Grantees in the News

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

College Courses on Israel, Available to All

By eJewishPhilanthropy, January 5th, 2017

Dr. Ariel Roth The fall semester has officially ended, but online courses are making it possible to keep learning about Israel from leading Israeli professors. This opportunity is available not only to college students but to anyone in the broader community with access to the internet. Where to go for quality learning opportunities about Israel is a challenge for many members of our community. Many college campuses have a limited number of courses that tackle Israel in any capacity, much less in a comprehensive, ...More

Making strides: Israel studies flourishing at Cal

By J Weekly, January 3rd, 2017

As a U.C. Berkeley freshman, Jackson Block looked in vain for a course about Israeli high-tech innovation. Rather than wait for one to turn up in the catalog, he went ahead and created the class himself. That kind of enterprising spirit is built into the Israel Studies fellowship, where Block had free rein to design a syllabus, book guest lecturers and co-teach a class on his subject of interest. Now a senior majoring in business, Block has co-taught “Innovation & Entrepreneurship: The ...More

Moishe House at 10: Millennial success story in Jewish living

By J Weekly, December 11th, 2016

jweekly_logo-1Where do million-dollar ideas get born? On one now-legendary occasion, the setting was a 2001 Hillel Shabbat dinner in Santa Barbara. That’s where an elderly gentleman asked then-20-year-old David Cygielman out of the blue: What would you do if someone gave you a million dollars, but you weren’t allowed to spend any of it on yourself? Luckily, Cygielman had some answers. It turns out the gentleman, a regular at the Hillel dinners, was an eccentric retired millionaire looking for something meaningful and Jewish ...More

Outdoor adventure with a side of spirituality

By New Jersey Jewish News, December 5th, 2016

Josh Lake, founder and owner of Outdoor Jewish Adventures, loves to take groups camping for a Shabbat wilderness retreat. On Fridays, they bake hallah and createnew-jersey-jewish-news a full Shabbat dinner over a Dutch oven. At night, they go stargazing, and he loves to teach people that the expression “mazal tov” actually comes from navigating by the stars. “When our ancestors lived in Israel, they did not walk in the middle of the day, when the temperature was 110 or 120 degrees Fahrenheit. They ...More

Foundation grants spur training of Jewish educators

By Jewish Journal, November 9th, 2016

la-jewish-journalThe Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), Yeshiva University and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) recently completed a six-year, $45 million initiative funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation that increased the number of Jewish educators who earned advanced degrees and credentials from the three schools, provided for new or improved teaching programs, and boosted the number of educators who received jobs or promotions. Under what the foundation called its Education Initiative, the three schools also devised new means of sustaining these programs and ...More

US fund’s investment in Jewish educator training pays off

By Jerusalem Post, October 30th, 2016

NEW YORK -- After investing $45 million in training Jewish educators over the past six years, the Jim Joseph Foundation has managed to have a significant influence on the field’s workforce, according to an independent evaluation conducted by American Institutes for Research. The landmark investment, known collectively as the Education Initiative, began in 2010 and was made to three major institutions: the Hebrew Union ...More

Jewish Teen Education Funder Collaborative Welcomes Sara Allen

By The Jewish Voice, October 26th, 2016

jewish-voiceFunder Collaborative is expanding co-investments and shared learnings of Jewish teen initiatives. Signaling its continued growth and increased opportunities to support Jewish teens in ten local communities across the United States, the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative announced that it has hired Sara Allen to serve as its first full-time Director. The Collaborative is comprised of 15 national and local funders committed to learning together, to sharing best practices, and to investing in community-based Jewish teen education and engagement initiatives in ...More

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