Grantees in the News


UC-Berkeley institute for Jewish law gets $2.85 million grant

By JTA, September 17th, 2013

JTA-logoA University of California, Berkeley institute focused on Jewish law and Israel received a $2.85 million grant from four Bay Area Jewish foundations. The grant for the Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society will be distributed over the next three to five years, the institute said in a statement last week. The Jim Joseph Foundation will provide $1.2 million and the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation is giving $750,000. The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund and the Koret Foundation ...More


Second-Stage Growth: How Major Grants Transformed Our Institutions

By Rabbi Elie Kaunfer and Steven Lieberman, JD, Nonprofit Quarterly, September 12th, 2013

Non Profit QuarterlyEditors’ note: This is one of four articles describing the practice of capital funding (please also read the first article: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s Growth Capital Aggregation Pilot: A Bold Philanthropic Innovation) from the grantmaker’s perspective; the following article describes it from an organization’s point of view.


How do start-ups move from infancy to the next stage? Quality programming, a strong brand, skilled leaders (lay and professional), and media presence are all critical. But an obvious, if sometimes overlooked, ingredient is major investment ...More


Mentoring program improves Jewish education

By Washington Jewish Week, August 21st, 2013

Washington Jewish WeekA great education requires the best teachers. That is as true for Jewish schools as it is for any other type of educational institution. The Jewish New Teacher Project aims to grow environments that produce those teachers by training experienced teachers as mentors and support networks for newer teachers, boosting skills and enthusiasm for teaching in ways that directly improve students’ experiences. Parents send their children to Jewish schools for all kinds of reasons, but all of them want their children ...More


Jim Joseph Foundation Awards $3.6 Million to Support Jewish Learning Experiences

By Philanthropy News Digest, August 20th, 2013

PND logoThe Jim Joseph Foundation in San Francisco has announced grants totaling $3.6 million in support of Jewish educational programming. The grants include nearly $1.5 million to George Washington University to help launch a graduate program that combines experiential education with a master of arts in museum education and Jewish cultural arts; $1.2 million over five years to the University of California, Berkeley in support of campus programs and the ...More


Jewish Teens Go Clubbing

By The Jewish Week, August 14th, 2013

The Jewish WeekIt’s an unseasonably warm Thursday afternoon in May, when the dismissal bell rings at New Rochelle High School.
Amid the sounds of hip-hop music, cheerful shouts and slamming lockers, hundreds of backpack-toting students, many dressed in summer clothes, pour out into the halls, parking lot and landscaped grounds of this sprawling and racially diverse suburban school. About 25 stream into a ground-floor science classroom whose large windows look out onto the school track. Schmoozing and laughing with one another and their adviser ...More


Birthright launches follow up initiative for young Israel travelers

By Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, August 13th, 2013

Pittsburgh Jewish ChronicleEvery year, thousands of young Jews take Birthright trips to Israel to experience the Holy Land firsthand.  The quest can be an awakening or strengthening of religious and cultural identity. But after spending a few weeks in Israel, the travelers return home with only memories of their trip remaining.  This begs the question for many who want to continue to cultivate their Jewish identity after Birthright: what’s next? NEXT is next. NEXT is a division of the Birthright Israel Foundation that connects Birthright ...More


First Cohort of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute Completes Training

By eJewishPhilanthropy, August 13th, 2013

E-Jewish-philanthropy Fifteen Jewish early childhood education directors and master teachers completed their participation in the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute (JECELI) on August 1st. JECELI is a joint program of The Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, in consultation with the Bank Street College of Education. JECELI members represent various types of Jewish communities across the country and all major denominations of Judaism. They learn skills in leadership, supervision and organizational administration; gain insight into adult development; and ...More


Interactive map helps young adults find High Holiday plans

By Washington Jewish Week, August 8th, 2013

Washington Jewish WeekThe High Holidays can be an uncertain time for Jewish young adults, especially if they are in a new city. The usual family or college group attendance may not be an option and figuring out what to do for the holidays may be difficult as many are unlikely to have found a synagogue of their own to regularly attend. That’s why NEXT, part of the Birthright Israel Foundation, launched its High Holidays Initiative three years ago, which combines an online ...More


Inspiring visit to Israel gives Jewish educators fresh ideas

By J Weekly, August 1st, 2013

jweekly_logoSeven early childhood educators from the Bay Area’s Jewish community are working to implement lessons they learned during a trip to Israel earlier this year. The 10-day visit was organized locally by the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation and aimed at connecting Bay Area educators with their Israeli counterparts and observing their work. The Bay Area cohort was part of a group of 25 Jewish early childhood educators from across the U.S. on the trip. Janet Harris, director of the federation’s Early Childhood Education Initiative, led ...More


Shore House blends friends, food, mitzvot

By New Jersey Jewish News, July 30th, 2013

New Jersey Jewish NewsOn Sunday morning, July 14, Abby Robinson cooked a French hallah toast breakfast for 10 at the Shore House for Sandy Relief. She didn’t have to do it, since she was technically a guest at the Long Branch summer residence sponsored by Jewish Federation of Monmouth County. That she chose to seize the skillet underlines the success of the venture in bringing together young Jewish adults in their 20s and 30s for weekends of beach time, bonding, and ...More


Bay Area initiative shows strides in integrating Israel education into curriculums

By St. Louis Jewish Light, July 24th, 2013

St. Louis Jewish Light“In a beautiful valley, among vineyards and fields, there stood a tower with five floors. Who lived in the tower? On the first floor lived a fat hen. All day long she is at home, lolling in her bed. She is so fat, she can hardly walk.” So begins the English translation of Israeli writer Lea Goldberg’s famous children’s story “A Flat for Rent.” Over the past few years, children at the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in ...More

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