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Biberstein Social Action Fund

Annual social action grants available

Ernie and Hannah Biberstein

Nonprofit organizations are invited to submit applications to the Biberstein Social Action Fund for grants in support of projects addressing poverty, discrimination, abuse and neglect issues in Yolo County.

The fund was established in 2002 by the Board of Directors of Congregation Bet Haverim, Jewish Fellowship of Davis, to honor Ernie and Hannah Biberstein, who are among the founding members of the synagogue. The Bibersteins are longtime residents and have devoted much of their lives to community service and social justice. We mourn the loss of Hannah, who passed away in April 2011.

The goal of the annual awards made from the Biberstein Social Action Fund is to help groups in their efforts to meet unfulfilled needs. Special consideration is given to new and/or innovative projects.

An annual Call for Proposals is released each September. Grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 are awarded in December. A committee of Bet Haverim congregants reviews grant applications.  Current Biberstein Fund committee members are congregants Ernie Biberstein, Amy Abramson, Anne Gieseke, Sandy Jones, Joan Sublett, Shoshana Zatz, and Rabbi Greg Wolfe.

Download the 2018 Grant Application HERE.  Completed applications, or questions, should be emailed to . Grant proposals must be submitted no later than October 5, 2018

Completed applications and questions may be directed to the Biberstein Social Action Fund at .

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The Bibersteins were among the founders of Davis Community Meals, where they served as board members and officers. They are also active in a variety of interfaith groups including the Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network and Celebration of Abraham, which brings together Jews, Muslims, and Christians. They were recipients of the Brinley Award for community service, the Thong Hy Huynh Memorial Humanitarian Award, and the PeaceForce Award by Teach Peace.  In 2016, Ernie received a Justice Leadership Award from the Multi-Cultural Council in Yolo County.

Ernie Biberstein is a professor emeritus of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Hannah Biberstein was a mediator in the original city of Davis mediation program, chaired the city's Social Services Commission, and served on the Affordable Housing Task Force.

In 2017, the following grants totaling $13,500 were awarded:

Ark Preschool - Listening Station for math and literacy

Citizens Who Care - Education and training for caregivers

Mercer Veterinary Clinic – Clinic trailer repairs and renovation

Personal Care Pantry (Woodland Methodist Church) – Personal care items for low-income individuals and families

Yolo Community Care Continuum – Wraparound mental health support services

Suicide Prevention of Yolo County – SOS – Signs of Suicide program

Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network – Programs for migrant farmworker families

NorCal Trykers – Adaptive tricycles for children with disabilities

Meals on Wheels – Comfort Sack project for seniors

Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter – Furniture, lighting, outdoor canopy, and port-a-potty for the shelter intake.

Make It Happen for Yolo County – Beds for youth transitioning to independent living from foster care.

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