Jewish Life in Israel and the United States

We encourage American and Israeli Jews to explore their Jewish identity, embrace and respect the diversity of Jewish expression, and connect to Israel.

To perpetuate the Jewish People in Israel and the U.S., we support strategies to:

Foster Jewish identity in the United States through outreach and engagement with meaningful and relevant content, including text study, tailored to the interests and needs of the participants.

Connect individuals and families to the Jewish community and nurture a sense of belonging and commitment to the Jewish people and Israel.

Cultivate the legitimacy of and participation in the diversity of Israeli-Jewish life, empower voices of Israeli-Jewish pluralism, and support an environment in which these diverse Jewish options may thrive.

Meaningfully expose secular Israelis to the core texts and core values of the Jewish tradition and encourage an exploration of their Jewish identity.

Combat Antisemitism in all its forms.

“Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.”

– Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Application Process

The Foundation will only consider the grant applications of those organizations that have been invited to submit as per the process outlined in this section.  An invitation to submit a grant application or proposal will come directly from Foundation staff following discussions with the inquiring nonprofit organization. Please read this section carefully.

The Foundation only awards grants to applicants that are nonprofit organizations as classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Grants for international programs will be made only through U.S.-based or affiliated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. The Foundation prefers to provide support for specific projects, but on occasion will provide funding for general operations.

An organization that meets the criteria listed above may submit a “Letter of Intent” (LOI) to programofficer@slifkafoundation.org. The Foundation will only follow-up with those organizations whose LOIs meet the criteria set out above and that are consistent with the stated mission of the Foundation. We appreciate your understanding that we are unable to be in touch with every organization that reaches out to us.

Annual Grant Cycle Schedule

Each year, the Foundation has two grant cycles. Grant Cycle One runs from December through March, with a board meeting in May, and Grant Cycle Two runs from June through September, with a board meeting in November. We will share specific deadlines and dates with those organizations invited to submit proposals.