The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation has made grants totaling $1,195,000 to support 31 projects in the category of “Jewish Life” that address the needs of children, teenagers, adults, seniors, and disabled populations.
“We received scores of applications for important, worthy initiatives,” said Theresa Mazzullo, chair of the Foundation board’s grants committee. “From them, the trustees decided on a range of projects that truly span the demographics of our local Jewish community.”
The grants announced to applicants this week include those to:
*The Adoption Place at the Jewish Family Service of Rochester, which intends to increase the number of adoptive families who receive support and guidance through the adoption process.
*The “Consider College” project, an academic and career mentoring project of the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Rochester Section. This project provides selected Rochester City School District students with academic and career counseling support from grades 6 through 12.
*A B’nai Mitzvah ceremony and celebration for individuals with development disabilities, to be held by the congregations of Temple Beth El and Temple B’rith Kodesh with the guidance of a professional in the field of developmental disabilities.
*An expanded interpretive tour program, titled “Jewish Roots,” accompanied by preservation and restoration efforts in four of the older Jewish sections of Mount Hope Cemetery dating from 1848 through 1885, sponsored by Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery.
*A leadership skills program at Temple Emanuel for up to 100 Jewish teenagers designed to build service, volunteering, and civic participation among them.
*Scholarships and additional staff at Gan Israel Day Camp of Chabad Lubavitch of Rochester.
*Support of a NORC (naturally occurring retirement community) at Rustic Village. The initiative, sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Rochester, will coordinate a broad range of health care services, and social services to enable participation in Jewish life, for the seniors living there.
*Roc Echad, a program to engage Jewish community members between the ages of 25 and 50 to help them develop a commitment to creating Jewish households and to foster a unified community dialogue inclusive of all Jewish organizations and community members.
*University of Rochester Hillel, which would become an independent entity serving the university’s students. The independent Hillel will include a campus rabbi, extensive campus programming, and administrative leadership and support.
*The Family Resource Center at the Jewish Community Center, providing programs and services to children, families, adults, seniors, and special needs populations. This would be a joint project of JCC and the Jewish Family Service of Rochester.
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Residents of Rochester for virtually all of their lives, Max and Marian Farash cared deeply about their community. In 1988, they established the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation (www.farashfoundation.org), which makes grants to nonprofit organizations in Monroe and Ontario Counties, half of them for Jewish projects and programs.