Thought Leaders

In advance of its October 2012 Board meeting, the Jim Joseph Foundation Board of Directors invited a small group of community thought leaders to submit a madrich narrative addressing the following question: What "big idea" for supporting Jewish education would you propose the Jim Joseph Foundation fund? These papers were presented by their authors at the Board meeting and were the basis for a forward looking, thought-provoking conversation among the Board, the Madrichim (guides), and a select group of Jewish community lay leaders. The Board first conducted this activity as part of its August 2006 Retreat, shortly after the Foundation's inception. Just as those madrich narratives continue to inform the Foundation's strategy, so too will these ideas help guide the Board in future grantmaking decisions.

Rabbi Marc Baker
Head of School
Gann Academy

Rabbi Sharon Brous

Charles "Chip" Edelsberg
Executive Director
Jim Joseph Foundation

Arnold M. Eisen
Jewish Theological Seminary

Lisa Eisen
National Director
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Ari Y. Kelman
Jim Joseph Professor of Education and Jewish Studies
Stanford University

Rachel Levin
Executive Director
Righteous Persons Foundation

Larry Moses
Senior Philanthropic Advisor and President Emeritus
The Wexner Foundation

Lee S. Shulman
Professor Emeritus
Stanford School of Education

Dr. Jeffrey Solomon
The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies

The Jim Joseph Foundation invests in promising Jewish education grant initiatives. We partner with effective organizations that seek to inspire young people to discover the joy of living vibrant Jewish lives.