Wassermann-Streit Y'DIYAH Memorial Fund

Grant Guidelines

WHO CAN APPLY

Individuals, schools, libraries and other nonprofit organizations in Berkshire, Columbia, northwest Litchfield and northeast Dutchess counties for projects and programs that encourage learning about Judaism with an aim to dispel prejudice, bias and intolerance while encouraging the love of learning.

GRANT INFORMATION

Mission Statement of The Wassermann-Streit Y’DIYAH Memorial Fund. (Y’DIYAH is Hebrew for "learning"): "In knowledge is good and justice; in ignorance is evil and injustice" - Socrates

The goal of the Y’DIYAH Memorial Fund is to present excellent programs or offer material to the public,  in a wide variety of contexts involving non-doctrinaire aspects of traditional Judaism. These might comprise:  literature, humor, theater, discourse, music, art, cinema, exhibits, history… and are limited only by the imagination of the applicant.  
Its goal is to exemplify the universality inherent in all people, according each, and in respect for, the variety of differences in ethnicity or practices which inform their humanity without falsification, harm or distortion.

The fund covers about an 80-mile geographical radius in CT, MA and NY, from the administrative offices of BTCF in Sheffield, MA.

ELIGIBILITY

The Y’DIYAH (Hebrew for “learning”) Memorial Fund will support quality non-doctrinaire materials and projects that serve to educate about the heritage, history, customs and culture of traditional Judaism through music, arts, literature, theater, etc. Preference will be given to material and programs that most closely fulfill the goals of the Fund and reach out to the broadest-based community. All requests that fulfill the Fund’s goals, limited only by ingenuity and imagination, will be fully considered.

Individuals, educational institutions, cultural and entertainment venues, community centers, libraries and other not-for-profit organizations, principally in Berkshire, Columbia, NW Litchfield, and NE Dutchess Counties, may apply. The Fund would like to reach out in particular to those of high school age or older.

Note: Funding to individuals will require a fiscal sponsor. Please contact grants@berkshiretaconic.org to discuss.

Please note that requests for retroactive funding will not be considered.

Some grants that have been awarded to this partial listing:
The purchase of books, videos and CD’s in schools and public libraries; a multi-media presentation of Klezmer; an illustrated lecture by a popular cartoonist on the historic use of current printing techniques in the Jewish media; high school and college student concerts; student research, journals and writings on pertinent subject material; a synagogue-based interfaith program; a school project to interview, compile and publish history on the town’s Jewish residents, staged reading, theatrical performances; a popular exhibit on the contribution of Jewish immigrants on the Needle Trade; European cabaret artists of the 20’s and 30’s, and other excellent projects.

The Committee of The Y’DIYAH Memorial Fund has compiled a limited list of resource material and will attempt to keep it current for the convenience of applicants. It is by no means determinant but endeavors to suggest ideas that encompass the criteria of the Fund. Please contact Berkshire Taconic if you would like to have a copy sent to you.

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation does not support organizations which in their constitution, by-laws, or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief.

AWARDS

Generally, grants up to $500 will be awarded twice a year.

REVIEW CRITERIA

Applications will be reviewed by the Y’Diyah Advisory Committee. Their recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic’s board of directors.

Awards will be based on need, merit, and the proposal’s potential impact on the applicant.

Created in memory of the founder’s maternal family, in order to:

  • Facilitate knowledge and understanding of the history, culture and practice of traditional Judaism, with the broadest-based community in mind.
  • Correct misconceptions and bias
  • Encourage learning
  • Encourage tolerance
Would you like to help?
Contributions are invited to the Y’DIYAH Memorial Fund. Contributions may be made either to build the endowment or to be added to the amount for granting this year. Donations are fully tax-deductible. Please make your check payable to Y’DIYAH Memorial Fund and send it to Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. For gifts of stock or to make a credit card donation, please call the Foundation at 413.229.0370.