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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. Two core assumptions inform the Foundation’s grantmaking today:
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
Judaism helps individuals find connection, meaning, and purpose. These three complementary needs address our innate human desires to be in relationship with one another, to understand ourselves and what matters to us, and to make our own unique contributions to the world.
Young people especially often seek experiences of meaning and authenticity. 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 leaders and educators—whether professionals, volunteers, mentors or peers—generally play a central role in designing and facilitating these kinds of experiences.
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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