Grantees in the News

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

Rebooting Judaism

By Beacon, April 28th, 2017

Do the Innovative Communities of the Jewish Emergent Network Hold a Key to the Jewish Future? On a summer Shabbat in 2009, Rabbi David Ingber stood under a chuppah (canopy) with his son at a synagogue on New York City’s Upper West Side. The celebration was not a wedding, however; it was a naming ceremony for the rabbi’s newborn. The baby was placed on a stack of prayer shawls inside the open Torah, and blessings were recited in a ceremony described by ...More

iCenter Fellowship Encourages Broader Approach to Education About Israel

By Philadelphia Jewish Exponent, April 26th, 2017

You know iPhones, iPads and iTunes — now meet the iCenter. Although the name could easily be that of a new Apple product, the “I” in iCenter stands for Israel. The iCenter, a North American nonprofit based in Chicago, provides learning opportunities and tools for Jewish education professionals to enhance Israel education. There are more than 150 iFellows across North America who participated in the iCenter fellowship, a yearlong master’s concentration program in Israel education. The goal of the program is to fashion an approach to ...More

The Value of the CEO Onboarding Program

By eJewishPhilanthropy, April 25th, 2017

By Dov Ben-Shimon and Stefanie Rhodes

Once you accept the role of CEO at a major American Jewish organization, there’s no road map for how to become a leader. In theory, our past experiences had prepared us for new positions. No one prepared us, or our colleagues in Cohort One of the CEO Onboarding Program, for that first day walking through the door into our new roles. We came in with so many questions. What are the obvious missteps to avoid? ...More

Unmasking the wild, unexpected faces of contemporary Israeli arts

By J Weekly, April 24th, 2017

Yair Dalal plays blues-inspired Iraqi tunes on the oud. Ibrahim Miari whirls like a Sufi dervish while wearing a gas mask from the Gulf War. Raafat Hattab lip-syncs as his alter ego, the Bride of Palestine; Elad Schechter’s dancers throw bananas at their audiences in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market; and Iris Zaki films herself washing Arab and Jewish women’s hair in a Haifa salon. This is the face of Israeli culture today, as expressed by a group of Jewish and Muslim artists, musicians, dancers and filmmakers brought to the East Bay this ...More

Strengthening Jewish Day Schools Through Better Trained & Inclusive Teachers

By eJewishPhilanthropy, April 21st, 2017

By Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi Today many Jewish leaders and philanthropists are trying to figure out how to convince more parents to send their children to Jewish day schools. Will an enhanced STEM focus or more scholarships help them fill the classrooms and enable Jewish day schools to thrive today and tomorrow? A key is better evidence – trained teachers, and more inclusive classrooms. Recently, the day school movements all came together under one umbrella, Prizmah. Today that new collaborative and combined organization is uniquely ...More

Cal students pull a marathon to engineer disability solutions

By J Weekly, April 3rd, 2017

Fueled by energy drinks, adrenaline and a strong sense of wanting to make the world better, 11 teams of UC Berkeley students spent last weekend working with people with disabilities to create devices that could improve their lives. They were participating in the first collegiate Tikkun Olam Makers event, where students in fields ranging from neuroscience to mechanical engineering sacrificed time and sleep — and were paid back in gratitude and lots of munchies. Among the projects they worked on were creating a prototype that can help someone with limited hand strength ...More

At 10, egalitarian yeshiva wants to expand learning among Jews in the pews

By JTA, March 14th, 2017

NEW YORK (JTA) — In the upstairs sanctuary of a Manhattan synagogue, a group of rabbis is studying Jewish texts on pluralism and community. One floor below, 22 students are sitting in pairs poring over the book of Exodus. The students spend all day, every weekday in the building, studying Jewish text and observing strict Jewish law in a gender-equal environment. The rabbis, by contrast, leave the building that afternoon and return to their communities across the country, which range from Reform ...More

Designing Solutions For People With Disabilities

By The Jewish Week, February 27th, 2017

Jewish students across the country mobilized to create affordable solutions to improve lives. Jewish students at CornellTech, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Berkeley, UCI, and Solomon Schechter Westchester are preparing for six TOM Makeathons ‘three-day marathons of making’ at five colleges and one high school where participants will work with people with disabilities to develop solutions for everyday challenges. The designs of the solutions will be developed further and made available for widespread use for other users worldwide.

The six Makeathons are being ...More

Israel Trip Program to Expand Offerings for American Jewish Youth

By Jerusalem Post, February 15th, 2017

The organization builds on the foundation of Birthright trips for university-aged students offering more in-depth and educational experiences for US youth. Onward Israel, an organization that provides Jewish young adults with multi-week immersive experiences in Israel, recently received an $8 million grant to expand its programming from the Jim Joseph Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization that supports Jewish learning initiatives for young Jews. Established in 2012 by the Jewish Agency together with numerous partners from the Jewish world, Onward Israel aims to promote Jewish ...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.