Becker Mini-Grant Sample Programs

It is easy for Bay Area synagogues to apply for a Becker Mini-Grant supporting adult education opportunities. Click here for a listing of local scholars and educators that you can consider asking to speak at your synagogue. And if you are seeking further examples, mini-grants have been awarded to the following synagogues for adult education programs with an emphasis on reaching parents of school-aged children:

  • Peninsula Temple Sholom (Burlingame), for Shomrei Adamah, a multi-session adult learning program about Judaism and the environment.

  • Congregation Beth David (Saratoga) for classes for religious school parents that combine Jewish spiritual teaching and yoga.

  • Congregation Beth Emek (Pleasanton) for parent education for the deaf Jewish community, specifically focusing on Jewish values and ethics.

  • Congregation B´nai Tikvah (Walnut Creek) for Conversations With Our Children in a Difficult World, a three-session program for parents.

  • Congregation Beth Chaim (Danville) for Songs of Our Hearts, a parallel learning program for religious school parents.

  • Temple Isaiah (Lafayette) for a parallel learning program for parents of teens.

  • Congregation Ner Shalom (Cotati) for learning opportunities for parents of young children.

  • Congregation Netivot Shalom (Berkeley) for an evening of learning about the relationship to wine in Judaism.

  • Or Shalom Jewish Community (San Francisco) for Enchanted Journey with Piyut, built around exploring Jewish sacred song.

  • Congregation Shir Hadash (Los Gatos) for Experiencing Jewish Culture, looking at the Jewish experience through the lens of the arts, language, and food.