2018 BJH Foundation Grant Awards


BJH Foundation is proud to announce $265,000 in grant awards for 2018. This year marks the twelfth grant cycle for BJH Foundation, bringing the total to $2.4 million in grants awarded over the years.

According to Wendee Cutler, Executive Director, BJH Foundation, “Caring for a loved one can be overwhelming to say the least. Everyone needs time off to rest, rejuvenate and regain strength for the difficult task of managing a personal life and the needs of the loved one who has various struggles. BJH Foundation is aware of these needs and has focused a large percentage of the 2018 grant funds to the Health & Wellness (Case Management) programs that address these needs as well as many more.”

Jewish communities are recognized as being inclusive, welcoming, supportive havens for all people. In recent decades, the subject of mental and physical illness has become less taboo. Times continue to change for the better and communities are awakening to the needs for support of those suffering. This may include the individual with the special need or the family member tending to their needs.

The feeling of isolation can be especially hard on family members suffering, as well as those caring for these beloved individuals. Some people or family members may suffer from various aspects of mental and or physical health needs that are not discussed openly. The family care provider needs as much support as the individual with the special need. Finally, the secret is coming out of the box.

Many communities have started programs that help with these issues and various organizations provide many acts of Mitzvot. Often, the program is hosted by a Jewish Family Service, Temple or Synagogue. For the care provider, it opens the door to share their experiences, gain perspective and hopefully receive needed support and help in managing the entire situation.

The grants provided by BJH Foundation serve North and South Carolina in support of Jewish adults.

Do you recognize some of the 2018 recipients and their programs?

2018 BJH Foundation Grant Recipients

North Carolina

Asheville Jewish Community Center, Asheville – Making Jewish Connections with Isolated  Jewish Seniors through Shabbat and Other Jewish Holidays

Jewish Family Services of WNC, Asheville – Case Management

Elder Club Group Respite – Asheville

Elder Club Group Respite – Hendersonville

Mental Health Services

Beth David Synagogue, Greensboro – Vatikim

Creative Aging Network – NC, Greensboro – Fostering a Creative Community of Jewish Elders

Jewish Family Services, Greensboro – Congregational Nurse

Enhancing Social Work and Case Management

Enhancing Volunteer Services for Older Adults

Chai Notes

Temple Emanuel, Greensboro – Friendship Circle

Temple Emanuel, Winston-Salem – L’Dor V’Dor: Multi-generational Programs with Seniors

Jewish Family Services of Greater Charlotte, Charlotte – Case Management for Jewish in Greater Charlotte

Sandra and Leon Levine Jewish Community Center, Charlotte – 50+ Holistic Wellness Program

Temple Beth El, Charlotte – S.P.I.C.E. (Special Programs of Interest and Concern for   Elders)

Temple Kol Tikvah of Lake Norman, Davidson – You Belong Here – An Emerging Jewish  Center for Senior Programing

Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill, Durham – Jewish Family Services Mitzvah Corp

Jewish Family Services Project Kavod

Beth Israel Congregation, Fayetteville – Shabbat Spiritual Lyft

Temple B’nai Sholem, New Bern – Sunshine, Pastoral Care and Beyond

Raleigh-Cary Jewish Community Center, Raleigh – JCC Travels (Group Transportation for Seniors) Socialization Programs for Seniors

Raleigh-Cary Jewish Family Services, Raleigh – JFSGO Senior Transportation Services

Senior Connections (Geriatric Case Management)

Temple Beth Or, Raleigh – Staying in Touch – Fellowship Programs for Jewish Seniors

South Carolina

Brith Sholom Beth Israel, Charleston – Senior Outreach 2018

Charleston Jewish Family Services, Charleston – Senior Outreach Initiative

Beth Shalom Synagogue, Columbia – Tuesdays with Friends Senior Lunch & Social

Jewish Family Services, Columbia – Senior Transportation Network

Temple Emanu-El, Myrtle Beach, SC- Enhancing the Religious and Cultural Experience for “Seniors by the Sea”

BJH Foundation funds programs helping improve lives of Jewish adults while connecting people with needed services. Many times Jewish adults with varying degrees of mental and or physical health issues benefit from BJH Foundation grants awarded throughout North and South Carolina.

For more information about BJH Foundation visit www.bjhfoundation.org or contact Wendee Cutler (336) 854-8400 or email wcutler@carolinajewishseniors.org.