Jewish Community Relations Council Awards 2 Grants

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation recently awarded $1,000 each to two organizations through its Tikkun Olam Community Impact Grant.

Akiva Academy received $1,000 for a school trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the National Holocaust Museum. Learning about the Holocaust is mandatory at Akiva, and visiting the museum and seeing the exhibits and the artifacts in person puts into perspective what the students learned in the classroom, a news release states. 

The students will also visit the African American History Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, presidential memorials and the Vietnam, WWII and Korean War Memorials.

Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past received $1,000 to screen the movie “Till,” which is about the murder of a 14-year-old Black youth who whistled at a white woman. Through discussion with Keith Beauchamp, the researcher, co-writer and co-producer of the film, students in Youngstown high schools will not only become more aware of the systemic racism that existed in this country in the mid-20th century but will also be made aware of the systemic racism that still pervades the U.S. today, the release states.

The Tikkun Olam Community Impact Grant was created to fund local, nonprofit organizations engaged in initiatives designed to combat antisemitism and other forms of discrimination. More information is available HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.