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Jim Joseph gives $5 million to NYU to pay for advance degrees in Jewish education

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The Jim Joseph Foundation will give $4.96 million over six years to New York University for a scholarship program to support graduate studies in Jewish education.

Starting in 2009, the San Francisco-based foundation will give full scholarships to eight students in NYU’s dual Ph.D. program in education and Jewish studies, which was founded in 2001, according to a press release on NYU’s Web site. And it will award 16 full scholarships to a new program for students to earn dual Masters degrees in education and Jewish studies. The recipients of the scholarships will be known as Jim Joseph Foundation Fellows.

The grant will also help pay for administration an adjunct faculty at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies.

“The Jim Joseph Foundation believes ardently in the importance of Jewish educators and their critical role in ensuring a vibrant Jewish future,” Chip Edelsberg, the executive director of the Jim Joseph foundation, said in the release. “We are confident this significant investment in NYU supporting these degree programs will produce future Jewish educational leaders.

And now the pitch:

If you are an organization or a foundation and you have received or given a grant, please let me know and I’ll post it. (That way I don’t have to read about it a week late from the Chronicle of Philanthropy and then wait until it is 9 a.m. in San Francisco so I can give your PR person the old “What the heck, why didn’t you tell me about this?” call.)

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