Sparks ignites regional improvement schemes

August 13, 2009

Awards totalling £95,000 to advance Jewish life in the regions have been announced by Sparks — the Clore Jewish Development Fund — and the Jewish Community Centre for London.

Fourteen projects spanning education, regeneration, youth and outreach work have been backed with sums ranging from £2,000 to just under £10,000. The applications were considered by a panel including Baroness Neuberger and JCC chief executive Nick Viner.

Among the beneficiaries is a University Jewish Chaplaincy scheme for social activities in Nottingham, Leeds Cambridge and Brighton. Money has also gone to a JLGB roadshow in small communities and a project at Liverpool’s King David High for families to make films about their Mersey Jewish roots.

Glasgow’s Cosgrove Care has received funding towards a family day showcasing educational and cultural activities and East Anglian synagogues are getting cash for a Jewish music and drama festival.

Baroness Neuberger said that being on the panel had given her an insight into “how rich Jewish life is around the country and how much people are doing that is inspirational”.

Last updated: 11:18am, August 13 2009