Grantees in the News

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

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

Rare Sense Of Optimism At Day School Conference

By The Jewish Week, February 10th, 2017

Newly formed Prizmah brings innovation and 1,000 educators to three-day meeting.

Chicago — Since 2008, when the U.S. economy tanked in the wake of the Madoff Ponzi scheme scandal, Jewish day school conferences have been a place for lay and professional leaders of the movement to kvetch about hard times. And for good reason. Their difficulty in trying to provide quality Jewish and secular education while keeping steep tuition costs in line was a persistent theme. Pessimism was in the air.

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In Tense Political Climate, Young Jews Turn to Volunteering

By Jerusalem Post, February 7th, 2017

Last month, over 10,000 young Jews joined Repair the World’s Martin Luther King day volunteering activities and the organization also held service projects and discussions in Washington DC. As protests against President Donald Trump’s travel ban take place across the United States, some young American Jews have decided to volunteer to help marginalized communities. One of the organizations that allows them to do so is Repair the World. Founded in 2009 with the goal to “make meaningful service a defining element of American Jewish life,” ...More

AMHSI-JNF Receives $250K Grant for Scholarships and Alumni Engagement

By Boulder Jewish News, January 26th, 2017

Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI-JNF) has received a $250,000 grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation for its Israel Continuum programming that furthers alumni connection to Israel and increases scholarship opportunities for children of Jewish communal professionals.

“As AMHSI-JNF alumni go through high school, college, and ultimately enter the workforce, we want to continue and deepen their connections to Jewish life and Israel in all of those environments,” says Rabbi Leor Sinai, AMHSI-JNF ...More

Flipping the Jewish Journey Map: Empowering Our Teens to Engage and Guide Each Other

By Brett Lubarsky, January 25th, 2017

[This article is the third in a series written by participants in the inaugural Senior Educators Cohort at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education.] If we don’t know why we do what we do, then how can we expect anyone else to know? One of my most cherished roles as a Jewish professional has always been that of barista. While I’ve been helping teens and families connect to the myriad of opportunities they can choose from while navigating their Jewish journeys, my ...More

Sci-Tech Camp to open in California next year

By J Weekly, January 20th, 2017

The Foundation for Jewish Camp has added URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy West to its Specialty Camp Incubator III cohort. Building on the success of two previous incubators, the third one will lead to the launch of six new camps in the summer of 2018. The addition of the sixth camp (to be located in  California), as well as the entire program, is made possible by a combined grant from the S.F.-based Jim Joseph Foundation and the Avi Chai Foundation. “Foundation for Jewish Camp ...More

Campaign promoting racial justice activism for young Jews over Martin Luther King weekend

By JTA, January 11th, 2017

A campaign to engage Jewish young adults in becoming activists for racial justice is sponsoring a platform for people to find opportunities across the country for Martin Luther King Day weekend. The yearlong Act Now for Racial Justice, a program of the Repair the World initiative, plans to engage thousands of Jewish young adults in supporting racial justice through volunteer service, dialogue and learning over the King holiday weekend. Among the events happening in cities throughout the Unites States is Turn the Tables, ...More

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