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Jewish lives today are born of inspiration, not obligation. So how do we inspire? By empowering young Jews to engage in meaningful Jewish experiences, build inclusive Jewish communities, connect to the State of Israel and repair the world.

We are invested in ensuring a bright future for a diverse, dynamic, inclusive Jewish people deeply connected to Israel and committed to making the world a better place.

To us, “Jewish” is neither a static nor insular term. While a set of core values underpins Jewish traditions, the Jewish community is a rich and constantly expanding tapestry of experiences, identities and ideas.

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We see our work as part of a virtuous cycle of young Jewish engagement that fosters global connectedness, promotes a culture of service, connects young people with Israel and welcomes all who seek to lead actively Jewish lives. 
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We are proud to support a range of programs and organizations that share our commitment to strengthening the Jewish community and the State of Israel.

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Our Initiatives

We have developed a series of programs that invest in building the capacity of individuals who demonstrate significant leadership potential. We provide participants with a suite of opportunities for learning, skills-building, professional development and networking, with a particular focus on both entrepreneurs and those who are creating change from within organizations.

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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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