The Shimon Ben Joseph Foundation, commonly known as the Jim Joseph Foundation, (the Foundation), is committed to the legacy of its founder, Jim Joseph, z”l. The Foundation was established in 2006 as a private foundation, classified legally as a California Public Benefit Corporation. The Foundation is devoted exclusively to supporting Jewish education of youth and young adults in the United States.
Jim Joseph was a dedicated Jewish philanthropist who cared passionately about the education of Jewish children, youth, and young adults.
He believed that focusing on young people was the best way to preserve a strong Jewish faith and proud heritage, thereby ensuring success of the Jewish people for the future.
Inspired by Jewish learning experiences, all Jews, their families and their friends lead connected, meaningful, purpose-filled lives and make positive contributions to their communities and the world.
Our Lasting Commitment
Jim Joseph, z"l, established the foundation motivated by his belief that the most important way to ensure the Jewish future is to invest in Jewish education for young people.
We affirm that Jewish ideas and Jewish people have a critical role to play in improving the lives of individuals, communities, and the world.
Compelling and effective Jewish learning experiences draw upon Jewish wisdom, values, practices, culture, traditions and history that help people live more connected, meaningful and purpose-filled lives. These experiences influence how learners think, feel, and behave. They empower learners to integrate the learning with their varied interests and identities. Compelling learning experiences enable people to wrestle with topics of relevance to them in new and nuanced ways. They incorporate diverse voices and perspectives into the conversation.
Jewish learning experiences must constantly evolve and expand to serve current and future audiences of learners. They can take place in a wide range of settings, including classrooms, homes, offices, camps, campuses, synagogues, retreat centers, community centers, service and travel experiences, and other public spaces. They are facilitated through different forms of interactive activities and content both online and offline, through cohort-based group learning experiences, and through one-on-one conversations and relationships.
The Foundation works with grantee-partners who either themselves or through leaders and educators they train influence the lives of young people at key inflection points in their lives. We cultivate and support Jewish leaders and educators who are inspiring and know how to inspire others, as well as Jewish learning experiences that are uniquely relevant today.
Mission, Aspiration & Guiding Principles
The Board embraces its responsibility to expand the generous philanthropy of its founding donor.
The mission, aspiration, and guiding principles that inform our work:
- To foster compelling, effective Jewish learning experiences for young Jews.
- Inspired by Jewish learning experiences, all Jews, their families, and their friends lead connected, meaningful, purpose-filled lives and make positive contributions to their communities and the world
- Pursue and promote excellence
- Take risks, be bold, and experiment
- Seek systemic solutions
- Embrace effective grantmaking practices
- Listen, learn, and be accountable to our audiences
- Engage diverse voices and partners