2017 Gendler Grapevine Project Initiatives

In 2017, the Gendler Grapevine Project introduced its “HaBanim HaBonim” initiative. 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 and the classroom became a physical space that strove to embody his interpretations of Jewish theory and practice. His spiritual practice, however, extended beyond the four walls of the buildings in which he stood, as he was able to find the spiritual in all aspects of daily life.

For our fifth grant cycle, we asked applicants to propose experimental practices that will energize and educate the next generation to find ways to infuse Jewish values in their responses to social and environmental challenges. Grantees will work to inspire a new generation to find meaningful connections between Jewish spiritual practice, social justice, the environment, and their daily lives.

Descriptions of the 2017 Gendler Grapevine Project initiatives are provided below.