Avi Shabbat

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Since 2011, hundreds of campuses, primarily through their Hillels with supporting materials from ASF, have created Avi Shabbat experiences, generally around February 12th, the anniversary of Avi’s death. This annual event commemorates how one remarkable young man can and did make a difference on his campus. The Avi Shabbat, developed by each campus, includes the sharing of a communal Shabbat meal and a shared conversation incorporating one or both of the following two areas of interest:

  • Promoting open and respectful discourse within the Jewish community, specifically surrounding conversations about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian Relationship
  • Fostering interfaith understanding and cross-cultural encounters

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This year we are unveiling two additional opportunities:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 till January 31, 2018. However, to have your proposal qualify for the additional ASF Inspirational Grant we must receive the application by November 15, 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.

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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.

marker-purpleA blue flag denotes an Avi Shabbat
marker-greenA green flag denotes an Innovation Grant
marker-purple-newA purple flag denotes an Avi Shabbat & Innovation Grant

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