Grantees in the News


Taking a Page out of Collective Impact Work: A Framework for Community Change

By Pearl Mattenson and Sara Allen, Pearl Mattenson and Sara Allen, Grantcraft, October 4th, 2017

Four years ago, on the heels of a groundbreaking report on promising models for communities to engage teens in Jewish experiences, national and local funders representing ten communities took action.

The Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative is an innovative philanthropic experiment—a network of funders working together to develop, fund, support and grow new teen initiatives designed to reverse the trend of teens opting out of Jewish life in their high school years. Co-funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation with other national and local funders, ...More


Honeymoon Israel Helps Connect Couples

By Atlanta Jewish News, September 6th, 2017

Judaism and lure of holy land fosters new relationships despite level of practice. Tressa Levenson, 33, wanted to visit Israel as a teen, but her parents were hesitant. It wasn’t until she married Morgan White, 32, a Birthright Israel alum, that she embarked on a trip to the Holy Land. Through her cousin’s Facebook pictures, Levenson was turned on to Honeymoon Israel, 2-year-old nonprofit organization that sends 20 couples at a time from the same city on subsidized nine-day trips to the country and functions ...More


Exploring the Science of Character, Meaning, and Purpose on the 4th Annual Character Day

By Boulder Jewish News, September 4th, 2017

NEW YORK – Emmy-nominated Film Studio Let It Ripple is pleased to present the fourth annual Character Day with an estimated 100,000 events around the globe in companies, schools, museums, and homes – wherever people already gather – all screening the same films and joining an interactive worldwide LiveCast Q&A featuring prominent thought leaders talking about the importance of developing character (qualities like curiosity, creativity, initiative, collaboration, and empathy), and how developing those strengths can lead to a life of meaning and purpose in today’s world. Scheduled for ...More


Honeymoon Israel receives grant and more

By Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, August 31st, 2017

Honeymoon Israel, a national Jewish organization that subsidizes newly married couples with at least one Jewish partner to take part in group trips to Israel, recently received a $1.5 million grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation. Some of the grant money will help pay for Honeymoon Israel’s overall operations, while part will go toward the $600,000 invested in its local branch, said Michael D. Wise, co-CEO of Honeymoon Israel.

The 2-year-old organization works to help new couples build connections to local Jewish ...More


How volunteering becomes a way in for millennials distanced from the Jewish community

By JTA, August 1st, 2017

This is the second article in a series examining Jewish groups engaging young professionals. Read the first part here. NEW YORK (JTA) — As a college student, Jake Max assumed he would work in banking or consulting after graduation. That was the path favored by many of his classmates. But after experiencing the 2016 presidential campaign his senior year at Emory University, Max was spurred to action and decided to apply for a yearlong social justice fellowship. “I just saw how stratified the country ...More


CEO Onboarding Program announces Second Cohort

By eJewishPhilanthropy, July 10th, 2017

Leading Edge, the Alliance for Excellence in Jewish Leadership, has announced the 14 participants in Cohort Two of its CEO Onboarding Program, a 12-month leadership development experience designed to help senior leaders of Jewish organizations confront the unique challenges and opportunities facing the American Jewish community. These new cohort members represent a diverse swath of executive directors and CEOs from Jewish nonprofit organizations. Over the course of the CEO Onboarding Program, cohort members will forge connections with peers in the American Jewish ...More


Success in San Francisco: The Impact of Resource Specialists in Jewish Early Childhood Education

By Denise Moyes-Schnur, Gleanings, July 6th, 2017

Imagine—what would it be like to have a child in a program that provided an educator who was dedicated to helping teachers deepen their reflective practice as well as their Jewish knowledge? And, what if this person worked as a concierge to engage young families in Jewish life in the broader community? Actually, imagination is not necessary. Six years ago, the Early Childhood and Family Engagement Initiative (ECFE) in San Francisco filled this position for Jewish preschools. With generous funding from the Jim ...More


Jewish teens: Finding activities after bar/bat mitzvah

By Darren Schwartz, San Diego Jewish World, June 21st, 2017

NEW YORK — In my last column I identified a major challenge in Jewish teen engagement the stems from a disconnect in the values and traditions associated with bar/bat mitzvah. The ceremony that symbolizes a child’s commitment to live a Jewish life relies on an implicit notion that he or she will know how to do it.  This is not a judgment on Jewish education, nor the values and traditions imparted by families. It is a recognition of a challenge in preparing b’nai mitzvah students for ...More


Preparing to Deepen Action: A Funder Collaborative Finds its Way

By IssueLab, June 20th, 2017

The formation of the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative was the result of a process begun by the Jim Joseph Foundation in 2013. At that time, in an effort to spawn innovative, locally sustainable teen engagement programs, the Jim Joseph Foundation brought together an array of funders to explore various approaches. The first 24 months of this deliberate process in which ten local and five national funders undertook to educate themselves, build relationships and co-invest in community-based Jewish teen education ...More


At 10 Years, Newly Merged UpStart Embarks on Next Phase to Support Jewish Innovation

By eJewishPhilanthropy, May 10th, 2017

San Francisco, CA – As it marks its 10-year anniversary and completes a landmark merger, UpStart today announced its next phase in supporting communities advancing innovation in Jewish education and Jewish life. The organization has received new support from a coordinated group of funders, setting it on a path to elevate its place as a national intermediary supporting Jewish innovation nationwide. “As we maintain the vibrancy of our current programs, we also look towards the future with deliberate and thoughtful planning to ...More


High-tech, low barriers: new study advances the digital future of Jewish learning

By JNS, May 10th, 2017

By day, Liora Brosbe is the family engagement officer for the Jewish Federation of the East Bay in Berkeley, Calif., where she reaches out to the community with a menu of opportunities for “connecting to Jewish life and each other.” But when she’s not at work, Brosbe’s main job is raising three kids, ages 2, 6 and 8. Their home? A laboratory for Jewish learning strategies. “Yes, they’re little petri dishes,” their mom, who is also a psychotherapist, says with a laugh. “Like most ...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.