For the fourth straight year, JUF’s Breakthrough Fund is funding leading-edge local programs and initiatives that meet local human needs, engage Chicagoans Jewishly, and strengthen Jewish communities in Israel.
This summer, a total of $1.12 million will be awarded to programs that focus on a range of themes, including erasing barriers to employment and economic achievement for historically under-employed Israelis; providing opportunities for the Jewish LGBTQ community, teens and young couples to connect with Israel; using technology to improve mental health; creating non-traditional communities of Jewish learning, and more.
A Wider Bridge was announced one of the grant recipients, in order to pilot a campus leadership program,”A Wider Bridge University.” The program adapts the organization’s core strategy of building personal LGBTQ connections with Israel to Chicago-area campuses, cultivating LGBTQ student leaders (including Jews, non-Jews, and allies) to become pro-Israel LGBTQ influencers on campus.
Arthur Slepian, Executive Director of A Wider Bridge: “A Wider Bridge is grateful for the support from JUF Chicago and thrilled to be inaugurating our work on college campuses in the Chicago area. We believe this work is vitally important at this time, and we look forward to working in cooperation with our many Chicago-area partners to do this work successfully.”