Synagogue Council of Massachusetts is excited to announce the 2021/5781 roll-out of our AREV-MA granting initiative. In its third year, this initiative honors the memory and legacy of Anita Redner z”l and reflects Synagogue Council’s mission to support and strengthen synagogues as vital centers of Jewish life. May the memory of Anita Redner be for a blessing.

The original AREV-MA (Anita Redner Empowerment Vehicle) granting initiative was designed to encourage the cultivation of innovative leadership models in congregational settings by providing synagogues with funding for the development of new programming around young leadership (of any gender) and women’s mentorship and leadership. While Synagogue Council continues to encourage proposals based on these themes, given the continuing challenges of today’s world, the AREV-MA granting initiative has been expanded to provide support for new initiatives that seek to increase and enhance engagement for any groups who have traditionally been underserved by synagogues, as well as those who are currently underserved as a result of Covid-19.

AREV-MA seeks to award at least three grants.

Completed grant proposals are due on March 22, 2021 by email.

2020 AREV Recipients
Havurat Shalom: Havurat Shalom Leader’s Guide

Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue: Ki Koleich Arev: Bring Sweet Voices into Davening

Temple Israel of Natick: Enhanced Virtual Learning: Congregational Thematic Project Based
Learning Opportunities

2019 AREV Recipients
Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills: Exhibition Shoah: How was it humanly possible?

Washington Square Minyan: What Happens in Synagogue: Learning to Lein, Daven and

Temple Israel of Natick: Next Generation Leadership Initiative