sciences to pioneer a new and exciting shared faculty position. The Buffalo Community Jewish Educator, that will be held by Dr. Alex Green, will dually serve the student body and the local community by creating opportunities for experiential Jewish learning that addresses their needs. The goal of this appointment is to serve as a point of connection between Hillel, the Buffalo Jewish Federation and the greater Buffalo Jewish community and the region, and the UB College of Arts and Sciences in an effort to address a series of critical issues facing the Jewish Community in our region.
With initiatives such as Buffalo Jewish Day of Learning and celebrating Jewish Heritage Month, Jewish experience, engagement and learning will be at the core of this initiative. Dr. Green will lead an interdisciplinary approach to Jewish learning that brings together experts from across academic departments to make them accessible to our community.
On-campus, Dr. Green will work with students to form partnerships with student groups that are organized around cultural affiliation, political causes, etc. that could lead to opportunities for educational programs, advocacy, community service and travel. Off-campus, he will help students get more involved in the work of the JCRC to increase their level of civic engagement in Buffalo.
The Jewish Community Educator will help students and the community to understand and to contextualize Israel’s complexity. Creating new opportunities for short-term and long-term study abroad in Israel, as well as connecting more students with existing internships and programs in Israel, will be priorities in the first year of this role.
Amount Needed: $25,000.00
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