The Foundation invests in initiatives, often through multi-year grants, that support Jewish learning experiences for young Jews at key inflection points in life. In particular, the Foundation solicits grants designed for long-term, large-scale effectiveness and sustainability. The Foundation also invests in research and development to catalyze ground-breaking forms of Jewish learning and expression.
The Foundation’s investments today are informed by two core assumptions
Powerful Jewish Learning Experiences: Strengthen and grow Jewish learning through investing in program models proven to have deep and enduring effects on participants
Exceptional Jewish Leaders & Educators: Invest in training and developing dynamic, pioneering leaders and educators who are attuned to the needs of young people today
R&D for the Future of Jewish Learning: Catalyze development of ground-breaking forms of Jewish learning and expression by investing in R&D operations, new ideas, and creative partnerships
Young people are seeking meaning, authenticity, relevance, and substance. Learning designed to truly shape who they are as people requires a seriousness of purpose and an investment of time over days, weeks, months or longer. While some forms of effective and compelling Jewish learning can be self-guided, it most often occurs in community with others who they know and trust. Trained educators—whether professionals, volunteers, mentors or peers—generally play a central role in designing and facilitating these kinds of experiences.
Jewish learning occurs in many spaces and takes many forms: formal classroom settings; experiential settings like homes, camps, retreats, service and travel experiences; engagement with Jewish content and ideas through a range of media both online and offline; and through relationships and conversations with friends, family, teachers, role models and study partners.
What it means to live a vibrant, purposeful, connected and fulfilling life informed and inspired by Jewish learning is constantly evolving. But we know that it requires learners to draw their own connections between the wisdom of our past and the relevancy of the now.
Jewish learning can be especially relevant to young people as they navigate through key inflection points in their lives–from passages to adulthood, to early parenthood, to lifecycle moments, to moments of "seeking" spirituality or wellness.
As a part of this work, the Foundation closely monitors how its investments are allocated across its strategic priorities and the different populations the Foundation seeks to serve. With significant assistance from our grantee partners, we also track the aggregate number and depth of intervention for the educators and young Jews who have benefited from these investments.
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