2015 Gendler Grapevine Project Initiatives

In 2015, The Gendler Grapevine Project introduced its “New Seeds” initiative. During this grant cycle, we encouraged applicants to draw inspiration from the life and teachings of Rabbi Gendler, recognizing that he incorporated his theories and teachings into physical and practical action that resonated with his congregants and the community. The synagogue became a physical space that strove to embody his interpretations of Jewish theory and practice. But his spiritual practice extended beyond the four walls of the synagogue, as he was able to find the spiritual in all aspects of daily life.

Throughout our third grant cycle, seven synagogues and organizations engaged in experimental practices with the goal of inspiring a new generation to find meaningful connections between Jewish spiritual practice, social justice, the environment, and their daily lives.

Descriptions of the 2015 Gendler Grapevine projects are provided below.