In 2006, the Jim Joseph Foundation commissioned Brandeis University's Fisher-Bernstein Institute to research and map the field of education of Jewish youth in the United States.
The first section of the report, “A Field in Motion,” describes new momentum in the field. The second section, “Funding Lessons,” presents specific lessons from the foundations as regards their mission, role, and relationships with other entities. The next section, “Issues,” lays out the programming, structural, and funding challenges that confront the field. The final section, “Innovation Trends,” describes aspects of the field that have recently gained currency and are sources of energy and activity in the Jewish education world.