Following an earlier round of large-scale grants to people and organizations in Alpharetta and Johns Creek, we’re thrilled to introduce you to our newest micro-grant recipients. Through Federation’s Making Jewish Places initiative, we received many requests that will provide stronger Jewish engagement opportunities for this community. Here are the projects moving that were awarded funding. Projects that focused on youth engagement and parent education are being funded through JumpSpark.
- Adult Purim Party Event — A costume party event for the Israeli and Jewish community in North Fulton. The goal is to have between 250 to 350 people.
- Backpack Buddies at Gesher L’Torah – Expands Gesher L’Torah’s work with underprivileged children and families. The congregation currently provides nutrient-rich food for two dozen children at Ocee Elementary and Webb Bridge Middle School. Goal is to teach kids, grades 5-7, the Jewish responsibility of charity by filling backpacks.
- StepUp 5K Race to Embrace Tolerance – Assistance to help finance the StepUp Race to Embrace Tolerance, North Fulton’s largest community fundraising event. More than 300 runners will participate from cities throughout North Fulton as well as towns in the Metro Atlanta area. Funds will help cover costs associated with the race and Embracing Tolerance speaking engagements, writing contests, and excursions to schools.
- Jewish Fertility Foundation — The Alpharetta & Johns Creek population has connections to JFF, but a survey showed that traveling south for services was a hardship. The survey noted that Alpharetta & Johns Creek were underserved areas in terms of emotional support services. This funding will bring fertility buddies and other support services to those in need within Alpharetta & Johns Creek.
- Inflatable Purim City – Adds a mitzvah component to Gesher L’Torah annual Purim carnival so that children from the special needs community around the area can participate and have their sensory requirements met.
- Jewish Club at Webb Bridge Middle School (funded through JumpSpark) — Providing snacks and crafts and supplies for Webb Bridge Middle School Jewish Club meetings, plus funds for club t-shirts.
- Jews Together in the Kitchen & Beyond — An opportunity for synagogue families to eat together and cook together. Congregation Gesher L’Torah consists of Jews from many backgrounds: Columbia, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Taiwan and even from Iran! By gathering together to share in varied cuisines, participants will quickly learn that they have more in common than they originally thought.
- Lag B’Omer Block Party — Hosted by Congregation Dor Tamid on Erev Lag B’Omer, this block party, free and open to the community, will include live music with bounce houses and other kid-friendly activities, bon/campfires with s’mores, and food for purchase from a food truck. This project will engage members of the Johns Creek/Alpharetta community and celebrate a holiday in a communal way that is often overlooked.