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Recently, a group of 15 different organizations released a case study – Finding New Paths for Teen Engagement and Learning: A Funder Collaborative Leads the Way – detailing the two-years they’ve spent working together, learning about and investing in Jewish teen education and engagement initiatives. There are a litany of insights and interesting lessons to pull from the study, which we believe are beneficial to organizations well beyond the Jewish teen education and engagement arena (and even beyond the Jewish education arena). In fact, funders in all philanthropic sectors are increasingly pooling or coordinating funding for greater impact, or to address particularly challenging social and environmental problems.
Updated: May. 07, 2015
At Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), we believe camp must also reflect the diversity of today’s Jewish community and be accessible for everyone. After our study conducted in 2012-13 found that children with disabilities are significantly underserved by Jewish camp, FJC issued a vision statement for a major disabilities initiative. The overarching goal is to ensure that campers with disabilities and their families experience camp as fully and completely as their typical peers. In 2014, we began securing funding to enhance services at nonprofit Jewish camps across North America for campers with disabilities. One of the major areas identified by the study was the need for trained inclusion specialists and for counselor training focused on serving children with a variety of needs.
Updated: Apr. 16, 2015
After meeting to discuss the need for a collective Jewish educational catalyst, the 28 federations that make up the National Federation/Agency Alliance recommended the formation of a new Jewish Education and Engagement Planning Unit within the Jewish Federations system. That unit was approved recently by JFNA’s Executive Committee. The unit will foster relationships and partnerships between federations, as well as with key outside organizations that are devoted to fostering Jewish education. Additionally, it will commission studies and convene experts to examine issues that are important and common to local federations, and it will inspire and mediate collective attention and action.
Updated: Feb. 25, 2015
In order to tackle questions about Jewish camping, The Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) and The Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE) partnered to bring together last month front-line practitioners, researchers and funders to gather for a day of conversation and consultation. Together the group asked: “What do we not yet understand about how summer camps exert their Jewish influence that, if we did, could lead to those camps becoming even more effective at promoting Jewish learning and living?” This week, February 17-20, 2015, we will be bringing together a smaller group of thought-leaders to reflect on these questions in an on-line blogcast: Jewish camps: How is the magic made?
Updated: Feb. 25, 2015
The Covenant Foundation announced $1.6 million in new grants today as part of its mission to support and advance excellence and impact in Jewish education. Across the spectrum of Jewish educational venues and approaches - from community centers and digital labs, to day schools and synagogues - this new round of grants underscores a commitment to innovative work that is redefining and strengthening the scope, reach and depth of Jewish education.
Updated: Feb. 05, 2015
Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit is leading the way to implement affordability models for Jewish day school education. In partnership with a major local foundation, the Hillel Tuition Grant program not only insures that tuition will never be higher than the first year a child enters Hillel, but will actually decrease in each subsequent year. This grant is directed to parents who pay full tuition because they are not eligible for tuition assistance. The grant program is for students in grades 1 – 8. Each year, through eighth grade, the value of the grant goes up by $1,000.
Updated: Feb. 04, 2015
The Need for Rest-and-Digest Philanthropy: Strengthen Jewish Education by Tending to Jewish Educators
Philanthropists committed to the vibrant future of the Jewish people have a responsibility to ensure that our education leadership can rest-and-digest in order to face the inevitably long stretches of fight-or-flight that accompany responsibility for the physical, spiritual, emotional, and social well being of their learners. Lay leaders encourage rest-and-digest when they ensure their professionals take personal time off to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Updated: Jan. 28, 2015
It’s a simple recipe: get together with friends on campus, bake and sell challah, and donate the proceeds to a meaningful cause. Through Challah for Hunger (CfH), thousands of student volunteers gather to continue the centuries-old tradition of baking challah and engaging in social justice work. Launched in 2004 as a small initiative on one college campus,today, leaders at CfH’s 68 university chapters worldwide provide fellow students with low-barrierto-entry service opportunities that deepen their connections with the Jewish community.
Updated: Jan. 07, 2015
Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) is proud to introduce BunkConnect, an affordability initiative built on the success of FJC’s One Happy Camper program. BunkConnect is a referral program that makes finding the perfect camp easy by offering special introductory rates at participating camps for eligible families at many of the best Jewish camps across the country. Through BunkConnect, first-time campers of all Jewish backgrounds (including Jewish day school students) can choose from a variety of high quality summer experiences. The program is specifically designed for families for whom Jewish camp might not be financially feasible - including families with moderate incomes.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2014
The Mayberg Family Foundation has announced the third year of the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge (JEIC), a grant initiative designed to stimulate and reward innovation in Jewish middle and high school education in North America. During the past two years JEIC has funded and researched four new models for Jewish education created by talented educators, enabling them to field test paradigm shifting programs in Jewish day schools. JEIC provides $50,000, along with research and consulting services to give grantees optimal chances for success and to glean lessons for other innovators to build upon.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2014