Lippman Kanfer Foundation celebrates 50th Anniversary by Launching New National Prize

June 2, 2016

Source: eJewish Philanthropy


Fifty years ago, an Akron business couple made the decision to start a small foundation to carry out their commitment to and passion for tzedakah. Today, what Goldie and Jerry Lippman began in 1966 has become a philanthropic enterprise that involves multiple generations of their nephew Joe Kanfer’s family. To mark this jubilee, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah is launching a prize competition to identify and recognize programs that help individuals and organizations access and apply Jewish wisdom in ways that enable them to live better lives and shape a better world.

Two first prizes of $18,000 will be awarded, recognizing one program of national or international scope and one program that operates locally or regionally. Two additional programs in each category will be selected for Honorable Mention and will receive $6,000 each. The Awards will be presented this November at a ceremony in New York, and all finalists and semi-finalists will be
profiled in an online portfolio

The Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom is founded upon the belief that applied Jewish wisdom can be a profound source of inspiration and guidance. By shining a spotlight on the incredible diversity of programs and projects that are successfully applying Jewish wisdom, the Foundation aims to encourage more organizations in the Jewish community to bring this approach to their work with creativity and intentionality.

The prize website, will feature curated descriptions of the projects submitted by applicants for the prizes and, where appropriate, videos, materials used in the projects, and first-hand accounts of participants, in order to provide rich portraits of the potent application of Jewish wisdom.

Nonprofit organization can submit an entry online before August 15, 2016. Programs in any area of Jewish life where Jewish teaching and practice are being used to help participants live better lives and shape a better world are eligible for the prizes, and applicants will be judged holistically on a variety of criteria that can be found on the prize website.

Read more at eJewish Philanthropy

Updated: Jun. 08, 2016