Press Releases


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


Institute for Curriculum Services to Expand Israel Education Professional Development

Posted on: October 19th, 2016

With $600,000 Jim Joseph Foundation grant, ICS will reach more public and private school teachers

San Francisco, CA -- The Institute for Curriculum Services (ICS), a national nonprofit initiative of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, has received a $600,000 grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation. The grant will allow ICS to offer significantly more professional development on Judaism and the Arab-Israeli conflict in order to support teachers in meeting their curricular mandates. By working with social studies textbook publishers, ...More


Jim Joseph Foundation Announces Additional Grants From Summer 2016

Posted on: October 5th, 2016

More than $21 million awarded to support Jewish education

San Francisco, CA – The Jim Joseph Foundation today announced that more than $21 million were awarded in new grants during summer 2016 to support effective Jewish learning experiences and to build the capacity of organizations that make them possible. Based in San Francisco, the Foundation is in its eleventh year of grantmaking and has awarded more than $440 million to support Jewish education primarily for youth, teens, and young adults in the United States. “These valued partners create compelling experiences ...More


Jim Joseph Foundation Awards $10 million to Birthright Israel Foundation

Posted on: September 21st, 2016

Grant will subsidize trips as Birthright Israel continues to raise the quality of educational experience

 New York, NY -- The Jim Joseph Foundation today announced a $10 million grant to Birthright Israel Foundation (BRIF). This is the largest total gift the Foundation has awarded to Birthright Israel, which will be paid out over three years. The award will subsidize Birthright Israel experiences for young adults from North America, and comes as BRIF continues to increase the breadth and depth of the Birthright Israel educational experience. More than 45,000 North ...More


Shalom Hartman Institute Receives $1 million Towards its Israel Education on Campus Efforts from Jim Joseph Foundation

Posted on: September 13th, 2016

Grant supports expansion of “iEngage on Campus” to West Coast and launch of new programs

San Francisco, CA -- The Shalom Hartman Institute, a center for research and education that improves the quality of Jewish life in Israel and North America, has received a grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation for $1 million over three years to expand its iEngage on Campus program on the West Coast and to launch new Israel education initiatives to be piloted at West Coast campuses. This is the Foundation’s second major grant ...More


 BBYO Launches $90 Million Campaign with $30 Million of Support

Posted on: September 6th, 2016

Gifts totaling $28.8 million from two long-time funders lead effort for BBYO to expand its capacity and double its growth rate over the next five years WASHINGTON, DC— BBYO is pleased to announce it has received an unprecedented $28.8 million in support from two long-time funders toward its newly launched $90 million five-year “This Moment in Time” campaign. The campaign will enable BBYO to double its annual growth rate, with the goal of having 27,000 members annually by the end of the 2022 school year. BBYO will also expand its workforce, ...More


Jim Joseph Foundation Announces November 1, 2016 as New Start Date for Incoming President and CEO Barry Finestone

Posted on: July 20th, 2016

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation today announced that incoming President and CEO Barry Finestone will assume his new role effective November 1, 2016. Founded in 2006, the Foundation has awarded more than $420 million in grants to foster compelling, effective Jewish education for youth, teens, and young adults in the United States. Finestone will assume this role as Chip Edelsberg, the Foundation’s first executive director, steps down. “The Jim Joseph Foundation already has left an indelible mark on Jewish education in North America,” says Barry Finestone, ...More


Jim Joseph Foundation Announces Additional Grants From Spring Board Meeting of 2016

Posted on: June 16th, 2016

More than $17.4 million awarded to support Jewish education

San Francisco, CA – The Jim Joseph Foundation today announced that more than $17.4 million were awarded in new grants at its spring 2016 Board meeting to support effective Jewish learning experiences and the educators who help make those experiences possible. Based in San Francisco, the Foundation is in its eleventh year of grantmaking and has awarded more than $420 million in Jewish education primarily for youth, teens, and young adults in the United States. “Taken together, this newest slate ...More


Early Career Fellowship Program Launches with $1.5 Million Jim Joseph Foundation Grant

Posted on: June 15th, 2016

Gann Academy, Abraham Joshua Heschel School, and de Toledo High School to lead Innovative Program to Develop Young Leaders For Careers in Jewish Education

San Francisco, CA  -- A new Early Career Fellowship Program will launch later this year to develop and position young leaders for careers in Jewish education. The pilot program is led by Gann Academy in Waltham, Massachusetts; Abraham Joshua Heschel School in New York, New York; and de Toledo High School in Los Angeles, California and is supported by a $1.5 million grant from the Jim ...More


Barry Finestone Named Incoming President and CEO of the Jim Joseph Foundation

Posted on: February 17th, 2016

Effective January 1, 2017, Finestone to Lead SF-based Foundation Committed to Jewish Education

 San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation today announced that Barry Finestone will become its President and CEO effective January 1, 2017. Founded in 2006, the Foundation has awarded more than $400 million in grants to foster compelling, effective Jewish education for youth, teens, and young adults in the United States. Finestone will assume this role as Chip Edelsberg, the Foundation’s first executive director, steps down.  “I watched admiringly over the last ten ...More

The Jim Joseph Foundation invests in promising Jewish education grant initiatives. We partner with effective organizations that seek to inspire young people to discover the joy of living vibrant Jewish lives.