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The Jewish Community Foundation manages a number of Designated Funds, some of which provide funding through a competitive grant process.  Descriptions of each Fund are below. For more information, click on the related link. 

Paul Adelman Children with Disabilities Endowment Fund                                                            
The Paul Adelman Children with Disabilities Endowment Fund is a designated endowment of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. The Endowment Fund supports capital hands-on projects, primarily in Minnesota, that positively impact children with disabilities, their parents and caregivers. Primarily the Trustees are interested in capital expenditures and in projects impacting children with physical and developmental disabilities. The Fund generally makes grants in the fall of each year.

Grants will generally range from $5,000 to $100,000. Requests above $25,000 will typically be considered for multi-year funding. The chosen projects will be housed within a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Minnesota and will positively impact large numbers of children with disabilities (versus individuals) on a long-term basis.

Aronson & Associates Immigration Law Firm Fund – A designated endowment fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation, funds projects, programs and/or services that address issues related to the acculturation of new immigrants into our community. Preference is given to proposals impacting Minnesota and Minnesotans. Requests should be for support of special projects rather than ongoing operating support. Grants are made only to qualifying nonprofit organizations, not to individuals. The Fund generally makes its grants in the fall and spring of each year.

The Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund is named for the prominent Minneapolis couple Howard B. Brin and Ruth F. Brin. Mr. Brin (1919-1988) was a vital community leader, amateur violist and archeologist who participated in the archeological dig at Masada, Israel. Ruth F. Brin (1921-2009) wrote 13 published books including poetry, children's books, a memoir and a novel and was also an editor, teacher and nationally-recognized Jewish liturgist. Her prayers appear in Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist prayer books. Together, Howard and Ruth Brin believed the arts are an essential way to enhance Jewish identity for both the artist and the Jewish community. The fund is now a memorial to this vital couple.

The Fund serves to support artistic creativity with Jewish content. Applications emphasizing music, dance, literature, theater, visual arts and film from artists or institutions are welcome. The intended audiences may be Jewish, general or both but must be located within Minnesota, with a possible reach to the upper Midwest.

The application period for 2014 is now closed. The fund generally makes grants in the fall.

Winning Projects will be announced before Rosh Hashanah, by Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Click here to review previous winning projects.

Leah Kayless Ingber Designated Fund is a designated endowment fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and awards funds to Minnesota non-profits for projects, programs and/or services for children in immigrant families having difficulty adjusting and integrating into American society. The Fund’s focus is on the psychological concerns that inhibit their adjustment to new lives. 

The Fund was established to honor the memory of Leah Kayless Ingber, who immigrated to Minnesota in 1936 and lived here until her death in 1992.  Throughout her life, Leah was haunted by tremendous feelings of guilt for escaping the Holocaust while her four sisters and mother perished at the hands of the Nazis. Her family hopes that the Fund will help other immigrants work through their emotional issues in adapting to life in a new country. 

There will be no grants cycle for spring 2014.

Mount Sinai Community Foundation
The MSCF funds one-time projects up to $10,000 that fulfill the MSCF’s mission to improve health, enhance well-being, or otherwise advance medical care for Minnesota residents. MSCF gives equal consideration to proposals that impact the Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Minnesota. MSCF is especially interested in proposals that provide innovative approaches for addressing health, well-being or medical care that might not be funded by other grant sources. MSCF also gives priority to identifiable, discrete projects that the Foundation may fund alone or with other funding partners.

Through the generosity of the Frances & Samuel Finkelstein/Janice Finkelstein Mattison Memorial Fund, one of the grants funded will be in the area of cancer research and education. Organizations interested in securing the designated Memorial funds, should address the connection to cancer research and education in their application. 

Women’s Endowment Fund, a designated endowment fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation, funds proposals of up to $10,000 each for new and/or innovative projects, programs and/or services that enhance the lives of Twin Cities women and/or children in the Jewish community and beyond.


Questions related to any of the Designated Funds can be directed to

Questions related to funding for Israel programs can be directed to Eilat Harel, Israel Center Director, at or 952-417-2321.