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Consul general presents Israel’s first ‘social impact grant’ to 3 Minneapolis organizations

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Israel's Consul General to the Midwest Yinam Cohen (2nd from R) presents a social impact grant to the Minnesota STEM Partnership on December 8, 2021. (Israeli Consulate in Chicago)
Israel's Consul General to the Midwest Yinam Cohen (2nd from R) presents a social impact grant to the Minnesota STEM Partnership on December 8, 2021. (Israeli Consulate in Chicago)

Israel’s consul general to the US Midwest presents the country’s first ever social impact grants to three grassroots organization in Minneapolis as Jerusalem looks to make inroads with diverse communities across the US.

Three $5,000 checks have been presented to A Mother’s Love, which works to prevent gun violence in the Twin Cities; Minnesota STEM Partnership, which provides people of color with opportunities in math and science; and Her Time to Play, a WNBA-affiliated group empowering young women to develop life skills through basketball. They were selected from applications submitted by hundreds of organizations.

“These three Minnesotan grassroots organizations reflect a value that is also important in Israeli society: looking out for each other and looking out for others,” says Consul General of Israel to the Midwest Yinam Cohen in a statement.

After presenting the grants to the three groups, Cohen meets with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. After which, he says, “it’s clear that our visions for community-centered change are aligned. So, we are excited for the road ahead, paved by Israel and Minnesota’s shared values of social impact.”

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