Community Programs, RFPs and Initiatives

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Community Programs We Support

The Millennial Project: (A conservative Jewish movement for youth and young families in Washington D.C.). This is a project that relies heavily upon forming and maintaining intimate personal relationships between established Jewish communal individuals such as young rabbis, cantors, educators and young leaders with young local families.

First Book (Washington D.C. Area): First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need. Since their founding in 1992, First Book has distributed more than 170 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families.

First Book supports the largest and fastest growing network of educators and program leaders serving children in need. What is so attractive to the Foundation about this organization is not only that the mission involves the gift of learning, reading and books, but it is a prime example of when organizations collaborate and leverage resources, they multiply the power and effect that they can have on a life, a family, a school and an entire community. Educators, publishers, funders and philanthropists, the local governments and school districts and the heroic teachers transform the lives of these children by improving access to equal, quality education and written materials and literature for all children regardless of their school or school district.


The Idea Program Challenge
The Foundation is looking for fresh ideas from organizations to collaborate and create programs for young Jewish families that are interesting, meaningful and worthwhile to those families in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan community.  For more information including letter of inquiry, applications and due dates please click here.


The Phyllis Margolius Memorial Lecture Series: Conversations on the Cutting Edge – A Jewish Perspective. This lecture series will occur twice a year named in Phyllis’ memory to perpetuate her legacy. The spring and fall lectures will feature high profile lecturers to draw a dynamic and engaged audience. We envision deep and reflective conversation among lecturers who approach an issue in differing ways; the conversation would be moderated by an expert or other hand selected individuals. (We envision for example atypical speakers not necessarily both Jewish, paired together, for example the non-Jewish speaker may speak surprisingly from a Jewish perspective). The series participants will include a range of leading Perspectives of the Washington area and national or international arenas. We intend to pair lecturers or high profile speakers (hereinafter referred to as “lecturers”) who would not customarily be seen together. Conversations on the Cutting Edge – A Jewish Perspective will span a wide range of cultural, educational, political, spiritual, and social issues that resonate in today’s world.

The Senior Friendship (Isolation) Challenge: The Foundation will be looking for programs to address the systemic issue of isolation and loneliness for seniors who have no major health issues with the exception of those relative to the aging process, limitations of travel due to inability to drive, and isolation due to loss of spouse and friends who are also getting older.  The Foundation will be looking for programs that pair seniors with stimulating intellectual partners for in home or out of the home programming.  Applications will be taken at a future date.