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Funding Jewish Outreach and Conversion Programs

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NCEJ is a private foundation that provides grants for programs for interfaith families and others who want to learn more about Judaism.

Serving the Jewish Community for 20+ Years

NCEJ provides grants to synagogues and other organizations that sponsor programs to teach non-Jews in their communities about Judaism.  We welcome inquiries from JCCs, federations, and regional consortiums.  Our goal is to encourage conversion to Judaism through outreach and education, and thereby help ensure the continued survival of American Jewry. read more

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NCEJ Grant Applications

The National Center to Encourage Judaism is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit private foundation which encourages conversion to and retention in Judaism. It supports the efforts of synagogues and other Jewish institutions to reach out to Jews and non-Jews, to welcome interest in and learning about Judaism. Use this form to apply for a grant to partially cover advertising and other costs for Introduction to Judaism and similar educational programs geared to the community at large.

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Recent News

NCEJ-URJ “Introduction to Judaism” Marketing Grant

Through NCEJ, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has awarded 12 grants to congregations / consortia of congregations to market their "Introduction to Judaism" classes.  The congregations are located in areas where the URJ does not coordinate "Intro" classes.  The...

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The Rabbinical Assembly Conversion Work Grant

The Rabbinical Assembly (RA) is the recipient of a significant grant from the National Center to Encourage Judaism to support the conversion work of colleagues.  Having learned about our extensive programming in this area, the Executive Director of NCEJ, Ellen...

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NCEJ Partners with FJMC

The Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs, Understanding Intermarriage Initiative, received a Grant from the National Center to Encourage Judaism (NCEJ) in order to award grants to Conservative Congregations throughout North America to openly advertise that they are...

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