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  • State Department award $770,000 to promote diverse Israeli citizenship

    The State Department has given $770,000 in grants to Merchavim, an Israeli NGO working on diversity in Israel and shared citizenship for all legal citizens of the country.  The majority of the grant, some $750,000, will go to epand an existing collaboration between Merchavim and the American nonprofit behind Sesame Street, the Sesame Workshop, to… More ▸

  • Maltz foundation gives $20 million to Cleveland symphony

    The Maltz Family Foundation of the Cleveland Jewish Federation has given $20 million to help the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra attract a younger crowd. The money will go towards establishing a $60 million endowment to give the country the orchestra the youngest audience of any symphony in the country by 2018, the orchestra’s centennial, according to… More ▸

  • JDC partners with UNICEF in Haiti

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is partnering with U.S. Fund for UNICEF to create open spaces for children in Haiti as the island country recovers from last winter’s devastating earthquake. The JDC will give $240,000 to support UNICEF’s Child Friendly Spaces program, which builds safe and protective environments throughout Haiti for children who have… More ▸

  • Marcus Foundation re-ups on camp “MBA” program

    The Atlanta-based Marcus foundation has re-upped on a grant to help better train leaders of nonprofit Jewish overnight camps. The foundation has given $850,000 to the Foundation for Jewish Camp to help give camp directors executive training through its Executive Leadership Institute. The program, which the FJC likens to an MBA program for camp directors,… More ▸

  • Birthright chairman makes $15 million gift to NJ Jewish day school

    Daniel and Jane Och have given the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union in New Jersey a $15 million matching gift to help provide tuition easement for middle class families and for capital improvements, according to The New Jersey Jewish News.  The gift, which is the largest the school has ever received, was… More ▸

  • Taubman gives Hadassah $300,000 to fight ALS

    Detroit-based philanthropist Alfred Taubman has given $300,000 to Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, for stem cell research to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gherig’s disease. Taubman’s gift will be used to support the collaborative research of  Dr. Benjamin Reubinoff, the director of the Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Center at… More ▸

  • Boston federation gives $2.1 million to boost day schools

    The Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston will give $2.1 million towards an initiative to help families afford tuition at Jewish kindergartens, according to The Boston Globe. Writes the Globe:  The Discover Day School Initiative will provide financial aid to families earning up to $250,000 annually, but who may not be able to afford the average… More ▸

  • Billy Crystal makes gift to Hebrew U.

     Actor Billy Crystal has made a gift to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem to foster ongoing activities at the “Billy Crystal Peace through the Performing Arts” project, which he established in 1999, according to the group’s American fund-raising branch. The gift will be used to create and present workshops, programs and theatrical performances at The Hebrew… More ▸