The San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation has announced grants totaling $17 million in support of Jewish education organizations.
Grant recipients include the UJA-Federation of New York, which was awarded a $4.4 million grant over four years to fund a community-based initiative aimed at boosting participation in summer Jewish education programs among New York City-area teens; the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies North America, which will receive $3.7 million over four years in support of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators and the Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project; and Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, which will receive up to $2 million in support of its efforts to expand effective campus-based Jewish student engagement and experiential learning.
Awards announced by the foundation also include a grant of up to $2.5 million over five years to the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in support of the content and engagement component of a funder partnership created to expand the reach and impact of the PJ Library in North America; a three-year, $1.75 million grant to the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties to expand the Jewish Resource Specialist Program within its early childhood education initiative; and a previously announced $2.2 million matching grant to the Rose Community Foundation in Denver.
"These new grants support collaborative and dynamic initiatives designed to educate significant numbers of Jewish youth and young adults," said Al Levitt, the foundation's president. "Particularly with the recent events in Israel, we are steadfast in our determination to create more compelling Jewish learning opportunities and to pursue the vision of vibrant Jewish life. We are fortunate to work closely with grantees that share these goals and are deeply committed to their work."