Michael Steinhardt Joins Board of JDC-Taub Center

Michael Steinhardt has joined the board of the JDC-Taub Center for Social Policy.

The center, founded in 1982 by American the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, provides the country’s leading policy makers and general public with overarching socio-economic perspective, together with long-term strategic analyses and appraisals of policy options in the economic and social spheres, according to the JDC.

Steinhardt, became famous in the hedge fund world for using his often contradictory investment methods to make nearly a half a billion dollars, retired from the investment world in the mid-1990s to become a full time philanthropist.

He is one of the architects of Birthright Israel.

“Steinhardt’s original thinking will challenge many of the social conventions in Israel and bring fresh and unconventional options to the table,” said Steve Schwager, JDC’s Chief Executive Officer.

Here’s the press release:

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New York, NY, October 26, 2009 – Michael Steinhardt, one of the leading American Jewish philanthropists, has joined the Board of Directors of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, announced Professor Dan Ben-David, the Center’s Executive Director. The Center was established in 1982 by American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

The Taub Center is one of Israel’s most prestigious think-tanks. It provides the country’s leading policy makers and general public with overarching socio-economic perspective, together with long-term strategic analyses and appraisals of policy options in the economic and social spheres. The Center operates in concert with JDC’s work strengthening vulnerable populations in Israel.  It is named in honor of philanthropist and civic leader Henry Taub of Tenafly, NJ.

“Congratulations to the Taub Center on this prominent appointment! Michael Steinhardt is credited with some of the most challenging and innovative Jewish endeavors in recent years, including MAKOR and as one of the founders of Birthright Israel. Steinhardt’s original thinking will challenge many of the social conventions in Israel and bring fresh and unconventional options to the table,” said Steve Schwager, JDC’s Chief Executive Officer.
 

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