LIMMUD FSU COMMUNITY LABS

We invite you to contribute to helping develop Jewish community life and enriching the Jewish knowledge of young Russian-speaking Jews around the world.
We will help you implement your initiatives through a range of promising new projects!
Your first step is to submit your initiative on the tender
by August 3, 2020
We invite you to take part in our new projects and submit your initiative through the tender!
Submit your initiative through the tender on the website.
Dream and plan by yourself or with a team, a new educational-community initiative.
Lead the initiative with comprehensive support provided by Limmud FSU Labs.
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What you need
Each year, 40-50 initiatives around the world will receive financial support of up to $14,000 each.
Regional project coordinators will support the initiators from the moment the initiative is submitted through its implementation.
ONGOING PROJECTS
Melbourne and Sydney | Australia
Gabrielle Hodge
Taglit Before and After
This project offers exciting social activities specifically designed to bring together the past and future Kangarusski Birthright participants. The activities will prepare the participants for a meaningful trip to Israel, help them discover their Jewish identity and motivate them to stay connected to the Jewish community. More information
Minsk | Belarus
Kristina Bezdezhskaya
Your District
An accelerator for the development of ideas for social projects. Courses include theoretical and practical classes taught by experienced teachers. At the conclusion of the semester, the participant will have a ready-made social project, embodying the concept of Tikun Olam, motivating participants to develop and change the world around them. More information
Eight Cities | Ukraine
Yuri Sergeev and Kira Pivovarova
Brain Labs
An intellectual games competition in various formats, enabling Jewish youth from eight cities: Dnipro, Zaporizhia, Kyiv, Kryvyi Rih, Lviv, Melitopol, Odesa, Kharkiv, united into teams, to gain new knowledge in a mode of an informal education.
More information
LOCAL COORDINATORS
LIMMUD FSU LABS operates in seven countries: Australia, Belarus, Canada, Moldova, Russian Federation (Moscow, St. Petersburg and the north-west of Russia, the Volga-Urals region in central Russia), Ukraine,
USA (New York and the West Coast) as well as in Western and Central Europe.
Moscow
New York and the East Coast of USA
Western and Central Europe
Elena Zakharova
Leah Volynsky
Ilona Dlin
Ukraine
Belarus
Australia
Olena Kolpakova
Elena Kulevnich
Anna Maylis
This section will help you to understand what criteria your initiative should meet, what our requirements for initiators are, and what financial and professional support you can receive.
A committee of representatives from the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs and Limmud FSU will select the best initiatives. The results of the tender will be published by November 2020. Good luck!

Explore the terms and conditions for the initiatives tender
Check out the application form for the initiatives tender
Fill in the application form to submit your initiative
READY TO APPLY?
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Here you will learn about the main parts of the application and will be able to download a budget form for your initiative. The completed form must be attached to your application form.


About Electronic Application Form
Personal Details
  • First and family name
  • Residential address: county, state, city
  • Contact information: phone, email
  • CV
  • Information about the group of initiators (if relevant)

Initiative
This section will help us fully understand your idea for the initiative. Please provide as detailed a description as possible in the form below.

  • Description of initiative (7-10 sentences) If this is a repeat request for an initiative that is already being implemented in 2019-2020, please note this and describe the actual implementation and your plans.
  • Goals of the initiative (at least 2)
  • Central content / topics of the initiative
  • Main target audience (students, families, artists, ethnic community, etc.)
  • Estimated number of participants
  • Frequency of events /meetings (weekly, monthly, quarterly)
  • Preliminary schedule of the initiative including planning stages (monthly)
  • Cooperation with Jewish/Israeli organizations, communities, NGO's etc.
  • Estimated budget
  • Criteria for estimating success of the initiative
  • Experience in leading previous similar initiatives (if relevant)
  • Recommenders' contact details

Estimated budget

Download the budget form, fill it out and save it on your computer to attach it to the application form later. Include only the expenses relevant to your initiative.

If certain expenses (such as video/audio facilities) will be covered by the partner of your initiative, please note this in the comment column.

You will also be able to download the form while filling out the application form.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Preliminary schedule 2021

May 3 – August 3, 2020


Submitting initiatives to tender.


September – October 2020

Decision by a Joint Committee (Limmud FSU and the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs) on which initiatives to support. The Committee's response to the initiators.

The amount of financial support will differ for each initiative, depending on various considerations (number of events and participants, number of selected initiatives in the region, necessary expenses and expenses that can be reduced, etc.)


November – December 2020

Preparation for realization of initiatives:
  • detailed program and updated budget
  • marketing, recruitment of participants
  • lecturers, guest speakers
  • venues for meetings/activities, materials, etc.


January - December 2021

Implementation of initiatives.
Evaluation of initiatives: questionnaires will be prepared in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the initiatives in accordance with the goals of the Limmud FSU Community Labs project and the specific goals of the initiative.
    Initiators
    Tender applications can be submitted by individuals or groups;
    Initiators must meet the following criteria:


    • Experience of at least a year in organizing events/projects in the field of Jewish education.
    • Previous participation in events held by Jewish organizations, communities, NGO's, youth movements, Limmud FSU, etc.
    • Computer and social networking skills
    • Higher education (including third and fourth year students)
    • Currently employed in a position with a regular income (full or part–time)

    For initiatives that are proposed by a group of people, at least one person from the group must meet all the above criteria.

    It is preferable that the initiatives come from individuals or a group of people, rather than from an organization, although we welcome the cooperation of initiators associated with local Jewish or Israeli organizations.

    * Priority will be given to Limmud FSU volunteers.
    Initiatives

    The aim of the project is to attract as many young Russian-speaking people as possible, who do not currently participate regularly in Jewish activities, to its joint communal and educational activities and thus to develop their feeling of identity, both with the Jewish people and with the State of Israel

    Initiatives
    1. New projects especially designed for young Russian-speaking Jews (mostly in the 17-45 age cohort) who rarely participate in Jewish or Israeli events. It is possible to create a group of project for participants with different backgrounds.
    2. Adaptations of existing community projects for Russian-speaking audiences.
    3. Continuation or updating of a successful project that was not concluded or was terminated for various reasons.
    Support will not be given to existing projects that are already funded even if only partially.

    Possible Subjects
    1. Community – networking, creating and developing community activists and leadership groups.
    2. Jewish world - literature, poetry, theater, music, customs, traditions, rituals, history, philosophy, Jewish and Israeli texts, ethics, general culture, study of Diaspora and Jewish communities from both the local and global perspective
    3. The State of Israel: history, politics, culture, archeology, economics, sociology, demography, etc.
    4. The concept of Tikun Olam - imparting core Jewish values through activities on behalf of weaker or more deprived elements of society.

    Format
    Ongoing projects, with a certain frequency (once a week/once a month once a quarter, etc.) with a regular core participation at least 30 people in addition to other participants.

    Priority will be given to initiatives with a large number of participants and and those that are held with the cooperation of other Israeli and Jewish organizations.
        Financial Support
        Initiators who wish to continue to implement initiatives for which they received a grant in 2019-2020 are eligible to receive a grant for 2021 that does not exceed 80% of the support they received in the last year. If the scale of the initiatives or the number of events increases, this restriction will be reviewed.
        Professional Support
        • Regional coordinators of Limmud FSU Community Labs will accompany the initiators with professional and administrative support from the moment the initiative is submitted until its implementation.
        • Consultation and support of the initiator by a professional expert will be provided in accordance with the project and the needs of the initiator.
        • Seminars and workshops for Initiators. The purpose of such seminars will be to expand knowledge on relevant topics and develop skills for personal and professional development and the successful implementation of new projects. Participation in the seminars is compulsory. The venue for regional seminars will be designated in accordance with the cities in which the projects will be implemented. An alternative opportunity is to conduct an online seminar.
        APPLICATION FORM
        This application will help us fully understand your idea for the initiative. Please provide as detailed a description as possible in the form below.
        Please note: you must fill in the form in one session, you cannot save it and return to it at a later date.
        Information about the initiator
        First Name
        Last Name
        Country
        State
        City
        Phone Number (Including country & City code)
        E-mail
        Attach your CV
        Add file
         
        Please state if you are alone in this application or are one of a group of initiators
        If as a group, please elaborate about the other group members
         
        Information about the initiative
        Describe the ideas behind the initiative (up to 8 sentences)
        If this is a repeat application for an initiative that has already received support and is being implemented in 2019-2020, please mention this and write about the implementation of the initiative and your plans.
        Goals of the initiative (at least 2)
        Central topics of the initiative
         
        Main target audience (students, families, artists, ethnic community, etc.)
        Periodicity of planned events (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc. )
        Planned number of participants in each event.
        If the events will not have the same number of participants, please give details.
        Do you have plans to collaborate with Jewish/Israeli communities, organizations, etc.
        If yes, describe which organization/s and what does the collaboration involve?
        Schedule of the initiative, including the preparatory phase (by months)
        What would you considered a success of the initiative?
        Are you already involved in a similar project?
        If yes, describe the project and the reasons for submitting it
        Provide the contact information of two people who can give you recommendations
         
        Budget form download
        Fill out the estimated budget and attach to this application below
        Initiators
        Tender applications can be submitted by individuals or groups;
        Initiators must meet the following criteria:


        • Experience of at least a year in organizing events/projects in the field of Jewish education.
        • Previous participation in events held by Jewish organizations, communities, NGO's, youth movements, Limmud FSU, etc.
        • Computer and social networking skills
        • Higher education (including third and fourth year students)
        • Currently employed in a position with a regular income (full or part–time)

        If the initiative is being presented by a group of people, at least one person from the group must meet all the above criteria.

        It is preferable that the initiatives come from individuals or a group of people, rather than from an organization, although we welcome the cooperation of initiators associated with local Jewish or Israeli organizations.

        * Priority will be given to Limmud FSU volunteers.
        Initiatives

        The aim of the project is to attract as many young Russian-speaking people as possible, who do not currently participate regularly in Jewish activities, to its joint communal and educational activities and thus to develop their feeling of identity, both with the Jewish people and with the State of Israel.

        Initiatives
        1. New projects especially designed for young Russian-speaking Jews (mostly in the 17-45 age cohort) who rarely participate in Jewish or Israeli events. It is possible to create a group of project for participants with different backgrounds.
        2. Adaptations of existing community projects for Russian-speaking audiences.
        3. Continuation or updating of a successful project that was not concluded or was terminated for various reasons.

        Support will not be given to existing projects that are already funded even if only partially.

        Possible Subjects
        1. Community – networking, creating and developing community activists and leadership groups.
        2. Jewish world - literature, poetry, theater, music, customs, traditions, rituals, history, philosophy, Jewish and Israeli texts, ethics, general culture, study of Diaspora and Jewish communities from both the local and global perspective
        3. The State of Israel: history, politics, culture, archeology, economics, sociology, demography, etc.
        4. The concept of Tikun Olam - imparting core Jewish values through activities on behalf of weaker or more deprived elements of society.

        Format
        Ongoing projects, with a certain frequency (once a week/once a month once a quarter, etc.) with a regular core participation at least 30 people in addition to other participants. Priority will be given to initiatives with a large number of participants and held with the cooperation of other Israeli and Jewish organizations.

        Priority will be given to initiatives with a large number of participants and held with the cooperation of other Israeli and Jewish organizations.

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