We are excited to share the growing impact and geographic reach of the Avi Schaefer Fund (ASF) campus programming through our new interactive map showing campus activity from 2012-2015. 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.
The idea to bring Avi Shabbat to our campus this year was inspired by the success of last year’s event. Hearing from the students about the great experience they had made me want to make this event an annual one.
Hillel, Muslim Student Association co-host 3rd annual event to celebrate differences in beliefs
In the wake of religious turmoil gripping the world, Muslim and Jewish students at Binghamton University chose to set aside differences and set their plates for dinner instead.
The Avi Schaefer Fund is delighted to continue to partner with Hillel International and Ask Big Questions. Many of the campuses who participate in Avi Shabbat utilize ABQ in different ways, some have the ABQ fellows facilitate on their Shabbat conversations and others put their conversation guides into practice around the table, on the couch, and with communities on their campuses.
Register today for the 5th Annual Jerusalem Symposium: “Between Judaism and Democracy: Reconciling Israel’s Jewishness with it’s Democratic Character.”
The Avi Schaefer Fund (ASF) is dedicated to nurturing Avi’s values of mutual respect and understanding through cultivating opportunities for informed dialogue and by empowering young people to be change-makers in the world.
A successful 2nd Annual North American Symposium was delivered on January 11, 2015, in New York City. Over 230 participants honored Avi’s memory with a day of study and enrichment on the topic: Judaism, Human Equality and the Quest for Justice. For this timely and critical topic, we brought together important scholars such as Professor Randall Kennedy, Rabbis David Ellenson, Susan Talve, Jill Jacobs and Shai Held.
L’shanah tova! We hope your school year is off to a great start! We are excited to announce the 2015 Avi Shabbat and Innovation Grants Program.
We are in our fifth year of our Avi Shabbat program, with campuses across the US and Canada hosting and celebrating together. For those campuses that have participated with us in the past, thank you for your participation and feedback. Apply today and stay tuned for new online resources.
Thank you to everyone who joined us in Santa Barbara at the Gross Schaefer home for our annual “Celebrate Our Growth Open House”. The crowd of about 250 people enjoyed a beautiful day of community, support, and conversation. In the midst of the ongoing heartbreak and violence in the Middle East, the work of ASF and the opportunity to gather as a community are now more important than ever. Thank you to all our supporters who help make our work possible. Sunday’s gathering was an important way to share time together and bring more healing energy into the world.
Yoav Schaefer has been nominated as a “Do-er” — a group of young Jewish people working hard to change their communities — for his efforts to promote peace with the Avi Schaefer Fund.