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Jew-It-Yourself Grants

"I'd love to share some of my Sephardic culinary culture with my freshman floor. Can Hillel fund a Sephardic cooking class for us during midterms?"

"I'd love to have Shabbat dinner in my dorm or apartment, but I don't have the $$ or time to buy food and meal prep :( can Hillel help me?"

"Hanukkah's during finals AGAIN?! I know I'll be missing celebrating with my family and would love to do something special with my friends. Can Hillel help?

The answer is YES!!!

As a Jewish young adult, it is important to figure out how to make Jewish practice and customs relevant to our own lives. We here at WashU Hillel want to make sure that you, yes, YOU, can do it yourself. Or as we like to say - Jew-It-Yourself! 

Create Jewish programming for your friends that's meaningful and exciting to you by applying for a Jew-It-Yourself Grant! Sign up below. We have shortened our application process for Hanukkah & Finals for December 2018! You'll receive your approval within two days from our Nachshon Va'ad, a group of student interns that supervise allocation.

THE STEPS:

  1. Apply via the form below. You will receive a confirmation email.
  2. You’ll hear back from the student committee in charge of grant allocations, The Nachshon Va’ad, within 2 weeks.
  3. BEFORE YOUR EVENT, make sure to keep all receipts to be able to get a reimbursement.
  4. AT YOUR EVENT, make sure to keep an attendance list to be able to get a reimbursement.
  5. AT YOUR EVENT, make sure to take 3-5 pictures (unless it’s on a holiday where you or your attendees do not take photos for religious reasons).
  6. Within 1 week after the event, fill out a reimbursement form to submit your attendance list, receipts, and photos. You will receive a confirmation email.
  7. Your reimbursement will be processed and sent within 2 weeks of your reimbursement submission.

Jew-It-Yourself Grant FAQ

  1. How much money can I apply for?

    You may apply for up to $10/person for a non-meal program, and up to $15/person for a program that includes a meal. Hillel's money can not be used for alcohol, even if attendees are over 21.

  2. Who can apply for these funds?

    Any WashU student that wishes to create a Jewish program or experience on campus may apply.

  3. Who is looking over my grant requests?

    The Jew-It-Yourself Grants are overseen by the Nachshon Va'ad. The Va'ad is a select group of students participating in WashU Hillel's Nachshon Internship, a prestigious year-long internship where students receive intensive Hillel support and Jewish learning to fill a need they have identified in Jewish life on campus. This year's Nachshon Va'ad members are Peri Feldstein '19 (pfeldstein@wustl.edu), Bryan Wilensky '20 (bwilensky@wustl.edu), and Nate Turk '19 (nateturk@wustl.edu). The Nachshon Va'ad is supervised by Hillel's Assistant Director Miriam Ross-Hirsch (miriam@washuhillel.org). You can learn more about the Nachshon Internship and the Va'ad at washuhillel.org/Nachshon.

  4. Do I need to do anything special for reimbursement?

    YES! Please make sure to review all application instructions - you'll need to submit photos, event attendance, and receipts to receive reimbursement. Instructions will be sent to you.

  5. Wow! This is great! Does WashU Hillel have other similar funding opportunities?

    Yes! On November 19, 2018, receive a stipend, support, a special gift, and more while hosting a Shabbat with your friends as part of Shabbat Around WashU. We also have a similar program called Do Your Own Seder during Passover!

Jew-It-Yourself Grant Application
First Name
Last Name
Questions to think about: Why are you hosting this event? Who will it be for? What will you be doing?
Note we currently have a 2 day approval turnaround time for Nov & Dec 2018.
Please include all costs you might expect to incur for this event, and any explanations necessary.
If you've got it, that's fine - but you can always let us know if you'd like our Campus Rabbi, Nachshon Va'ad, or any professional staff support! We are here for you.