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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 six weeks after the application deadline and grant awards will be paid directly to the program provider on your child's behalf.

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:
November 1, 2016 - for late Winter and Spring programs
March 7, 2017 - for Summer or Fall programs

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 is pleased to sponsor an Educators Council for both congregational educators and for Early Childhood Educators. These councils meet monthly to provide an opportunity for networking, skill building, and shared advocacy on behalf of Jewish education. Meetings are organized around topics of interest as defined by participants.

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

Early Childhood Education Conference 2015

The ECE Council plans and sponsors an annual conference attended by more than one hundred early childhood educators. This year’s conference focuses on gender identity and will take place on February 12, 2016 at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette.

For information, please email liora@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.

This year, Federation and Foundation — in partnership with the Jewish LearningWorks Include Initiative — will support five East Bay schools to explore how they can better serve children with special educational needs. Additionally, five to ten organizations will receive capacity-building grants to nurture atypical learners.