The Foundation invests in initiatives, often through multi-year grants, that support Jewish learning experiences for young children and their families, youth, teens, college students, and young adults. In particular, the Foundation solicits grants designed for long-term, large-scale effectiveness and sustainability. The Foundation also invests in research and development to inform ongoing philanthropic practice and to contribute to learnings in the field.
In line with its original strategic priorities, the Foundation’s investments today are designed to influence two primary levers:
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 offer guidance on answering the urgent challenges we face in our lives and our world.
We seek to inspire young people to shape for themselves what being Jewish means to them, and to help them integrate Jewish wisdom and practice with their other identities and interests.
Theory of Change: Increase the number of young Jews who choose to engage in compelling and effective Jewish learning experiencesTheory of Change
Strategic Priority: Increase the Number and Quality of Jewish Educators and Education LeadersStrategic Priority
Strategic Priority: Expand Opportunities for Effective Jewish LearningStrategic Priority
Strategic Priority: Build a Strong Field for Jewish EducationStrategic Priority
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.
The Portfolio Analysis Chart summarizes this information.Read More