A Private Foundation Supporting Programs that Welcome People to Judaism

Offering grants to organizations for programs helping people explore Judaism.

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The goal of NCEJ is to encourage Jewish organizations to reach out beyond their walls and welcome people to Judaism. We strongly believe that for Judaism to survive in the 21st century, it must engage interfaith families, spiritual seekers, and people from a variety of backgrounds, and show them the benefits of becoming part of the Jewish community.


NCEJ funds programming at federations, JCCs, synagogues, and other Jewish institutions that tell interested individuals what Judaism is all about, such as holiday workshops, taste of Hebrew mini-sessions, introduction to Judaism classes, and similar programs. NCEJ funds online and print advertising, brochures and flyers. Learn more about programs we’ve funded.


Through our grant giving we hope to grow Judaism, strengthen Jewish institutions and increase the connections that interfaith families and others have with their local Jewish communities. Read more about the organizations we work with, and others we recommend.

NCEJ is expanding funding in 2018!

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NCEJ supports the efforts of synagogues and other Jewish groups to reach out with special programming to those who want to explore becoming part of the Jewish community. For more details and to download the application click here.

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Promoting Judaism for Over 20 Years

In the last few years, NCEJ has established a stronger web presence and expanded the scope of programs it funds. Read about the fund’s history and highlights. We appreciate all your feedback, and have added a frequently asked questions section for prospective grantees.

Recent News

NCEJ is Expanding Funding in 2018

NCEJ awarded well over $100,000 in grants for Jewish outreach efforts to synagogues, federations, and other Jewish nonprofit organizations in 2017!  This year we plan to increase our gifting by at least 10%. Applications are reviewed when they come in, so send us your...

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