Jewish communities flourish when they evolve to meet the needs of each generation.
For more than 30 years, we have invested in the Jewish future by supporting joyful, inclusive Jewish communities able to meaningfully engage teens and young adults. Our vision centers on shaping Jewish experiences that are welcoming and accessible, building a connection with Israel, and promoting a culture of service rooted in the Jewish commitment to pursue justice (tzedek), repair the world (tikkun olam), and treat all people with dignity and respect (derekh eretz).
Through these experiences, we see young people discover meaning in Jewish connection and contribute to strengthening the Jewish people and Israel. We see them draw on Jewish values to better the world. We see them assume leadership roles, advancing Jewish communities equipped to engage future generations.
We believe that by meeting the unique needs of today’s generation of young Jews, Jewish communities and values will remain as relevant and impactful as they have for 4,000 years.
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Our Jewish communities have an imperative to show up boldly and live out our values alongside our neighbors.
Young Jews must be at the forefront of shaping 21st-century Jewish life.
This generation seeks experiences that reflect the true diversity of our Jewish communities. They seek opportunities to immerse in purposeful gathering and to connect their Jewish values to their commitment to working toward justice and equality. They seek spaces to learn about Israel’s extensive history, modern dynamism and complexities, and role as a spiritual touchstone and powerhouse for culture and innovation.
Together with our partners, we aim to provide a wide range of opportunities for young Jews to build enriching lives and tap into Jewish values as they find ways to serve their communities locally and globally. We also help people connect with Israel and Israelis through firsthand experience and learn about Israel in academic and informal settings.
We know these offerings only thrive so long as we have strong organizations and leaders equipped to make them happen. To maintain a vibrant and sustainable Jewish professional ecosystem, we support a growing pool of diverse talent, invest in capacity-building support and bolster collaborative efforts that strengthen the Jewish communal sector.
Of U.S. Jews participating in communal and civic life credit Jewish values as a motivator for their involvement. (Source)
Of U.S. Jews say caring about Israel is an important or essential part of what being Jewish means to them. (Source)
Our Focus Areas
Through three focus areas, we aim to help young Jews engage with Jewish values and experiences, support opportunities to connect with Israel, and shape a thriving sector of Jewish organizations and leaders.
Jewish Life and Values
Engaging young Jews through joyful, meaningful and inclusive Jewish experiences.
Israel Education and Engagement
Helping more people explore and connect to Israel and its complex history, diverse society and rich cultural landscape.
Investing in talented leaders who reflect the diversity of our Jewish communities and support our efforts to strengthen Jewish organizations and the broader Jewish sector.
We are proud to support a range of organizations and initiatives working to shape a modern Jewish experience that reflects the vibrancy and diversity of our people, fosters strong ties to Israel, and invests in young people as agents of positive change.View more grantees in our U.S. Jewish Grantmaking portfolio
Engaging Jewish Teens
BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement, providing leadership training, community service, Jewish education, connection to Israel and positive identity-building experiences.
Connecting Jewish Students
With branches at more than 550 colleges and universities, Hillel International helps students foster vibrant Jewish life on campus and host immersive experiences for young Jews around the world.
Inspiring Acts of Service and Learning
Repair the World mobilizes young Jewish adults and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, igniting a lifelong commitment to service.
Standing Up for Israel on College Campuses
Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) unites organizations that support Israel on campus by coordinating strategies, providing educational resources, sharing research and increasing collaboration.
Expanding Knowledge and Understanding of Israel
Israel Institute works to enhance knowledge about modern Israel by ensuring university students have access to an array of classes about Israel during their time on campus.
Advancing Gender Equity in Jewish Spaces
SRE Network empowers Jewish communities across North America to create and sustain safe, respectful and equitable workplaces and communal spaces.
A leadership development program for exceptional Jewish leaders committed to driving positive change in their organizations, the Jewish world, Israel and beyond.
A transformative journey through Israel for influential leaders who work at the forefront of societal innovation and share a commitment to leading positive change.
A global network that connects and mobilizes innovative Jewish and Israeli changemakers to address opportunities and challenges in Jewish communities, Israel and the world.
The professionals who make up our team come with a wide variety of skills and expertise, including extensive experience working within the Jewish and broader nonprofit sectors, leading Israel education initiatives, and supporting leaders both inside and outside of the Jewish world.Meet our full U.S. Jewish Grantmaking Team
Invest In Women: A 2023 Call To Action
Jewish funders have a key role to play in addressing the challenges women face right now. Yet, only 2% of philanthropic dollars support women and girls. In her latest op-ed for eJewish Philanthropy, our Co-President Lisa Eisen offers four ways more funders can embrace opportunities to ensure that women can fully contribute their talents and leadership to building a stronger Jewish community and society for us all.