Grantees in the News

6 Ways I Talk to My Kids About the Political Climate in Israel

By Natalie Blitt, Kveller, October 27th, 2015

KvellerAs an educator and a parent, I know my task is not only to provide answers. I know that allowing children the opportunity to discover, question, challenge, and struggle is just as valuable, if not much more. But in times of crisis, in times where the news from Israel breaks my heart, I find it hard to remember that. In these times, I find myself alternating between trying to shield them from the ugly reality outside and struggling not to explain it away ...More

JDC Entwine’s Entrepreneurialism is Secret Sauce for Engaging Next Generation

By eJewishPhilanthropy, October 20th, 2015

E-Jewish-philanthropyEntwine’s unique combination of service, educational and leadership opportunities is becoming a model for re-charging the Jewish identities of hard-to-reach young adults.   “We all have a responsibility for the other. Through JDC Entwine, we are able to live that and inspire other people to be able to do that,” says Perry Teicher, co-chair of the JDC Entwine Steering Committee.   “More and more of our generation understands that what’s happening in India can affect me. We understand that we are all interconnected. Entwine is the ...More

$300K in Jewish education funding aids Houston families affected by flood

By JNS, October 15th, 2015

JNSTwo grants totaling $300,000 from the Jim Joseph Foundation and The AVI CHAI Foundation have provided scholarships for Jewish day schools, early childhood programs, and overnight camps to Houston-area families affected by May’s flood in America’s fourth-largest city.

The funds—awarded to the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and allocated by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston—were distributed to the schools and camps and designated for families who applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) support as a result of the flood. ...More

Grant Awarded for Birthright Follow-up

By Jerusalem Post, September 30th, 2015

JPost logoThe Jim Joseph Foundation has awarded a grant of $250,000 to the Safed-based Livnot U’lehibanot program to expand its Northern Exposure post-birthright program. The one-week program - comprised primarily of young adults immediately following their Birthright experience - offers an opportunity to encounter Israel through community volunteer work, challenging hikes, and workshops on Jewish values and meditation, while  delving deeper into Jewish teachings. “Our unique blend of open Jewish spirituality with hands-on community service creates a meaningful and intense Jewish experience which complements ...More

Hillel gets $16M grant from Jim Joseph Foundation

By JTA, September 10th, 2015

JTA-logo(JTA) — Hillel International: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life has received a $16 million grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, the largest grant ever awarded by the foundation. The grant, which will be paid out over five years, will assist Hillel in implementing its Drive to Excellence strategic plan, which is designed to help campuses and communities implement best practices for supporting Jewish student life. “The Drive to Excellence is a strategic, deeply thoughtful initiative that can expand Hillel’s already effective efforts,” Al ...More

Local Jewish day schools continuing to integrate Israel education through iNfuse

By Florida Sun-Sentinel, September 8th, 2015

Florida Sun SentinelThree local Jewish day schools have started the second year of an initiative that aims to improve Israel experiences and education in Jewish day schools. Last year, the iCenter, a national Israel education organization, launched "iNfuse: Israel Education in Day Schools," at six day schools from across North America. The local schools are Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton and Jacobson Sinai Academy and Hochberg Preparatory School, both in North Miami Beach. The purpose of this initiative has been for ...More

$3 million granted for Jewish teen activities

By San Diego Jewish World, September 3rd, 2015

San Diego Jewish WorldThe Jewish Federation of San Diego County has announced the launch of the community-based Center for Volunteer Service Learning, an initiative designed to catalyze more immersive and ongoing service learning opportunities for San Diego teens. The initiative is supported by a matching grant of more than $3,000,000 from the San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation. As part of the grant, a local Teen Volunteer Corps will be created and hosted at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus, in La Jolla. “The ...More

Camp, to Last a Lifetime

By Rabbi Abigail Treu, CJ: Voices of Conservative/Masorti Judaism, September 2nd, 2015

Reshet Ramah, Camp Ramah’s alumni and community engagement network, is poised to expand the role that camp playsCJ Voices in building Jewish community. When Gabe Scott-Dicker, 30, lost his mother last year, he found him-self wondering where he was going to say Kaddish. Like most in his generation, he does not belong to a synagogue. Raised in West Caldwell, New Jersey, and now living in Manhattan, he visited many and felt welcomed by all. But none of them felt quite right. “What I really wanted ...More

Jim Joseph Foundation Awards $13.6 Million in Grants

By Philanthropy News Digest, August 27th, 2015

PND logoThe Jim Joseph Foundation in San Francisco has announced grants totaling more than $13.6 million in support of Jewish education and enrichment programs. Grants ranging from $250,000 to $3.25 million were awarded to seven organizations, includingBBYO, which will receive $811,961 in support of its North American Jewish experiential education program; Birthright Israel Foundation, which was awarded up to $2.5 million in general operating support to expand participation in its immersive ten-day trips to Israel; ...More

PJ Library for children grows in Colorado

By Intermountain Jewish News, August 12th, 2015

Intermountain Jewish NewsFamilies in Colorado raising Jewish children have more opportunities to participate in Jewish life due to the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. The foundation created PJ Library, which offers Jewish themed books, music and programing to families around the globe. JEWISHcolorado received a grant to expand PJ Library engagement in collaboration with its 22 partner agencies in the greater Denver metro area that serve children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years. The winning initiatives emphasize building social connections among families as ...More

JUF launches new initiative to improve and expand teen programming, beginning with immersive Spring Break

By JUF News, June 23rd, 2015

JUF NewsThis summer, the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago launches a new initiative to increase the depth and quality of programming for Chicagoland Jewish teens - including the creation of an immersive Spring Break program to pilot next year. The new initiative was made possible by a five-year, $3.19 million challenge grant from the San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation. The grant was awarded within the framework of the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder collaborative, comprised of national and local funders ...More

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