Project Genesis clarification

The post from Tuesday regarding the Russian Genesis Philanthropy Group had several inaccuracies.

The project to fund Jewish identity programs for Russian-speaking Jews is funded only by Russian billionaires,while American groups such as the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and the Chais Family Foundation are only consultants and/or board members. Philanthropists Lev Leviev and Vladimir Goussinsky are not involved with the project.

The Jewish Funders Network is running the organization’s American operation out of New York. It has similar arrangements with Matan in Israel and Charities Aid Foundation Russia, a British-based organization.

Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz, the former executive director of the Chabad-led Federation of Jewish Communities, has left the federation to set up an independent office in Moscow focused on reaching out to unaffiliated Jews in Russia, a central goal of Genesis. He has been called upon to consult on the project, but is not an employee.

Read the full story on this interesting project here.

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