Ford Foundation renews AJC grant to build Latino-Jewish ties


(JTA) — The Ford Foundation for the third consecutive year has awarded the American Jewish Committee a $500,000 grant to strengthen Latino-Jewish relations.

The grant for the AJC’s Bridging America Project also creates momentum for substantive immigration reform.

Ann Schaffer, director of the AJC’s Belfer Center for American Pluralism, said the foundation’s commitment is testimony to the impact that the project is making nationally and regionally.

“By strengthening relations with Latinos and other key stakeholders, we are reminded of why a majority of Americans support much-needed immigration reform measures,” she said.

The Bridging America Project has created a national network of business leaders, law enforcement officials, clergy, elected officials and other stakeholders who are using their leadership positions to broaden support for immigration reform.

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