The Aviv Revolving Loan Fund supports growth and vitality in the Reconstructionist movement. Aviv means “spring” in Hebrew, and this fund was established through the generosity of anonymous donors to promote fresh, energizing initiatives.
Congregations and havurot that have affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities at any level—Enter, Engage or Invest—can apply for these no-interest loans of up to $20,000
Aviv Loans are no-interest with a three-year term; up to two loans will be disbursed each year. Stage One application deadline for 2014-15 is January 16, 2015.
These PDF documents provide valuable background:
- Full description of the fund, the application process, the loan terms, and the timing
- Sample application narratives and related budgets
Stage One application
Here’s a statement from the leaders of Or Haneshamah in Ontario, the first community to receive a loan:
“After 25 years as a member-led Reconstructionist community, we decided to take the monumental step of hiring our first permanent rabbi. Fortuitously, at the same time we learned about the Aviv Loan Program. Our membership enthusiastically endorsed our application.
“For us, the loan has had two important impacts. First, it eases the financial burden for our members. It means that we have time to grow membership to support this new cost, as opposed to having to increase our membership fees dramatically. Second, it helps us manage our cash flow. Having the cushion of the Aviv loan allows us to plan for our future, instead of always having to worry about how we can afford it."
Questions? Please contact Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman, loan fund manager, at AvivLoans@rrc.edu.