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The Enjoyably Unexpected “Ah-Ha” Moments of Site Visits

By Aaron Saxe on November 2nd, 2015

Leaving the confines of the Jim Joseph Foundation offices for an on-the-ground visit with grantees is both an important and genuinely enjoyable part of the job as a program officer. I credit these “site visits” for playing a significant part in my continued growth at the Foundation over the last six months. They have strengthened my relationship with grantees and greatly improved my understanding of a grant program or organization in which the Foundation invested. Yet, the lessons learned from a site visit are not always immediately obvious or what one might expect. Sometimes this learning occurs in surprising ways and at surprising times. Moreover, what has crystalized for me is the idea that both the formal and informal parts of site ...More

Jewish Enrichment in Action: A First Hand Look at BBYO’s International Convention

By Renee Rubin Ross on March 6th, 2014

Several weeks ago, I spent a few days at BBYO’s International Convention (IC) in Dallas, Texas. As others have written, IC was an inspiring gathering of 1,800 Jewish teens, the largest recent gathering of Jewish teens on record.  For the Jim Joseph Foundation, it was an opportunity for a site visit to see the large scale of BBYO’s work and to observe a small gathering that took place the day before the Convention opened: the first-ever Jewish Enrichment Institute (JEI). Almost two years ago, Directors of the Foundation approved a grant of $1.9 Million for the Directors of Jewish Enrichment (DJE) Initiative, to enhance the quality of experiential Jewish education offered to teens involved with BBYO throughout North America. This ...More

Site Visits: A Chance to See Jewish Education in Action

By on September 29th, 2013

A “site visit” is just what the name implies—an opportunity to leave our climate-controlled downtown San Francisco offices and get into the action of the Jewish educational initiatives that we fund, whether they be schools, camps, teacher training projects, youth groups, or study groups. Site visits are inspiring—each is an opportunity to experience the power, energy, and hope that come across in the projects that we fund. I learned early on in my employment at the Foundation that a critical rule is to approach site visits with a feeling of humility. We visit organizations that we currently fund, are considering funding, or about which we want to learn more. Grantees or potential grantees clearly appreciate the opportunities that Foundation funding makes ...More

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