• Non-denominational initiative supporting synagogues in North America for programs innovatively enriching and deepening the Jewish identity of adults and children.
  • Programs must integrate Israel awareness into programming for different age groups and across all aspects of congregational life, e.g Torah, avodah, gemilut hasadim , etc.
  • Programs must strengthen the congregation's capacity to sustain Israel engagement programming by developing its own internal resources.


  • Grants of up to $25,000 to selected synagogues
  • Potential for additional funding of up to $25,000 per year for up to two additional years.
  • Congregations may only apply for one Legacy Heritage Innovation Project (Congregational Education, Israel Engagement, or Music) track each year.

Selection Process:

During the selection process, proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria, among others:

  • Extent to which the proposal impacts and connects different age groups within the congregation and affects different aspects of Jewish life 
    • For example, priority will be given to proposals which integrate awareness of and engagement with Israel consistently into congregational prayer, study and social action, rather than isolated, "stand-alone" programming.
  • Degree to which the proposed project is sustainable and will utilize funds to develop capacity within the congregation.
  • Extent to which "best practices" are exemplified in the proposed initiative and the possibility of being replicated by other congregations.


Applications are not being accepted at this time for the Legacy Heritage Innovation Project.

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