The Jewish Innovation
Last year, with the help of my advisory committee, we created “ReJewvenate @ Pardes”, a grant to cover tuition at Pardes’ summer program. The only condition: to be over 40 and not had “immersive Jewish learning”. The idea: to acknowledge and encourage the fact that many of us come later in life to Jewish life; that “life begins at 40”, and that growing Jewishly should never stop.
In addition, “we need to leave our young adults with a clear message, that after 40 – you’re not screwed, because they too, like us, will reach that noble old age one day, and they should know that Jewish life isn’t over then; in fact, we’ve only just begun.”
What Will You Do with the Money?
1. To upgrade and continue to maintain ReJewvenate’s website; seeking existing programs; creating platforms to network and promoting the opportunities available for the 40 plus age group. There is no charge for my work, only for the webmaster, at about $100-200/month.
2. Continue to offer the “ReJewvenate @ Pardes” grant to more applicants (last year we had one. This year we’re able to fund two). Pardes has been chosen currently as an optimal experience because of its location (Jerusalem) and accessible program to English speakers of all learning levels. The 3 weeks program includes half a day travel in the area each week.