Refuah in Shmita

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Program Name:
Refuah in Shmita
Grant Type:
Reimagine Grants
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Established in 2019, Nefesh is a spiritual community based in Echo Park. It is an open-hearted and welcoming spiritual community opening the doorway to the wisdom, ritual, and melodies of the Jewish tradition. It operates a religious school.


To support professional development, leadership development, and staff wellness strategies responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on synagogue clergy, staff, and lay leadership.

Nefesh is grateful to the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles for recognizing the stresses that all of us have endured as we've worked to support our communities throughout the pandemic. The Foundation’s prioritization of mental health and well-being is the perfect level set providing an opportunity for Jewish organizations like Nefesh to take a pause, take inventory, and recognize that we need the tools and space to process the trauma we have been managing for over an year. Even the process for applying to the grant was cathartic for our team and we welcomed the opportunity to take a breathe and reassess what support we, as staff, are in need of. These pandemic times provided an opportunity to reflect on how we connect with our community and meet their needs. There are meaningful learnings to draw forward from these times and the grant will give us the chance to do some of the reflecting and integration before charging forward.

Rebecca Howard
Executive Director