At this time, I regretfully announce the resignation of Shari Edelstein. Shari has decided to step down from her position as Executive Director of the 18Pomegranates Foundation and will no longer be working in this capacity after April 1, 2013. I would like to extend my sincere and hearty thank you to Shari for 5 years of dedication and hard work on behalf of 18Pomegranates. Shari has been an asset not only to the foundation, but has been instrumental in supporting growth and collaboration in the Boulder Jewish community in her position with the foundation.
As President and Founder of 18 Pomegranates, I have decided not to replace Shari at this time. As I have essentially relocated and no longer call Boulder home, I will be re-evaluating the mission of the 18Pomegranates Private Foundation in the near future. Future grant making may not focus (as it has up till now) on the local Boulder Jewish Community. There will always be a place in my heart for the awesome people who live in this special place called Boulder, Colorado.
18Pomegranates will honor all present grants and partnerships in which it has a relationship. If your organization has a multi-year commitment from 18Pomegranates, it will be reviewed on an annual basis, up until the year that the original agreement states. The foundation will be in contact with each organization that it supports in early 2013 to clarify my future funding intentions.
All current initiatives of 18Pomegranates, BET (Boulder Educators Team), the annual Chidush educator workshop, Jewish Together-Boulder and the Seed Council will be operating as they are through the calendar year of 2013. I will be in exploratory sessions with stakeholders in this community as to the possibilities and various opportunities that this new reality may bring. Note: As always, 18Pomegranates will not consider unsolicited proposals.
At this time, I wish you and yours all the best in this Chanukah season. May the light from all our candles shine upon all of you and those you love.
With heartfelt thanks and blessings,
Francine Lavin Weaver
President and Founder of 18Pomegranates Foundation