Jim Joseph Foundation Awards $7m. in New Grants

The Jim Joseph Foundation has announced their newest round of grant-making totaling $7,769,357. The grants, awarded in December 2013 and February 2014, continue to focus on the Foundation’s strategic grantmaking priorities: 1) Increase the Number and Quality of Jewish Educators; 2) Expand Effective Jewish Learning for Youth and Young Adults; and 3) Build a Strong Field of Jewish Education.


Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Greater Boston, Inc.
Up to $1,396,857 over four years (2014-2018) to be matched on a dollar for dollar basis

  • A community-based Jewish teen education and engagement initiative serving the greater Boston Community.
  • The grant is the first-ever as part of the Foundation’s funder collaborative on new community-wide teen initiatives on Jewish identity building, which is a follow-up effort from its report Effective Strategies for Education and Engaging Jewish Teens

Repair the World
Up to $3,000,000 over three years (2014-2016)

  • Support to launch Repair the World Communities, a fellowship program in four pilot cities
  • Support for the expansion and deepening of Repair Networks, which provides technical support, tools, and resources to bring Jewish values into service, along with referrals and opportunities for young Jewish adults to experience a range of Jewish service-learning.

Israel Institute
Up to $1,420,000 over three years (2014-2017)

  • To expand and enrich Israel Studies opportunities for young Jews on college campuses around the United States
  • The grant will support four areas: 1) a junior faculty seeding grant at SUNY Binghamton; 2) a college summer internship program; 3) and Israel Studies faculty growth grant; and 4) an online course program

Brandeis University Summer Institute for Israel Studies (SIIS)

Up to $150,000 over one year (2014-2015) to Brandeis University’s Schusterman Center for Israel Studies for the SIIS – an institute to train college professionals – to develop and teach courses in Israel studies at their campuses

Jewish Student Connection (JSC)
Up to $497,500 over one year (2014-2015)

  • Support for JSC’s regional operations in Westchester (NY)/Connecticut and South Florida
  • To support JSC’s national efforts to support the local regions and to prepare to expand to new locations

American Friends of the Israel Museum
Up to $250,000 over two years (2014-2016) for up to 50,000 Birthright participants to participate in educational tours at the Israel Museum

Reboot, Inc.
Up to $750,000 over one year (2014) to provide general operating and capacity building support

Expedited Grants from December 2013 and February 2014:

Jewish Jumpstart
Up to $250,000 over 18 months (2013-2015) to support the Sefaria Project to continue to build its technology for an open source, digitized, multilingual, interactive platform of the written history and laws of the Jewish people

Moving Traditions
Up to $55,000 over one year (2013-2014) to support an evaluation of the program, Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!

Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties: JCF-NEXT Birthright Experience Pilot
Up to $167,935 over three years (2013-2016)
A unique pilot collaboration between the Jewish Community Federation and NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation

  • Designed to maximize the Birthright experience through pre- and post-trip Jewish engagement and community building programming centered on Birthright alumni and their peers in the greater Bay Area and neighboring California regions

These latest grants bring Jim Joseph Foundation’s total grantmaking, since 2006, to $303,950,338.