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Engaging, Educating, and Inspiring Young Jewish Minds 2008 – 2012 Jim Joseph Foundation Summary Report

By on March 11th, 2013

We thought we were compiling an “annual report.” But as we reviewed grantee achievements and evaluation reports documenting these accomplishments, we realized that there was a bigger story to tell. This is how the Jim Joseph Foundation’s 2008 – 2012 Summary Report came to be. While it will be no surprise if you follow our work closely, we sought to depict the full story of numerous initiatives and programs – from development to implementation to the collaboration and learning that occurs throughout a typical Jim Joseph Foundation/grantee relationship. Of course, sharing positive outcomes is an integral part of the story. The Foundation’s grants are viewed as investments.  Grant awards are usually made over multiple years.  Meaningful results are rarely realized by grantees ...More

New Media in Jewish Studies Collaborative

By on September 4th, 2012

Last week, I attended parts of a two-day work session of the New Media in Jewish Studies Collaborative. The Collaborative, headed by Columbia Jewish Studies Professor Jeremy Dauber and documentarian Sam Ball of Citizen Film, is a recently funded Jim Joseph Foundation grant program that is engaging a cohort of ten Jewish Studies professors from around the country to incorporate new media and digital storytelling into their teaching, student assignments and scholarship. Bringing new media into Jewish Studies could be a game-changer: A recent study found that almost half of Jewish college students took at least one Jewish studies course by the time they were seniors. Other studies demonstrate the deep impact that New Media has on ...More

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