Professional Team

Dawne Bear Novicoff

dawne_bear_novicoff_156x200Dawne Bear Novicoff is Assistant Director of the Jim Joseph Foundation. She manages a portfolio of grants that include initiatives in the area of Early Childhood Education; Israel Education; Jewish Service Learning and educator training within institutions of higher education.  One of her primary portfolio responsibilities is the Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative, focusing on graduate education degrees and certificate programs at Hebrew Union College, Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University.

Prior to her position at the Foundation, Dawne worked for 10 years at the Jewish Community Federation in San Francisco as the Director of Israel & Overseas Planning and Programming.

Dawne is a native of Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from the double BA program at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary with a focus on American Jewish History.

Dawne resides in San Francisco with her husband and two children. She spends most of her free time as an active volunteer at Congregation Beth Sholom and attending youth soccer games.

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.