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.
Throughout the country, more than 300 graduates of Mechon Hadar are now building and leading communities of prayer and learning. They have been empowered to create and sustain vibrant, practicing, egalitarian communities of Torah learning, prayer, and service. Many factors combined to create this cadre of dedicated and passionate peer educators. And while Mechon Hadar did not appear overnight, its growth and success demonstrate what can be accomplished in a relatively short amount of time. Founded in ...More
For four years, Jewish LearningWorks pioneered BASIS –– the Israel Education Day School demonstration project –– to help 11 San Francisco Bay Area Day Schools effectively connect their students and communities to Israel and Israelis. With the pilot project complete, Jewish LearningWorks has launched www.BASISIsraeleducation.org. Other schools and communities now have access to the documentation of the BASIS model implementation. They can learn about its components, achievements and challenges, as well as other lessons from BASIS. ...More
Transition to Sustainability Before 2008, Jewish teens living in the 23 towns and cities north of Boston had few options to engage in meaningful Jewish experiences. The North Shore Teen Initiative (NSTI), funded by the Foundation, was launched to fill that void and connect Jewish teens to their peers and foster participation in Jewish teen life across the community. As NSTI enters its sixth year, the demonstration project has evidenced success both in the number of ...More
In 2008, families throughout the country had extreme pressure brought to bear on financial decision-making. For many Jewish families, this included the difficult choice of determining if they could afford to enroll their teenager in a Jewish high school. To help provide greater access to affordable Jewish high school education, the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, in collaboration with Builders of Jewish Education (BJE), worked with ...More
Teachers are the heartbeat of high quality and effective Jewish Day Schools. They deserve proper training and support to refine and improve their skills, and, equally as important, must have a desire to remain at their schools. For over a decade, the Jewish New Teacher Project (JNTP) has addressed both of these areas, helping Day Schools offer support to new and veteran teachers in Jewish and general studies through their intensive mentoring and mentor training programs.
Building a love of and connection to Israel among Jewish youth and young adults helps to create strong Jewish identities. For this to happen, schools, camps, synagogues, and other places of learning need effective and engaging Israel educators. In just fours years of existence, the iCenter has become the central address for excellence and innovation in the field of pre-collegiate Israel education – training and further developing thousands of Jewish educators in this critical area. The ...More