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The Special Initiatives Fund

Support for Local Klezmer Music

The IAUJC Special Initiatives Fund was established to invite and support initiatives which enrich the Jewish community yet fall outside of IAUJC’s usual allocations to local Jewish institutions (the Temples, Hillels, etc.) with funds raised through the annual campaign.

The Special Initiatives Fund invites proposals for short-term, often time-limited projects requiring limited funding. Examples include support toward bringing a Yiddish theatre ensemble to Ithaca; improvement to the Jewish section of the local cemetery; funding for the first Jewish Summer Camp Fair; and assistance with an Israeli film festival at Ithaca College. Grants have been in the $500-$1,500 range, with the assumption that continuing needs would be requested through the annual, local allocation process.

Requests are considered by the IAUJC board as received, with responses within a month. An informal chat with Howard Erlich, chair of the Allocations Committee, is welcome before submitting a formal fund request. Contact Howard at

Please consider making a donation to the Special Initiatives Fund; click here to do so.