The Jim Joseph Foundation in San Francisco has announced grants totaling more than $4.5 million in support of Jewish educational programming.
The awards include nearly $1.5 million over six years to Stanford University for the next phase of an effort to nurture high-quality applied Jewish educational research that helps education practitioners improve their work; a $1.2 million, eighteen-month general operating support grant to Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School; $600,000 to the Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation in support of an expansion of the Facing History Partner Jewish Day Schools Project; and $250,000 over five years to New York University's Berman Jewish Policy Archive for the expansion of the Jewish Survey Question Bank, an online tool designed to improve future Jewish social research.
In addition, the foundation awarded $385,000 to Brandeis University and $588,000 to Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion to support twelve DeLeT fellows at each instituion. The program prepares fellows to become teacher-leaders able to teach general studies, Judaic studies, Hebrew, or Tanakh in Jewish day schools.
"Within this group of grantees, grants address day school curriculum, teacher training, and scholarly Jewish social research," said the foundation's president, Al Levitt. "We continue to be inspired by the determined, innovative work of these and other grantees. Working collaboratively, we strive to create ever-increasing opportunities for Jewish youth and young adults to engage in vibrant Jewish living and learning."