Evaluations of Grants

New York University’s Dual Master’s and Doctoral Programs in Education and Jewish Studies

cover_pic_may_27_2016The doctoral and dual master’s programs in Education and Jewish Studies are a collaboration between the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University (NYU). The Jim Joseph Foundation awarded a grant of $4.96 million to NYU during the period 2009–2015 to improve the infrastructure of the two programs and to attract outstanding prospective students (Jim Joseph Foundation fellows). American Institutes for Research (AIR) conducted an independent evaluation of this grant that assessed the extent ...More

Generation Now: Understanding and Engaging Jewish Teens Today; The Jewish Education Project

In 2013, the Jim Joseph Foundation commissioned the report Effective Strategies for Educating and Engaging Jewish Teens. In that report, nine key implications for strategic development regarding Jewish teen education andGeneration Now Cover engagement emerged. These implications f provided a good baseline for The Jewish Education Project's understanding of necessary factors to build programs that engage more Jewish teens in meaningful Jewish life. Following the release of Effective Strategies, the Jim Joseph Foundation began to partner with funders in ten communities to significantly invest further in Jewish ...More

Building Jewish Community through Volunteer Service; Repair the World

Repair the World (RTW) was founded in 2009 to make meaningful service a defining element of American Jewish life. It is the only organization devoted exclusively to mobilizing young Jews to volunteer in Communities covertackling pressing local needs. In fall 2013, Repair the World launched its signature program, Repair the World Communities, in four cities: Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. New York City was added, also as a pilot, in fall 2015, following a year of site development. In each of these communities, a ...More

Jewish Resource Specialist Initiative, Early Childhood Education Initiative

evaluation_enhancing_jewish_learning_2016The Jewish Resource Specialist (JRS) Initiative, designed in 2008 by the Early Childhood Education Initiative (ECEI) of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties (the Federation), in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation, positions the early childhood years as a gateway into Jewish life for children and their families. It is a response to several catalyzing factors. First, preschool is a critical time for young families. Children are eager to learn and are developing socially, emotionally, cognitively ...More

Hebrew Union College, Jewish Theological Seminary, Yeshiva University: Education Initiative Year 4

HUC-JTS-YUE-logoLaunched in 2010, the Education Initiative is a $45 million grant program to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), and Yeshiva University (YU). The three institutions have each been awarded $15 million to support the field of Jewish education through the development and enhancement of advanced degree, leadership, and certificate programs; improvement of recruitment activities; and induction support to new teachers and education leaders. In all, the Education Initiative engaged more than 1,400 Jewish education professionals from 34 states and internationally,  and supported 26 ...More

Denver-Boulder Jewish Teen Initiative Evaluation

Building on previous research, in 2014, Rose Community Foundation entered into a partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation to develop the Denver-Boulder Jewish Teen Initiative. The goal is to make greater Denver-Denver-Boulder Jewish Teen Initiative Evaluation - Year 1 Final Report_Page_01Boulder area Jewish life relevant and meaningful to young people both now and later in their lives, with teens serving as active partners together with their peers, adults and community leaders in shaping their own Jewish journeys. The Initiative has three objectives: to ...More

BBYO’s Professional Development Institute

In 2007, BBYO—the largest pluralistic Jewish teen movement in North America—launched an ambitious program called the BBYOProfessional Development Institute (PDI). The purpose of PDI was to increase the capacity and commitment of talented, early-career Jewish professionals to build a career in Jewish communal institutions. The hope was that PDI would not only help young professionals grow at BBYO and support the organization in engaging teens, but that they would also help create a workforce of highly-qualified professionals for the Jewish communal sector. PDI ...More

Enhancing Capacity for Jewish Enrichment: An Evaluation of BBYO’s Directors of Jewish Enrichment Pilot

BBYOIn 2012, BBYO, Inc. (BBYO) added three Directors of Jewish Enrichment (DJEs) to its field management structure. With professional backgrounds and graduate training as Jewish educators, these full-time employees were brought into the organization in an effort “to deepen the Jewish experiential learning offered to [BBYO’s] teen-led community and prepare Jewish teens for a lifetime of Jewish involvement.” The three DJEs are in place for a three year initial pilot project, from 2012 to 2015, with the understanding that a second cohort of three DJEs would be added, provided that ...More

Finding New Paths for Teen Engagement and Learning: A Funder Collaborative Leads the Way

In 2013, about a dozen funders from across the U.S. began meeting together to better understand how to develop and invest Full screenshotin local opportunities to educate and engage Jewish teens. Convened by the Jim Joseph Foundation, members of the group were already supporting teen programming but seeking ways to do it better in order to significantly expand teen involvement in active Jewish life. By the end of 2014, the group had developed into a Funder Collaborative in which at least half of the members were in the midst of ...More

Jewish Resource Specialist, Early Childhood Education Initiative

Jewish Federation of San FranciscoJRS is a flagship initiative of the Early Childhood Education Initiative (ECEI) of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. The overarching goals of JRS are to deepen the overall Jewish experience in Bay Area Early Childhood Jewish Education (ECJE) institutions and support parents in making Jewish choices for their families while supporting the ongoing professionalization of the ECJE field. JRS achieves its goals through hiring a seasoned preschool teacher to serve as ...More

DeLeT: Graduates’ Perceptions of the Program and Their Preparedness for Teaching

Brandeis LogoHebrew Union CollegeThe DeLeT program was established in 2002 in response to three decades of expansion in  non-orthodox Jewish day schools. This created a demand for teachers prepared to teach in  these new schools. In the 12 years since the program’s inception, DeLeT at Brandeis and HUC-JIR have prepared close to 200 teachers who are teaching across the nation in 18 states  and more than 46 schools. This report focuses on how DeLeT graduates from both programs perceive ...More

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