As we have done for the past seven years, The Avi Schaefer Fund (ASF) will be offering an opportunity to apply for $200 Avi Shabbat Micro-grants for college campuses in North America. This program was created in memory of Avi Schaefer, a remarkable young man and student at Brown University who actively sought to change the atmosphere on campus surrounding the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Avi was a change-maker, a bridge-builder, and a doer who exemplified how one person can make a difference.
Avi Shabbats are held in cooperation with either a campus Hillel, other Jewish campus organization, or other faith-based campus organization at colleges and universities across North America. The Avi Shabbat offers an opportunity to bring together students from a wide range of political, religious, and identity divides to share a communal Shabbat meal and conversation focused on either:
- Promoting open and respectful discourse around Israel and or the Israeli – Palestinian conflict; or
- Fostering interfaith understanding and cross-cultural encounters.
Avi Shabbats are student – driven and led with support from staff. This is intended to be an opportunity to empower students to take charge, lead, and create a positive experience on their campus.
Since 2011, hundreds of campuses have participated in this program. We encourage you to join the movement.
This year we are unveiling two additional opportunities:
- ASF Inspirational Grants, to acknowledge and reward exceptionally high quality, creative, and impactful program proposals that work towards bridging divides on your campus. On top of the regular Avi Shabbat $200 Microgrant, ASF will award an additional $500 to the top five Avi Shabbat proposals – for a total grant of $700. Deadline to qualify for ASF Inspirational Grant is December 10, 2017
- As a way to honor those who exemplify the qualities that Avi lived, we invite each of you to consider honoring someone on your campus with an Avi Schaefer Seek Peace and Pursue It Award. Candidates can be students, faculty, or administrators who have stepped out in a public way to make a difference for justice, compassion and peace. ASF will provide a certificate and presentation gift for your honoree – created by Laurie Gross Studios expressly by the Fund. The Award is to be presented as part of your Avi Shabbat program – OR at another event during the academic year. All Honorees will be also be mentioned on our website, in social media, and in a press release. Nominations should be made in the special section at the bottom of this year’s Avi Shabbat application by January 31, 2018.
Avi Shabbat Micro-grant applications open on October 2 and will continue to be accepted until January 31, 2018. However, to have your proposal qualify for the additional ASF Inspirational Grant we must receive the application by November 28, 2017. Nominations for the Avi Schaefer Seek Peace and Pursue it Award are due by January 31, 2018.
Grant checks are awarded and made out to Hillels, or other official campus organizations, towards Avi Shabbat programming, food and other related costs. If campus staff/professionals wish, they may alternatively use the $200 Micro-Grant as a stipend, incentive, or award for your student leader/leaders.
Avi Shabbat Requirements:
- The Shabbat meal must be called “Avi Shabbat” or have Avi’s name in the title or subtitle.
- ASF must be listed as a sponsor or co-sponsor of your program/event in all related printed and digital material.
- You must share Avi’s story at the event either verbally, through the online video provided on our website, or in written form.
- You must Like ASF on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter
- You must announce your program on at least two forms of social media, tag ASF and use one or more of the following hashtags: #AviShabbat, #SeekPeaceAndPursueIt, #BridgingTheDivides
- By May 6th, 2018, campuses receiving grants must submit the following to receive funding:
- A short evaluation (ASF will distribute web link in late April)
- Videos and or photos of the preparations for the Avi Shabbat (e.g. prep meetings, event setup, meal preparation…etc.) and/or of the program itself**
- Copies of materials listing ASF as a sponsor/co-sponsor of your Avi Shabbat in all related printed and digital material.
- A short video or written testimonial of at least two students that participated in the meal. (This can be done using an iPhone or Android device or a video camera. These testimonials should be brief and respond to the question, “What was impactful or inspiring about the Avi Shabbat program you participated in?”**
**It is the responsibility of the Jewish campus group or Hillel to get the appropriate approval from the students videotaped or photographed, as these images may be used in future ASF marketing materials.
ASF Campus Grantees Map
ASF Campus Granting Programs engage students and college campus communities across North America- from Los Angeles to Providence, from Calgary to New Orleans and many places in between. Click on the pins below for more information.