Jewish Life

Read about the organizations we support that are working to preserve and strengthen Jewish life and the Jewish people.   

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
JDC is a leader in humanitarian assistance – working in more than 70 countries to confront poverty and crisis, as well as revitalize Jewish life, empower Israel’s future, and develop tomorrow’s Jewish leaders.
Leatid European Center for Jewish Leadership – Project Support $40,000
Leatid trains senior leadership from Jewish communities across Europe through seminars, management courses, planning sessions, and in-service training, bringing together participants from different backgrounds to work together, exchange experiences, and develop a vision for the future of their communities.
Metsuda (Young Leadership Program, Ukraine) Project Support $20,000
Metsuda identifies talented and motivated young Jewish adults ages 18-29 throughout Ukraine and provides them with the knowledge, leadership skills, and resources to become empowered and effective local leaders. Through multi-day seminars, mentoring, and technical assistance, the program helps these young leaders develop and implement Jewish programming in their communities.
Romanian Family CampsProject Support $35,000
Jewish families from across Romania gather for long weekends at camps throughout the country to experience Shabbat and the joy of sharing Jewish rituals together. During the year, weekly and monthly activities at local JCCs provide families with opportunities to explore their Judaism, celebrate Jewish holidays, and strengthen the bonds of community.

Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
Bend the Arc is a progressive Jewish voice in the pursuit of economic and social justice for all, merging Jewish identity with social justice action to help Jews find deeper meaning in issues important to them.
Moral Minyan ProjectProject Support $25,000
In response to the current political climate, Bend the Arc has expanded their on-the-ground presence through local, volunteer-led groups, providing training and infrastructure support to both engage Jewish leaders in national Bend the Arc campaigns, and to mobilize national resources and expertise to advance local social justice issues.

Centropa
Centropa is dedicated to preserving 20th century Jewish family stories from Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans through documentary films and educational resources.
Centropa Jewish Network of European Schools Project Support $25,000
This network brings together Jewish schools in Central, Eastern, and Western Europe for professional development seminars that deliver content, encourage collaboration, share resources and best practices, and help teachers create student projects via social media that cross borders and knit the European Jewish community closer together.

Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC
The Edlavitch DCJCC preserves and strengthens Jewish identity, heritage, tradition, and values through a wide variety of social, cultural, recreational, and educational programs and services.
Washington Jewish Music Festival Project Support $75,000; Gift of $200,000 to $1,000,000 Endowment
The WJMF promotes a broad appreciation of Jewish culture, provides the Greater Washington, DC community an opportunity to connect through music, and serves as an outreach tool for under-engaged Jews. Through collaborations, educational programming, and free events, the WJMF brings together masters of traditional music and cutting-edge contemporary musicians to attract a diverse audience.

GatherDC
GatherDC provides connects young adults to DC’s Jewish social, religious, and learning opportunities – bridging the gap between 20 and 30 somethings and the DC Jewish community. 
Engagement Coordinator Project Support $25,000
More than just an online community, GatherDC focuses on relationship-based engagement that builds and leverages personal connections – providing concierge services to connect Jews to organizations, organizations to Jews, and Jews to Jews.  GatherDC also serves as a clearinghouse and a peer-to-peer connector to engage new arrivals to the DC area and connect them to the local Jewish community.

Hidden Sparks
Hidden Sparks helps children with learning differences reach their full potential in school and life by building capacity within Jewish day schools to meet the needs of diverse learners.
Internal Coach Program Project Support $25,000
The Internal Coach Program develops in-house expertise by training teachers and school leadership to become “coaches” within their own schools, with selected faculty members receiving individual training, group workshops, and intensive mentoring.

Hillel International
Hillel is the world’s largest Jewish campus organization, creating a welcoming environment for students to expand Jewish knowledge, hone leadership skills, bolster ties to Israel, and engage in tikkun olam – repairing the world.
Hillel Center for Campus Climate – Project Support $75,000
Created in response to an increase in antisemitic activities on campuses, HCCC will provide training, resources, best-practices in university policy and practice, research, and guidance for college administrators to ensure that a diverse student population, including a strong Jewish community, can feel secure on campuses across the country.

JArts Boston
Operating Support $50,000
Serving as a presenter, curator, partner, advisor, advocate, and incubator, JArts aims to elevate the profile and reach of Jewish arts in Boston – bringing people and the arts together for enrichment, understanding, introspection, and fun. JArts’ programs range from traditional to innovative and present local, national, and international artists creating work with a distinctive Jewish voice.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Operating Support $200,000
Federation’s work is driven by a mission to care for those in need, deepen engagement in Jewish life and strengthen Jewish identity, and create connections among Jews locally, in Israel, and around the world. Locally, Federation provides critical funding to social service and beneficiary organizations that serve vulnerable populations, agencies that provide lifelong Jewish learning, and programs that engage people in Jewish life. Federation also partners with national and international organizations to care for Jews in need and strengthen Jewish identity throughout the world.
PJ LibraryProject Support $35,000
PJ Library is a national initiative that connects families to Jewish books, Jewish community, and meaningful Jewish experiences. Age-appropriate books books are sent each month to children ages 6 months to 11 years at no cost to the family – a gift from the local Jewish community to foster Jewish learning and serve as a gateway for deeper engagement in Jewish life.   

Jewish Social Service Agency
Operating Support $50,000
For more than 120 years, JSSA has addressed the needs of thousands of people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. JSSA provides a comprehensive range of social services – 95% of which are fully or partially subsidized– including diagnostic assessments, counseling and mental health treatment, in-home support and hospice care, career coaching, information and resource referral, and case management.

Moishe House
Moishe House builds vibrant, peer-based Jewish communities through open, welcoming homes that host a diverse range of accessible social, cultural, and religious events for post-college young adults.
Moishe House Without Walls Project Support $100,000
Building a physical Moishe House is not feasible in every community, so MHWOW provides young adults with training, resources, financial reimbursement, and programmatic support to become leaders and create events for their friends and networks, with a goal of building Jewish community and creating meaningful Jewish experiences for their peers.

National Museum of Jewish America History
The Museum presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore, and celebrate the history of Jews in America.
New Jewish Culture Network Project Support $32,000
The Network, comprised of Jewish arts presenters from across the country, brings members together to learn and share, form strategic partnerships and collaborations, and generate discourse about the performing arts through a Jewish lens.

PJ Library Alliance
Engagement and Education Support $250,000
Capitalizing on PJ Library’s reach and success, the PJ Library Alliance invests in increasing quality programmatic efforts to help families continue their Jewish journeys “beyond the books” – through supplemental materials and tools; community-based experiences; in-home, online/offline programming; and weaving together the PJ community with the broader Jewish community in cities throughout North America.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Sixth & I serves as an inviting gateway for Washington, DC’s Jewish young adults, utilizing a multi-denominational and non-membership approach to strengthen Jewish identity and engagement.
6th in the City Project Support $60,000
Through a creative mix of Jewish and secular high-impact, low-cost, multifaceted programming, the 6th in the City program series offers a space for Jews in their 20s and 30s to connect—to Judaism, arts and culture, spirituality, and to each other – through unique cultural, religious and social programming that builds community while socializing, learning, sharing ideas, and serving others.

Valley Beit Midrash
VBM’s mission is to improve the quality of Jewish life in the Greater Phoenix area by bringing together a diverse cross-section of the community, encouraging collaboration, and cultivating leaders.
Programming for young adults and families with young childrenProject Support $50,000
VBM seeks to create deeper relationships with individuals and families who are peripherally connected to Jewish life, helping them identify paths to more meaningful engagement by facilitating warm hand-offs between VBM’s umbrella of programs, so as individuals and families move through their Jewish journeys, they are engaged in programming that reflects their changing interests and needs.