Evaluations of Grants

UpStart Bay Area Innovation Retreat

Since 2004, UpStart has been listening to and working with innovators in Jewish life. UpStart supports social entrepreneurs dedicated to reaching some of the 80% of Bay Area Jews who have no connection to existing Jewish institutions, with a focus on reaching teens and young adults. These initiatives, ranging from volunteering to bring Jewish life to children with disabilities, to happy hours that also serve Jewish philanthropic causes, are spearheaded by individuals with the passion, dedication, and skill to engage ...More

Foundation for Jewish Camp JWest Campership Program

From 2008 - 2011, the JWest Campership program worked to engage Jewish children in a first-time Jewish summer camp experience at 23 camps across 13 western U.S. states. The program was evaluated annually and demonstrated positive results, as a total of 3,309 first-time 6th - 8th grade campers were enrolled in camp -- 720 in 2008, 653 in 2009, 1047 in 2010 and 889 in 2011. The program also focused on retaining campers, broadening the ethnic and socio-economic camper profile, and ...More

Birthright Israel NEXT Communities Initiative

Birthright Israel NEXT (NEXT) builds on the social connections made by Taglit-Birthright Israel trip alumni (BRI trip alumni) during their trips to Israel, and connects them to other young Jewish adults who share their social, cultural, and educational interests. The Jewish Community for the NEXT Generation Initiative (the Community Initiatives) combines locally developed activities with national programs to develop peer communities for young Jewish adults to become more involved in Jewish life and more connected to Israel. The evaluation, conducted by ...More

March of the Living Los Angeles Delegation

The March of the Living is an annual, international program that brings Jewish teens from 60 countries to encounter two sites of fundamental importance to the Jewish people: Poland and Israel.  The 2009 Los Angeles delegation of 136 teens was among the nearly 2,500 high school students from North America.  Every year, along with Jewish educators, Holocaust survivors, and community leaders, participants spend a week visiting concentration camps and former sites of Jewish life and culture in ...More

Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life Senior Jewish Educators

Per the terms of the April 9, 2008 Grant Agreement between Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life (Hillel), and the Jim Joseph Foundation this document reports on this first year, 2008-2009, of the Experiential Educator Exemplars (E3) Program.   For purposes of this report, this report uses the terminology Senior Jewish Educator (SJE) when referring to the E3 educators. The report is generally organized into four parts, as follows: Part 1: Reflections on Year One – Emerging Themes and Lessons Learned Part ...More

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.