Press Releases


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


Jim Joseph Foundation Announces New Grants From Final Board Meetings of 2015

Posted on: January 5th, 2016

More than $6.3 million awarded to organizations in a range of Jewish education areas

San Francisco, CA – After completing its tenth year of grantmaking, the Jim Joseph Foundation today announced $6,355,000 in new grants awarded at its fall and winter 2015 Board meetings. Based in San Francisco, the Foundation has awarded nearly $400 million in grants to organizations that help create effective and compelling Jewish learning experiences for youth, teens, and young adults in the United States. “The Foundation is deeply grateful to partner with these innovative grantees ...More


JFNA and Houston Federation Offer Scholarships to Families Affected by Flood

Posted on: October 9th, 2015

Grants Awarded by Jim Joseph and AVI CHAI Foundations for day schools, preschools, & overnight camps

Houston area families affected by the Memorial Day Flood received scholarships for Jewish day schools, early childhood programs and overnight camps, thanks to two grants totaling $300,000 from the Jim Joseph and AVI CHAI Foundations. The grants were awarded to the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and were allocated by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Money was distributed to the schools and camps and designated for families who applied for FEMA ...More


Hillel International Receives $16 Million Grant From Jim Joseph Foundation

Posted on: September 10th, 2015

Major Gift in Hillel’s “Drive to Excellence” Campaign to Deepen and Expand Jewish Learning Experiences for Students

WASHINGTON -- Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, has received a new $16 million grant over five years from the Jim Joseph Foundation, positioning the organization to provide significantly more and better educational experiences to Jewish students on college campuses. The Foundation’s grant—the largest it has ever awarded—comes as Hillel begins its Drive to Excellence, which will help campuses and communities around the world implement the best ...More


Jim Joseph Foundation Announces New Grants Awarded at Special Board Meeting in Israel

Posted on: August 24th, 2015

More than $13.6 million awarded at Board Meeting coinciding with Foundation’s 10th Anniversary

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Earlier this summer, the San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation awarded more than $13.6 million in new grants at a special Board Meeting in Israel to mark the Foundation’s 10th anniversary. The Foundation’s founder, Jim Joseph, z”l, was laid to rest in Israel upon his passing in 2003. Today, the Foundation that bears his name has awarded more than $370 million in grants to organizations that help create effective and compelling Jewish ...More


Jim Joseph Foundation Welcomes Dr. Jeffrey Solomon & David Agger as Members of Board of Directors

Posted on: June 3rd, 2015

Each brings unique expertise to San Francisco-based foundation committed to Jewish education

San Francisco, CA -- The Jim Joseph Foundation today announced that Dr. Jeffrey Solomon and David Agger have joined its Board of Directors. The new Directors bring fresh perspectives and expertise to the San Francisco-based foundation committed to fostering compelling, effective Jewish learning experiences for youth and young adults in the United States. Dr. Jeffrey Solomon joins the Board after an illustrious and deeply impactful career dedicated to Jewish philanthropy. He served for 18 years as President ...More


New Case Study Details Characteristics of Successful Teen Education Funder Collaborative

Posted on: April 20th, 2015

Space for Sharing Challenges, Commitment to Evaluation Two Key Reasons Noted in Report

 San Francisco, CA -- A group comprised of 15 national and local funders committed to investing in community-based Jewish teen education initiatives today released a commissioned case study detailing insights and lessons learned from their first two years working together. The case study—Finding New Paths for Teen Engagement and Learning: A Funder Collaborative—prepared by Informing Change, is designed to inform other co-funding and shared learning efforts both within and outside of the Jewish philanthropic ...More


Chip Edelsberg to Step Down in December 2016 as Jim Joseph Foundation Executive Director

Posted on: April 2nd, 2015

Led Foundation Since 2006, Will Remain Involved Professionally As Consultant

San Francisco, CA – The Jim Joseph Foundation Board of Directors and founding Executive Director Chip Edelsberg, Ph.D., today announced that he will step down effective December 31, 2016. Edelsberg has served in the position since 2006, shortly after the Foundation became a private foundation. The Foundation seeks to create compelling, effective Jewish learning experiences for youth and young adults in the United States. “Serving as the executive director of the Jim Joseph Foundation has been the professional opportunity of ...More


Jim Joseph Foundation Awards Nearly $24 million in Grants at Winter Board Meetings

Posted on: March 3rd, 2015

Grants Reflect Wide Range of Jewish Learning Experiences for Varied Age Groups

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- The San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation announced grant awards from its two winter board meetings totaling nearly $24 million to organizations and institutions engaged in Jewish education. The Foundation focuses on creating effective and compelling Jewish learning experiences for youth and young adults in the United States.

“These two rounds of grant awards reflect an especially exciting moment for Jewish education and the grantees with which we partner,” says ...More


Jim Joseph Foundation Awards $5.25 million in Grants At Latest Board Meeting

Posted on: November 19th, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation today announced grant awards from its Fall 2014 Board meeting, totaling more than $5 million to a variety of Jewish education organizations. Grants were awarded to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, American Institutes for Research, Birthright Israel Foundation, and Kevah. “Many of these new grants build on the previous determined work of grantees to create more Jewish learning opportunities,” notes Al Levitt, President of the Jim Joseph Foundation. “We are excited to help successful initiatives expand and evolve to engage even more ...More


The Jim Joseph Foundation Mourns the Passing of Ralph Goldman Z”l

Posted on: October 8th, 2014

The Jim Joseph Foundation joins others around the world in mourning the passing of Ralph Goldman, a former leader of the American JRalph Goldmanoint Distribution Committee who also played an integral role in the founding of Israel. “Ralph Goldman embodied what it means to truly change the world,” says Al Levitt, president of the Jim Joseph Foundation. “He was an inspiration, a visionary leader who profoundly impacted the lives of countless of Jews around the globe. From his role in the founding ...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.