Beit Tefilah Israeli

Beit Tefilah Israeli
Program Name: 
Open Tent Shabbat and Holidays: Israeli-Judaism in the Public Sphere
Grant Year: 
2015
Grant Type: 
Israel
Grant Amount: 
$200,000
Interest Area: 
Jewish Identity
Grant Purpose: 

Open Tent Shabbat and Holidays: Israeli-Judaism in the Public Sphere will serve nearly 100,000 Israelis per year through free, non-synagogue-based, inclusive Shabbat and holiday services in the public sphere.

Description: 

Founded in 2004, Beit Tefilah Israeli is an inclusive Jewish-Israeli grassroots community offering meaningful Jewish-cultural ritual, study and community life to the general Israeli public.  It works to provide a variety of liberal and egalitarian Jewish-Israeli community gatherings and programming for Shabbat and holiday services, lifecycle events and Jewish-Israeli identity exploration.  While its summer Shabbat and holiday public sphere programs are at its core, Beit Tefilah also celebrates weekly Shabbat services throughout the year at its home in central Tel Aviv, engages the community in social action programs, provides workshops for IDF officers, conducts education programming in schools and works to expose other communities to its innovative style of prayer.

Grant Quote: 

"This generous Foundation grant supports Beit Tefilah Israeli’s flagship program, Open Tent Shabbat and Holidays: Israeli-Judaism in the public sphere, where people can explore their Jewish identity through visionary and compelling experiences.” -Rabbi Esteban Gottfried, Director and Co-Founder, Beit Tefilah