Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer of The Kitchen at her previous congregation, Romemu in New York City. (Courtesy of The Kitchen)
Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer of The Kitchen at her previous congregation, Romemu in New York City. (Courtesy of The Kitchen)

The Kitchen lands three-year grant to expand musical outreach

The New York-based Covenant Foundation has awarded The Kitchen a $150,000 Signature Grant award, which will be used to expand the San Francisco congregation’s musical outreach through its new Community in Song project. The funds will be disbursed over a three-year period.

The Kitchen’s rabbi-hazzan, Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer, will spearhead the Community in Song project, through which she hopes to “build the landscape for Jewish music on the West Coast through education, performance and in-home adaptation,” she told J. in an email.

“We will connect our community to Shabbat, holidays, and the Jewish year, through song; build Jewish literacy and relationship with Torah through song; explore relationship with God and each other through song; transmit the varied richness of Jewish song traditions, and cultivate new melodic expression.”

Meyer joined The Kitchen’s clergy team in 2018, having previously served at the New York congregation Romemu. Both are members of the Jewish Emergent Network, a national coalition of seven innovative congregations.

The grant to The Kitchen was part of a recently announced $1.7 million in awards earmarked for Jewish education efforts across the country. Other Bay Area recipients include Camp Tawonga, which will receive $120,000 over three years for its b’nai mitzvah program, and Let It Ripple, a project launched by filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, which will receive $100,000 over two years to develop a Global Technology Shabbat movement.

Dan Pine

Dan Pine is a J. staff writer. He retired as news editor in 2020. Dan can be reached at dan@jweekly.com.