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YES Fund

The YES Fund (Youth, Education, and Special Projects) represents the collective financial efforts of individual donors and WRJ-affiliated sisterhoods to strengthen the Reform Movement and ensure the future of Reform Judaism. YES Fund grants provide Reform Jewish institutions and individuals worldwide with the tools necessary for religious, social, and educational growth and enhance Jewish life by supporting clergy, cultivating women's leadership, advocating for social justice, providing programming, and offering support.

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The History of the YES Fund

 

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The YES Fund was named in 1955, but the tzedakah roots of WRJ that initially were centered around rabbinic scholarships date to 1913, the same year the organization was founded. Over the past century, the YES Fund has raised millions of dollars through a combination of dedicated campaigns and product sales for projects including: building the dormitory at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati and the URJ Headquarters in New York, establishing the Jewish Braille Institute (JBI International), founding the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), and helping to create the first URJ camp.

The YES Fund trains future leaders of Reform Judaism by providing scholarships for rabbinical and cantorial students, supporting youth and social justice, and strengthening the Movement in Israel and around the world.

With your support, the YES Fund will continue to grow Reform institutions, fund clergy, and inspire youth. Inspired by the past and committed to the future, your gift builds on our 100-year legacy and keeps Reform Judaism vibrant.

Through the YES Fund, WRJ is able to harness the collective efforts of our sisterhoods and our individual donors to advance our mission of strengthening Reform Judaism in North America, in Israel, and around the world.