Jim Joseph Foundation Awards $7.8 Million for Jewish Education

The Jim Joseph Foundation in San Francisco has announced grants totaling nearly $7.8 million in support of Jewish educational programming.

The awards, which boost the foundation's lifetime grantmaking to more than $300 million, include $3 million to Repair the World in support of a new fellowship program that will be piloted in four cities; $1.4 million to the Israel Institute to expand opportunities for young Jews on college campuses around the country to study Israel and related topics; and $150,000 to Brandeis University's Schusterman Center for Israel Studies in support of its effort to assist college faculty in developing and teaching Israel studies on their respective campuses. In addition, the foundation awarded a $1.4 million challenge grant to the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston in support of a community-based Jewish teen education and engagement initiative.

Other new grants include an award of nearly $500,000 to the Jewish Student Connection in support of regional operations in New York, Connecticut, and south Florida; $750,000 in general operating and capacity building support to Reboot, Inc.; $250,000 to Jewish Jumpstart in support of its Sefaria Project, which aims to build build a "living library" of Jewish texts online; $250,000 to the American Friends of the Israel Museum in support of its efforts to provide educational tours of its collection; and nearly $168,000 to the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties in support of a pilot collaboration between the Jewish Community Federation and NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation.

"We are incredibly privileged to work closely with grantees committed to innovative and effective Jewish learning and engagement," said Al Levitt, the foundation's president. "Certainly, reaching this grant amount is a milestone, but its true significance lies within the number of youth and young adults whose Jewish journeys have been shaped as a result of these efforts."

"Grant Awards From Jim Joseph Foundation Total More Than $300 Million." Jim Joseph Foundation Press Release 03/24/2014.