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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! You'll receive your approval within two weeks, so please make sure to submit in a timely manner!


  1. Apply via the form below. You will receive a confirmation email.
  2. You’ll hear back from a staff member 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.

WashU Hillel’s Jew-It-Yourself Grant Initiative is underwritten by the Kranzberg Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Jew-It-Yourself Grant FAQ

  1. How much money can I apply for?

    As is common with grant applications, we ask you to be intentional about what you are requesting and apply for what you need, and we will let you know what we are able to fund! Generally we can fund most, if not all, program costs. If you're ordering meals from a restaurant we likely can not cover the entire cost of the event, but help out some.
    Please note that Hillel's Jew-It-Yourself 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. The Nachshon Va'ad is supervised by Hillel's Assistant Director. You can learn more about the Nachshon Internship and the Va'ad at

  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! During the fall semester, you can sign up to receive a stipend, support, a special gift, and more while hosting a Shabbat with your friends as part of Shabbat Around WashU. During the spring semester, we have a similar program called Do Your Own Seder during Passover! Both of these programs offer additional funding and support beyond a regular Jew-It-Yourself grant.

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 ask for a 2 week turnaround time, but we can usually make shorter timelines work if you reach out to us!
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.