Congregation Beth Jacob in Atlanta is one of 35 synagogues in the U.S. and Canada to receive $100,000 in grants “in an effort to bring communities back to shul as more people are vaccinated” against COVID-19, according to the Orthodox Union.
The OU received over 300 submissions across 34 states, from a range of synagogues. “The 35 winners chosen by the OU Grant Committee represented both out-of-the-box thinking and opportunities that are more likely to rebuild and reaffirm the value of synagogue and community and therefore encourage congregants to return for the long term,” the OU stated in a recent release. “The submissions represent a large depository of ideas and are available to any synagogue that could benefit from the innovative thinking. Ideas included hosting a communal kiddush celebration as a ‘make-up’ for missed milestones, a back-to-shul fair, and a communal parlor meeting project to truly understand the changed needs of congregants.”