GatherDC is going national. The Washington-based organization that seeks to help Jews in their 20s and 30s connect to Jewish life and to each other is one of eight recipients of grants totaling $24 million from The Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund Aligned Grant Fund, or JCRIF, it was announced today.
GatherDC’s three-year “Reset grant” will support the national launch of Gather, Inc., to spread what the announcement called Gather’s “bold vision for relational, people-centric approaches to Jewish life.”
“Whether you’re looking for Jewish events, people, synagogues, housing, jobs, rabbis, kosher food, or anything in between – we connect you,” GatherDC says on its website.
Grant funders include Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies; Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Supporting Foundation; Jim Joseph Foundation; Maimonides Fund and The Paul E. Singer Foundation.
GatherDC’s national expansion comes at a time “when an increasing number of people are seeking to connect deeply and authentically with others; privilege relationships over memberships; and desire meaningful, personal connections with clergy and peers,” according to the statement.
“Gather is now positioned to take the knowledge and lessons of its last ten years in DC and systematically impact organizations, communities and individuals nationwide.”