Building our community
Annual social action grants available.
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 group of Bet Haverim congregants reviews grant applications. Current Biberstein Fund members are congregants Ernie Biberstein, Amy Abramson, Anne Gieseke, Sandy Jones, Joan Sublett, Shoshana Zatz, and Rabbi Greg Wolfe.
Questions may be directed to the Biberstein Social Action Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2018, the following grants totaling $15,050 were awarded:
Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter – Overnight supervisors at emergency shelter
Make it Happen for Yolo County – Small appliances for underserved and/or at-risk youth
Meals on Wheels Yolo County – Grocery to support Weekend Food Project for low-income Davis seniors
Mercer Vet Clinic – Medical devices for exams and procedures for pets of homeless community members
Our House Café/Purple Tree Cafe – Staff and uniforms for staff operating the coffee cart
Personal Care Pantry / Woodland UMC– Personal care items for low-income Woodland residents and Madison Migrant Camp.
Suicide Prevention of Yolo County – SOS Signs of Suicide program at Davis schools.
Yolo Community Care Continuum – Matching funds to support housing for individuals with mental illness.
Yolo Food Bank – Kids Farmer’s Market Program
Yolo Hospice – YoloCare program to provide community-based palliative care for frail elderly.
Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network – Materials and food for Davis Migrant Center programs.