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With deep gratitude to all of the applicants, our funding partners, and the external reviewers and judges, we're thrilled to introduce the exceptional winners – four new ideas and three established programs – of the 2018-19 Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom.

New Ideas

Genesis at Brandeis University

Being the Change

Being the Change: Public Policy, Justice, and Advocacy is a timely, intensive, expert-led summer course for teens that unites: applied Talmudic wisdom about engaging across difference; the ritual power of a siyyum, which defines success as being engaged in a reciprocal relationship with learning and democracy over time; and strategies for advocacy that empower, mobilize and sustain.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles


CIVruta will convene community leaders from different backgrounds in Los Angeles for a day-long civic beit midrash aimed at encouraging and equipping them to bring the Jewishly informed democratic values of diversity, inclusion, and dignity to service on local boards and commissions.


Three Occasions: Shalosh Regalim for Civic Engagement

Three Occasions harnesses the power of ritual and spiritual teachings implicit in Judaism's three pilgrimage holidays to help increase civic engagement and advance regional progress in the St. Louis metro region and beyond.

Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation

Rebuilding Democracy

Rebuilding Democracy empowers participants to use Jewish concepts and wisdom like hesed, brit, mitzvot, eilu v’eilu, and parshanut to teach healthy political norms: seeing fellow citizens as human before partisan, elevating a shared national purpose, respecting dissent, safely interrogating conflicting narratives, and upholding the primacy of institutions over agendas.

Established Programs

Facing History and Ourselves

Professional Development for Educators in Jewish Settings

Facing History’s Jewish Education Program provides educators with professional development and classroom resources that connect humanities content to Jewish wisdom, texts, and history, and to the ethical choices students face in their own lives—thereby inspiring students to combat prejudice with compassion, and indifference with civic participation.


Minyan Tzedek

Minyan Tzedek: Organizing for Social Change works to actively engage and cultivate a culture of social justice from a distinctly Jewish perspective rooted in Torah and the principles of community organizing.

Tivnu Building Justice

Tivnu Gap Year

The Tivnu Gap Year, the first and only Jewish gap year in the U.S., brings high school graduates to Portland for a nine-month experience that includes individually tailored internships with a wide range of local, grassroots direct-service and advocacy organizations; skilled construction of tiny homes with and for houseless individuals; study of today's most important social justice issues through Jewish and other sources; and collective living within their own pluralistic Jewish households.

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