Jim Joseph Foundation awards $6.4M in grants for Jewish education


(JTA) — The San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation has approved nearly $6.4 million in new grants for Jewish educational projects.

The grants announced this week benefit youth, teens and young adults in the United States.

Grants include up to $3.2 million for a rabbinic fellowship focusing on innovation and “emergent Jewish communities”; up to $1.5 million for Sefaria, a website offering free online access to hundreds of Hebrew and Aramaic texts, English translations and commentaries, and up to $487,500 for a pilot program developing academic workshops at Israeli universities for faculty and senior administrators of American universities.

Other beneficiaries include Mechon Hadar, a pluralistic yeshiva in New York City; the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, Mississippi; Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, a liberal Orthodox seminary in New York City, and the BBYO nondenominational youth group.

“The Foundation is deeply grateful to partner with these innovative grantees committed to Jewish learning,” Al Levitt, president of the Jim Joseph Foundation, said in a statement Tuesday.

Since making its first grants 10 years ago, the foundation has awarded nearly $400 million.

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