Grantees in the News


Is environmental education the wave of the Jewish future?

By J Weekly, March 13th, 2014

jweekly_logo (1)More than five months after the Pew Research Center’s “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” survey highlighted rising intermarriage rates and declining connections with organized Jewish life, proponents of a newly released study believe they may have the antidote for what ails the Jewish community: Head outside. Experiences that blend Jewish learning with the outdoors, food and environment are attracting a growing number of Jews, particularly younger Jews, to meaningful and inspiring Jewish life, reports the first national survey on the matter.

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Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education Experiences Show Increased Potential for Jewish Engagement

By eJewishPhilanthropy, March 10th, 2014

E-Jewish-philanthropyExperiences that blend Jewish learning with the outdoors, food, and environment are attracting a growing number of diverse Jews to meaningful and inspiring Jewish life, reports the first-ever national survey on Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education (JOFEE) – Seeds of Opportunity: A National Study of Immersive Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education (JOFEE). The report, released today by a group of six major funders and Hazon, examines the history, programs, professionals, and participants that comprise JOFEE experiences. Leaders of JOFEE are eager ...More


Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education Receives $3.6 Million

By Philanthropy News Digest, February 20th, 2014

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The Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education has announced grants totaling $3.6 million in support of a first-of-its-kind collaboration to advance research on Jewish education. The consortium was awarded grants of $2.1 million and $1.5 million from the AVI CHAI and Jim Joseph foundations through the Stanford Graduate School of Education to identify key questions in Jewish education, assist in the design of more robust research methods, and facilitate work that translates research findings into strengthened practice. Launched ...More


New camp in Atherton blends sports, Judaism

By J Weekly, January 28th, 2014

jweekly_logo (1)The West Coast’s first overnight Jewish sports camp is opening this summer in Atherton. The JCC Maccabi Sports Camp, to be held on the campus of Menlo College, is designed to get kids passionate about sports and Judaism. Camp director Josh Steinharter said the specialty sports camp — an officially licensed program of the JCC Maccabi Games — is a natural extension of the games’ core mission. “We’ve taken the idea of the games, which is more of a team-based competition for teenagers, ...More


Inclusion: In All of OUR Hands

By eJewishPhilanthropy, January 7th, 2014

E-Jewish-philanthropy[This post is part of a series from the Ruderman Family Foundation which explores the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community.] by Dr. Alan Oliff and Nancy Kriegel Thanks to a number of visionary Jewish leaders, philanthropists, and activists the interest and demand for inclusion of all members of the Jewish community in our schools, synagogues, and other institutions has finally risen to a priority level. The concept of inclusion of students with diverse learning needs has been a topic of conversation ...More


Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Receives Major Grant to Support Transition to Sustainability

By eJewishPhilanthropy, December 5th, 2013

E-Jewish-philanthropyYeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT), the open Orthodox rabbinical school, has been awarded a second major ($1.2 million) grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation to support YCT’s transition to sustainability, which includes the succession in leadership from Rav Avi Weiss, the Founding President, to Rabbi Asher Lopatin, President as of July 2013. The grant is exceptional because the rabbinical school was awarded its first Jim Joseph Foundation grant ($3 million) less than three years ago. The new grant challenges YCT to further develop ...More


Endless summer: Camps are partnering with schools and shuls on year-round activities

By New Jersey Jewish News, December 4th, 2013

New Jersey Jewish NewsThe kids watched carefully as Isaac Mamaysky and Ron Grobman demonstrated the proper defensive starting position for Krav Maga, the Israeli martial art. They each practiced the position, and then repeated with demonstrations for a hit and a kick. Afterward, they headed to the kitchen, where they made “zeagle bars”: no-bake granola bars featuring oatmeal, rice cereal, chocolate chips, brown sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla. Although Mamaysky and Grobman are associated with Camp Zeke in the Poconos, the kids are all ...More


Jim Joseph Foundation Awards Nearly $4.6 Million to Support Jewish Education

By Philanthropy News Digest, November 19th, 2013

PND logoThe Jim Joseph Foundation in San Francisco has announced grants totaling more than $4.5 million in support of Jewish educational programming. The awards include nearly $1.5 million over six years to Stanford University for the next phase of an effort to nurture high-quality applied Jewish educational research that helps education practitioners improve their work; a $1.2 million, eighteen-month general operating support grant to Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School; $600,000 to the Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation in support of ...More


George Washington To Launch New Jewish Arts Program

By The Forward, November 18th, 2013

The ForwardHot on the heels of a new graduate program in Jewish Cultural Arts, George Washington University has announced an additional new MA program in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts. Whereas the first program focuses more on arts administration and museum management, the second is meant to train educators for professional roles in today’s broad and varied Jewish cultural landscape. The program in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts, the first of its kind in the U.S., is set to begin this coming summer ...More


GW To Begin New Program In Jewish Culture And Experiential Education

By The Jewish Week, October 2nd, 2013

The Jewish WeekThe Jim Joseph Foundation has announced that it will endow George Washington University with a $1.47 million grant to launch a new educational program fusing experiential education and Jewish cultural arts. GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development and Columbian College of Arts and Sciences will create the interdisciplinary track, granting participating students a Master of Arts in experiential education and Jewish cultural arts. The program is set to launch in the summer of 2014. Experiential education has been a growing trend ...More


UC Berkeley Jewish law institute receives grant to expand resources

By The Daily Californian, September 18th, 2013

Daily CalThe UC Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society has won a grant that will allow it to augment the resources it provides to the campus. The $2.85 million grant is composed of contributions from four California-based foundations that focus on issues ranging from Israeli economics to public health. The grant will be used to help the small institute expand. The institute was established within UC Berkeley School of Law in 2011. With the grant, the institute hopes ...More

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