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Last year, the Jewish Federation’s Community Planning Table process demonstrated that building Jewish identity for children is our community’s highest priority. In response, we have launched the Sprout Initiative, designed to support families in the East Bay interested in Jewish living, learning and growing together.

Federation is proud to partner with more than 25 synagogues, community centers and other educational organizations in this work, and we look forward to sharing more about Sprout with you in the months ahead.

Sprout Grants

Federation is pleased to encourage a family's first steps into Jewish life and learning by providing Sprout Grants to subsidize a PJ Library family's first-time participation in a formal Jewish educational experience.

Grants of up to $1,000 per family will be awarded to help cover the cost of a family's first learning program for any of their children (grants will not exceed 75% of the total cost to the family). Eligible programs include, but are not limited to: Jewish preschool, religious school, day or overnight camp, family camp, or afterschool programs.

Decisions will be made approximately four to six weeks after the application deadline and grant awards will be paid directly to the program provider on your child's behalf. Upon notification, grant recipients have up to two months to register (if not registered already) for the intended program.

Please review the eligibility guidelines, FAQs, and apply online through the link below. If you have any questions about eligibility or the grants process, please contact Alison Stein, Community Impact Program Officer, at alison@jfed.org or 510.809.4911.

Grant Deadlines:
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Monday, February 5, 2018
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Click here for frequently asked questions.
Click here for eligibility and guidelines.
Click here to apply.

Sprout is: Federation’s Youth and Family Concierge

Liora Brosbe, the Jewish Federation’s NEW Youth and Family Concierge is now available to help families with preschool through high school aged children explore Jewish life in the East Bay. Whether you are interested in learning about early childhood programs, religious school, teen engagement, or summer camp, or simply connecting with other Jewish families with similar interests we are eager to help. Our personalized referral service is free for all families in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and Napa Counties.

Please contact Liora at concierge@jfed.org for more information, and join our new Facebook group @ Sprout East Bay to stay up-to-date on opportunities for families.

Sprout is: PJ Library

Federation is proud to sponsor PJ Library, which provides free Jewish books and music to children from six month to seven years of age. For more information or to sign up please click here.

Sprout is: Financial Assistance for Jewish camping and Israel travel

If you have a child attending Jewish summer camp, or traveling to Israel for study or a summer experience, financial assistance is available. For more information please click here.


Congregational & Early Childhood Educator Councils

The Jewish Federation convenes Educators Councils for both educators of part-time Jewish education programs and for Early Childhood Educators. These councils meet regularly to provide an opportunity for networking and learning. Meetings are organized around topics of interest as defined by participants.

For information about upcoming Educator Council meetings, please email andrew@jfed.org.

Early Childhood Education Conference 2018

The ECE Council plans and sponsors an annual conference attended by more than one hundred early childhood educators. The 2018 conference is scheduled for Friday, February 16, 2018 at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. Program details forthcoming.

For information, please email andrew@jfed.org.

Special Education Support Services

Thanks to the generosity of Jewish Federation of the East Bay, The Jewish Community Foundation, and our donors, we help our schools to more effectively serve children with special education needs, promoting inclusion in our community.

This year, Federation and Foundation — in partnership with the Jewish LearningWorks Include Initiative — will provide tailored support and trainings for Jewish schools and programs in the East Bay schools.

Requests for inclusion trainings as support can be made directly to Jewish LearningWorks by contacting Dana Sheanin at dsheanin@jewishlearningworks.org.