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Rabbi Saperstein: "We are very grateful for the Kovler family's generosity and support in building bridges between Blacks and Jews - and are immensely pleased to support these programs."

Contact: Eric Harris
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 12, 2011 -- The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism announced the recipients of the Kovler Black-Jewish Microgrant Program during the Consultation on Conscience, the Reform Movement's flagship public policy conference. Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center issued the following statement:

As part of the Religious Action Center's 50th Anniversary celebration, we were pleased to announce the first-ever recipients of the Kovler Black-Jewish Microgrant Program. This program is meant to promote quality programming and activities that enhance Black-Jewish relations.

The funding for these grants is made available by the Majorie Kovler Black-Jewish Institute, a project of the Religious Action Center. We are very grateful for the Kovler family's generosity and support in building bridges between Blacks and Jews - and are immensely pleased to support these programs. We congratulate the following recipients for developing activities and actions aimed at strengthening links and common ground between African Americans and Jews:

- Albany Civil Right's Institute (ACRI): Temple B'nai Israel of New Albany, Georgia will join ACRI in a Community Night. The topic for the evening is Jewish-African American Relations during the Civil Rights Movement and Prof. Hasia Diner will be the keynote speaker.

- Congregation Beth Israel of Carmel Valley: Congregation Beth Israel will partner with the Monterey Peninsula Gospel Community Choir to co-host a Jewish/Gospel Mash-Up.

- Boston Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC): Working with select youth from synagogues and NFTY Chapters and African American youth community organizations and churches, the Boston JCRC launched the Y MORE (Youth of Massachusetts Organizing for a Reform Economy), a leadership-training program for Black and Jewish teens who want to engage in community organizing.

- Loyola Marymount University: LMU's Jewish Social Services is developing a relationship with the Office of Black Student Services. They have cohosted and will continue to co-host joint programming, including a Black-Jewish seder, a film screening and roundtable discussions.

- Cultural Leadership: Supporting their ongoing work, Cultural Leadership is a nonprofit youth educational leadership development organization educating St. Louis area high-school students through the lens of the Jewish and African American experience to become social action activists.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1,800 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.



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