Two local groups get matching grants from Jewish Funders Network

Two local groups are among 17 Jewish social change groups nationwide that will share nearly $500,000 in matching grants from the Jewish Funders Network.

The Jewish farming program Urban Adamah in Berkeley and the Oakland-based Shalom Bayit, which works to combat domestic violence in Jewish homes, were each awarded grants from JFN’s new Jewish Social Change Matching Fund, a $1 million fund designed to increase philanthropic investment in Jewish social change initiatives.

The fund provides one-to-one matches of grants to organizations and projects that address the root causes of injustice from an explicitly Jewish viewpoints.

Each grantee received from $15,000 to $50,000. Urban Adamah received $50,000, which executive director Adam Berman says will go toward the $2.4 million purchase of new property in Berkeley. Shalom Bayit received $15,000, which executive director Naomi Tucker said will support community organizing in the local Jewish community as well as its “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” campus initiative that works with Hillel to bring dating violence prevention to Jewish college students nationwide. 

Noting that Shalom Bayit now has  $30,000 it “didn’t have before,” Tucker said, “We couldn’t be more thrilled about this opportunity. The matching grant motivated a new donor to make a sizable gift to Shalom Bayit — the single largest individual gift we have ever received in our 21-year history.”

Seven foundations are supporting the fund, including the Bay Area-based Walter & Elise Haas Fund.

A second round of grantees will share the remaining $500,000 in awards to be announced this spring. Applications are being accepted through April 28 at