YES Fund Awards, 2014-2016
Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), through its Youth, Education, & Special Projects Fund, has given $672,200 in grants to a variety of programs that will strengthen the Reform Movement and provide the tools necessary for religious, social, and educational growth in North America, in Israel, and around the world.
The YES Fund trains future leaders of Reform Judaism by providing scholarships for rabbinical and cantorial students at HUC-JIR’s four campuses, Leo Baeck College in London, and Geiger College in Berlin.
Support of youth is among the YES Fund’s proudest achievements. WRJ founded and continues to support NFTY, as well as URJ Camps and Israel programs, where our youth build friendships, establish strong Jewish identities, and develop leadership skills. The YES Fund was among the initial donors of the URJ Campaign for Youth Engagement (CYE) when it launched in 2011 and continues to support programs that engage and inspire Reform Jewish youth.
The YES Fund also provides annual support to the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), helping to fund an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant, who advocates for Jewish values and social justice.
The YES Fund’s reach is global, providing support for the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) and its programs around the world. The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) receives funding to continue the struggle for religious pluralism in Israel.
From establishing Reform institutions and training clergy to supporting youth around the world, the YES Fund has helped strengthen and grow Reform Judaism for 100 years.