The Jim Joseph Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $3.6 million in support of efforts to enhance and deepen Jewish learning experiences for youth and young adults in the United States.
Grant recipients include the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, which was awarded $2.14 million in matching funds for a community-based Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative; the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, Marin, & Peninsula, which will receive $600,000 for its Institute for Curriculum Services National Professional Development Scale Up Initiative; and the New Teacher Center in Santa Cruz, California, which was awarded $485,500 to implement the second phase of the Jewish New Teacher Project's five-year initiative to expand the quality of teaching in Jewish day schools.
In addition, the foundation awarded an expedited grant of $250,000 to Yahel – Israel Service Learning through the Jewish Federations of North America, and a grant of $242,000 in support of the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education's Bay Area Peoplehood Education Initiative.
"Excellent Jewish education requires excellent educators who are supported and trained at various stages in their careers," said Al Levitt, the foundation's chair. "We are excited to partner with these grantees to help create even more dynamic Jewish learning opportunities for youth, teens, and young adults."