Second round of Dorbrecht Grants awarded

In 2011 The National Coalition of Independent Scholars announced its administration of two new grant programs: the Dorbrecht Grants, which funds research in yogic thought, and the Dorbrecht Grant for Judaic Yoga. Both programs are funded by the Orphiflamme Foundation and The Opaline Fund of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, and provide independent scholars with financial assistance for research that engages with yogic thought or that explores relationships between aspects of the Jewish tradition and the philosophy or practice of yoga. There were about ten applications received with very interesting and relevant projects. The committee in charge of evaluating the submitted proposals consisted of representatives from the above mentioned foundations in communication with NCIS president, Lisa Perry.
NCIS is pleased to introduce the second grant Dorbrecht Grant recipients. They are: Holly Forster, $500 awarded to further refine her proposed research into the foundation of the connection between yoga and Jewish thought; Lisa Grunberger, $1800 awarded to develop her existing illustrated book Yiddish Yoga into a one woman musical theater piece; and Susan Lanzoni is being awarded $2500 in funding to explore the mind's integration of bodily movements in the Ivengar and Vinyassa traditions in light of the concept of kinaesthetic empathy.”
Congratulations to all three!
For more information about these awards, please visit the Dorbrecht Grants page on the NCIS website at