Social Justice Scholarship Fund

Changing the World – One Experience at a Time

A core value of the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation is Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).  The Nancy Gordon Social Justice Fund was established to provide scholarships to teens and young adults up to age 25, to travel locally or abroad (Israel) to participate in a social justice focused program.

If you are interested in helping to support this program,  you can send donations or tribute gifts to: The Nancy Gordon Social Justice Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation.

Applications for 2020 will be due April 1, 2020.  Please fill out the Social Justice Experience Scholarship Application and email completed application to

Past Recipients

In 2019, the Scholarship Committee awarded one scholarship to an individual, Hannalee Isaacs, so she could participate this summer in the Religious Action Center L’Taken program. This program allows participants to be exposed to a variety of public policy issues and explore Jewish values that inform advocacy around the issues.

In 2018, the Scholarship Committee awarded one scholarship to a group of UNC Hillel students who participated in a week-long Alternative Spring Break service trip with Repair the World in Brooklyn, New York.  The students volunteered at two soup kitchens, two food pantries, two schools, an urban farm and a prison book project.  They visited the Tenement Museum and explored the history of Jews in New York City and Brooklyn.  They canvased for SNAP and explored Jewish food justice.  They experienced two Brooklyn Jewish communities for Shabbat and visited Moishe House in Park Slope.  The hands-on work and learning made quite an impact on the participants.