illuminate an evolving jewish community that radiates possibility

Jewish Life

Supporting an evolving Jewish community that radiates possibility.

Our North Star

Through innovation and collaboration, we’re working toward a Jewish Rochester that honors the past to reimagine our future.

The Spark

Jewish Rochester is thriving, but demographics and lifestyles are changing. We see this as a great opportunity for our community to evolve into a beacon of innovation and strength. Through innovation, institutions, individuals, and Israel, let’s achieve this together.


Think bigger and brighter with new ways to support our community, plus:

  • Optimize resources for greater efficiency by reducing redundant services
  • Combat antisemitism by celebrating Judaism and educating our community with knowledge
  • Encourage risk takers to bring us bold, visionary ideas that can help us reimagine our future


Jewish institutions are the bedrock to our community. That’s why we want to provide the support they need to evolve, plus:

  • Reimagine our community to build on its strengths so it’s well poised for the future
  • Offer general operating support to alleviate financial pressures and give space to reflect and explore
  • Provide additional support to strengthen business practices in areas such as: finance, technology, facilities, sustainability, development, and learning


It’s the people who make our community thrive. That’s why we’re making a commitment to actively listen and:

  • Facilitate gatherings where everyone feels comfortable opening up and sharing their voices
  • Better understand the diverse needs of our community to identify new ideas and insights for the future
  • Create a new place and space to develop and explore different ideas


Israel is a beacon of hope and light for many and an important connection to Jewish heritage. That’s why it’s so important for us to continue to foster this connection and:

  • Build opportunities for community members to travel to Israel
  • Bring Israel to our community through cultural initiatives and business
  • Expand education about Israel

A vibrant community of connection. Let’s do it.

Have an idea for how to celebrate and evolve our Jewish community so it keeps thriving? We can’t wait to hear it.

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Michael Zimmerman

Program Officer

(585) 479-4468

Request for Proposal

The Foundation accepts and reviews grants for its Jewish Life giving program on a rolling basis, so there is no deadline to apply. Learn more about our areas of focus, decision making, eligibility and reporting requirements, and submission process.

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Request for Proposal (RFP)

Strategy Webinar

Gain a deeper understanding of the Foundation’s Jewish Life giving strategy and how your organization can work with us to honor the past and reimagine our future. This recorded webinar shares why our giving strategy has changed, the new framework and criteria for giving, and how to most effectively partner with us.

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Strategy Webinar

Strategy Slide Deck

Our recorded webinar covers a lot of ground! Click below to download the slide deck we presented so you can follow along, take notes, or reference later.

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Strategy Slide Deck

Frequently Asked Questions

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More information can be found on our Grantseeker Resources page. Or give us a call.