What We Do

Education

Investing in reform efforts across the United States that improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all students.

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Jewish Community and Israel

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Jewish Community and Israel

Helping to build inclusive Jewish communities, strengthen the State of Israel and repair the world.

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Local Initiatives

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Local Initiatives

Enhancing the quality of life in our hometowns of Tulsa, OK, and Jerusalem, Israel.

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Recent News and Updates

A Little More Human

I can already hear people saying, "But you're their teacher. They need to respect you." Yes, I agree. But it is in my experience that respect cannot be present when you are unable to love another person for who they truly are.  The moment you are able to remember that we are all human, respect and love can flow freely, surpassing fear. 

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5 Questions with Mitchell Caminer!

As the new Communications Fellow, I’m really excited to start contributing to the Foundation’s digital presence. Social media and the broader web represent incredible opportunities to enhance Schusterman initiatives and communities through timely and compelling content. I want to better understand how the Foundation's communications can not only complement ongoing philanthropy, but can help achieve Schusterman’s mission.

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Shabbat in the “Homicide Capital of the World”

El Salvador, where I work, is desperately in need of these kinds of conversations. This year, it became “the homicide capital of the world”. This tiny country of just six-million has 20-30 murders per day as a result of rampant gang-violence that targets young people. In ConTextos, we work in public schools, juvenile detention and prisons, providing literacy programming to some of the world’s most vulnerable young people. As a result, I’ve seen how powerful conversations can promote tolerance and reflection.

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Writing Our Own Torah: Talking Spirituality and Transgender Inclusion with Rabbi Becky Silverstein

For many people, the onset of summer camp season is a reminder to arm your kids with bug spray, get that Sharpie out to write their names on the insides of their collars and acquire cherished care package fixings. For Rabbi Becky Silverstein, the Education Director at Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center and the first transgender rabbi hired by a Conservative congregation, the season means something a little different: it’s represents an opportunity to keep chipping away at alienating binary gender distinctions in the Jewish community and beyond. 

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