Nefesh B’Nefesh ‘Initiative for Zionist Innovation’ launches

Grants to be awarded to Olim looking to create change and improve Israeli society and the communities in which they reside.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Olim arrive in Israel with Nefesh B'Nefesh
Olim arrive in Israel with Nefesh B'Nefesh
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Nefesh B’Nefesh is opening applications for its 2019 “Initiative for Zionist Innovation” (IZI), together with the Steinmetz Herskovitz Family Fund. The initiative strives to support Olim committed to strengthening and improving their communities. Successful candidates may be eligible for a financial grant to assist in actualizing their projects.

Zionist activists and innovators have changed the face of Jewish history over the last 120 years. Through IZI, Nefesh B’Nefesh hopes to encourage Olim with a passion for community building and integration to pursue their creative ideas. Through mentorship, networking assistance, seed funding and logistical support, Olim will have an opportunity to help grow communities throughout the country and effect change within Israeli society.

“This year’s Initiative for Zionist Innovation is focused on empowering Olim to effect change within their own communities through Olim getting involved and creating positive changes on their immediate surroundings.” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh.

To be eligible for the Initiative for Zionist Innovation, candidates must have made or are making Aliyah from North America and the UK with a confirmed Aliyah date before January 1, 2019. Candidates must submit a mission statement for their initiative, a basic business plan and an explanation of how Nefesh B’Nefesh can help further these projects.

“The Steinmetz Herskovitz Family Fund believes in the potential of Olim to improve the communities they live in, because they have already done so in their previous Jewish communities”, said Marty Herskovitz, Oleh and Philanthropist. “We are certain that by providing them, in conjunction with Nefesh B’Nefesh, with seed money, organizational skills and a support network they will build vibrant, supportive and intellectually stimulating communities that will serve as a model for cities across Israel.”

Candidates will be chosen by a special committee consisting of community leaders and Nefesh B’Nefesh staff who will review the applications and award grants. Applications are now being accepted until January 31, 2019. Successful candidates will be announced by February 14, 2019. For more information, please visit: