The , , and foundations, , and the Maimonides Fund have announced investments totaling $6 million to to expand and ensure the sustainability of the organization's programs for young Jewish adults.
Founded in 2006 as a community-building model for Jewish adults in their twenties, Moishe House comprises forty-six residences in fourteen countries and serves more than fifty thousand attendees a year. The grants will support the expansion of the Moishe House model, including an increase in the number of residences serving the Russian-speaking Jewish community; Jewish educational training for residents and their peers; and investment in Moishe House's fundraising and organizational infrastructure.
To help catalyze support from additional donors, the Jim Joseph Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar, up to $3 million, all funds raised from federations and individuals over the next four and half years. According to Joseph Foundation board president Al Levitt, the coordination among funders and funding support will greatly boost the sustainability of the organization. "We are optimistic that this grantmaking will help carry Moishe House through a second stage of growth to a point of long-term viability," said Levitt.
The growth plan also includes replicating on a larger scale a pilot grant coordinated by the Maimonides Fund and implementing , a new pilot project funded by the Leichtag Family Foundation that helps Moishe House alumni and young Jewish adults in San Diego to build their networks and communities.
"Moishe House is a vital gateway through which young Jewish adults can shape Jewish life in their own image," said Lynn Schusterman, chair of the , which includes the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. "The incredible pace at which Moishe House has grown is testament to its resonance with the young people it seeks to engage. We are excited to build on our past commitments by partnering with these foundations to help bring Moishe House's programming to even more people."