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Integrating Israel into Jewish Identity – March 2012

By on March 10th, 2012

The Jim Joseph Foundation views teens, youth and young adults who are beneficiaries of the Foundation’s grantees as sovereign, intentional, meaning-making individuals who instinctively desire to belong to supportive communities.  While the Foundation hopes that all these young people connect Israel to their Judaism in some purposeful way, we suspect this does not happen automatically. The Jim Joseph Foundation has a fairly straightforward approach to providing grant support that leads to opportunities for youth and young adults to integrate a relationship with Israel into their Jewish identity.  The Foundation believes that learning about Israel’s history and culture, its politics and people helps individuals to develop informed opinions about Israel.  The Foundation also thinks that an individual who has multiple immersive Israel ...More

Funding Strategies for Young Adults

By on January 5th, 2011

In December of 2010, I was asked to present lessons learned and recommendations for funding Jewish young adult programs at the opening meeting of the Impact Grants Initiative sponsored by the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Here is a link to the slides I prepared for the presentation. ...More

September 2006

By on September 18th, 2006

The Jim Joseph Foundation was recently privileged to host a two day Retreat with distinguished madrichm (guides) Rabbi David Ellenson, Arthur Fried, Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, Alan Hoffmann, Richard Joel, Rachel Levin, Ruth Messinger, Jehuda Reinharz, and Jeff Solomon. (Invited guest Arnold Eisen unfortunately was unable to attend.) Each of these experienced, thoughtful Jewish leaders submitted a paper to the Foundation prior to the Retreat. Individually, the madrichim responded to a single question that is of great import and urgency to the Foundation: given the Foundation’s anticipated availability of 20 million dollars to grant, annually, on a perpetual basis, what strategic grant making opportunities in support of education of Jewish youth in the United States evidence greatest promise for making an indelible ...More

July 2006

By on July 18th, 2006

It is an extraordinary honor to have been selected the founding Executive Director of the Jim Joseph Foundation. Jim was devoted to the continuity of the Jewish people. He believed that education of children and youth was critical to ensuring that Jews in the U.S. enjoy a secure future. He desired that our young people should be guided by the lessons of our distinctive history and that they grow up to lead lives suffused with Jewish values in personal and professional pursuits. Jim’s generous gift to Jewish philanthropy in support of the education of children and youth is remarkable testimony to his manifest devotion. I am fortunate to be working with a Board of Directors whose diverse talents promise to make ...More

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