Jim Joseph Foundation gives $5 million to NYU

The Jim Joseph Foundation will give some $5 million to New York University to support graduate studies in Jewish education.

Starting in 2009, the 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 news release on NYU’s Web site. The foundation also will award 16 full scholarships to students in a new dual Masters degree program in education and Jewish studies. The recipients of the scholarships will be known as Jim Joseph Foundation Fellows.

The $4.96 million, six-year grant will also help pay for administration and 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.

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