Jim Joseph Foundation Awards $7.8 Million for Jewish Education

The in San Francisco has announced grants totaling nearly $7.8 million in support of Jewish educational programming.

The awards, which boost the foundation's lifetime grantmaking to more than $300 million, include $3 million to in support of a new fellowship program that will be piloted in four cities; $1.4 million to the to expand opportunities for young Jews on college campuses around the country to study Israel and related topics; and $150,000 to Brandeis University's in support of its effort to assist college faculty in developing and teaching Israel studies on their respective campuses. In addition, the foundation awarded a $1.4 million challenge grant to the in support of a community-based Jewish teen education and engagement initiative.

Other new grants include an award of nearly $500,000 to the in support of regional operations in New York, Connecticut, and south Florida; $750,000 in general operating and capacity building support to .; $250,000 to in support of its Sefaria Project, which aims to build build a "living library" of Jewish texts online; $250,000 to the in support of its efforts to provide educational tours of its collection; and nearly $168,000 to the in support of a pilot collaboration between the Jewish Community Federation and .

"We are incredibly privileged to work closely with grantees committed to innovative and effective Jewish learning and engagement," said Al Levitt, the foundation's president. "Certainly, reaching this grant amount is a milestone, but its true significance lies within the number of youth and young adults whose Jewish journeys have been shaped as a result of these efforts."

"." Jim Joseph Foundation Press Release 03/11/2014.