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Jim Joseph Foundation Awards Four New Grants to Support Digital Learning and Engagement

Posted on: April 27th, 2017

Investments Designed to Build on Findings and Recommendations in Recent “Smart Money” Report

San Francisco, CA -- On the heels of the recently released report Smart Money: Recommendations for an Educational Technology and Digital Engagement Investment Strategy, commissioned in partnership with the William Davidson Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation announced four new grants to organizations that leverage digital technology to create and deepen Jewish learning opportunities. The grantees—BimBam, The Jewish Education Project, Let it Ripple, and 70 Faces Media—each were awarded $100,000 to experiment and expand on the ...More

Jim Joseph Foundation Announces First-Ever Request for Proposals

Posted on: April 5th, 2017

Grantmaker Looks to Support New Programs in Educator Professional Development and Leadership Development

San Francisco, CA – The Jim JosephFoundation, which fosters compelling, effective Jewish learning experiences for young Jews in the United States, today announced its first-ever Request for Proposals (RFP) in two grantmaking areas: 1) Cohort-Based Educator Professional Development Programs in Jewish Education and 2) Leadership Development for Current and Future Leaders in Jewish Education. The RFPs can be viewed at “We recognize the immense value in training educators who engage learners and in developing leaders ...More

New Report Highlights Ways Educational Technology Can Advance Jewish Education through Digital Engagement

Posted on: March 15th, 2017

Jim Joseph and William Davidson Foundations Commissioned Study To Understand the Landscape and How Best To Approach Possible Investment

San Francisco, CA -- A new report from the Jim Joseph Foundation and William Davidson Foundation highlights the vast opportunities for more effective, innovative, and accessible Jewish learning experiences facilitated by educational technology and digital engagement. Smart Money: Recommendations for an Educational Technology and Digital Engagement Investment Strategy, commissioned by the foundations and produced by Lewis J. Bernstein and Associates, offers both a clear ...More

Jewish Students Mobilized Across the United States to Design Affordable Solutions with People with Disabilities

Posted on: February 9th, 2017

New York, NY -- 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 organized with the support of the ...More

Onward Israel Receives $8 Million to Expand and Enhance Immersive Israel Experiences for Students and Young Adults

Posted on: February 7th, 2017

Support from Jim Joseph Foundation to deepen program’s Jewish educational component

New York, NY – Onward Israel, which has engaged more than 4,200 young adults in multi-week, immersive, resumé-building experiences in Israel, has received an $8 million investment from the San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation to expand its programs and engage even more participants. A portion of the funding is designated for Onward’s popular theme-based programs and to strengthen the Jewish educational components of all of its offerings. Onward Israel works in collaboration with a wide range of communities ...More

Mechon Hadar Receives its Largest Grant Ever to Expand Work with Jewish Community

Posted on: January 31st, 2017

$2.15 million investment from the Jim Joseph Foundation will support Programs and Priorities in Hadar’s Strategic Plan

New York – Celebrating its tenth year empowering Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing, egalitarian communities of Torah learning, prayer, and service, Mechon Hadar has received a $2.15 million grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation—the largest gift in Hadar’s history. The four year grant will support the programs and priorities outlined in Hadar’s recent Strategic Plan, helping Hadar to double the number of participants in its programs and to ...More

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Receives $2.45 million from Aviv and Jim Joseph Foundations

Posted on: January 24th, 2017

Support will help YCT continue to enroll and graduate rabbinic educators and leaders imbued with a welcoming, inclusive approach to Jewish education and engagement.

New York, NY -- Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT), the Modern Orthodox Rabbinical School, has been granted $2.45 million from the Aviv and Jim Joseph Foundations to support its continued growth and development of rabbinic leaders and educators who exhibit a welcoming, inclusive, and open-minded approach to Jewish education and engagement. YCT alumni serve in yeshiva day schools, in community day schools and ...More

JNF’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel Receives $250,000 Grant for Alumni Engagement and Communal Scholarships

Posted on: January 23rd, 2017

San Francisco, CA -- 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 co-executive director. “This investment from the Jim ...More

New Investments by Jim Joseph Foundation in Teen Jewish Experiences and Educator Training

Posted on: November 30th, 2016

San Francisco, CA – New investments in Jewish teen initiatives and educator training opportunities by the Jim Joseph Foundation are designed to enhance and deepen Jewish learning experiences for youth and young adults throughout the country. The San Francisco-based Foundation, which has awarded more than $440 million, partners with organizations that create vibrant Jewish life and ongoing Jewish learning opportunities. “Excellent Jewish education requires excellent educators who are supported and trained at various stages in their careers,” says Al Levitt, Chair of the Jim Joseph Foundation. “We are excited to ...More

After $45 million investment, HUC-JIR, JTS, and YU Built New Landscape of Jewish Educator Training

Posted on: October 27th, 2016

Key findings include increased salaries, job promotions for many of the 1,500 educators  from Education Initiative Programs

 San Francisco, CA -- A $45 million investment over six years from the Jim Joseph Foundation to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), and Yeshiva University (YU) has produced unprecedented numbers of graduate Jewish education degree and credentialed students, new and better trained Jewish educators, educator professional career advancement, and 20 new educator training programs at the three institutions, among numerous positive outcomes detailed in ...More

Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative Welcomes Sara Allen as First Director

Posted on: October 19th, 2016

Funder Collaborative is expanding co-investments and shared learnings of Jewish teen initiatives

San Francisco, CA -- 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 these ...More

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