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A strong Jewish identity is an invitation to live a vibrant and meaningful life and a call to build a more equitable and just world.

From holidays to rituals, social gatherings to artistic expressions, Jewish life is an expanding tapestry of experiences and ideas that invite young Jews to engage in a rich tradition and deeply-rooted values that resonate today. These values include the pursuit of justice (tzedek), repairing the world (tikkun olam) and ensuring that all people are treated with dignity and respect (derekh eretz).

If young Jews are to discover fulfillment in living a Jewish life, we need to provide diverse experiences that meet young Jews where they are and speak directly to their needs and interests.

One way we see young Jews engaging with Jewish life is through service. They are a central part of a growing movement of young people seeking to make a positive impact on the world. We believe there is an opportunity to make service a defining element of Jewish life and to help young Jews center Jewish values as they work to shape more just and inclusive societies. The goal: a generation of Jews who are motivated to work in partnership to impact local communities, to advocate for equity and justice in the U.S. and to address pressing issues across the globe.

As we consider the full spectrum of 21st-century Jewish engagement, we also need to advance change within our Jewish communities to ensure they reflect our full diversity as a people. Today, an estimated 12-15% of American Jews identify as Jews of color. Yet, Jews of color often experience racism and exclusion in Jewish communities, from undergoing questioning on the authenticity of their Jewish identities to not seeing themselves reflected in communal leadership.

For nearly two decades, we have been investing in shaping Jewish spaces where Jews of all sexual orientations, gender identities, races and ethnicities experience a sense of belonging.  Despite the progress we have seen, there is much more work to be done to ensure that Jews who have been historically excluded, such as Jews of color, LGBTQ Jews and women, have seats at our communal table and opportunities for leadership.

Our diversity is our greatest strength. To achieve our greatest potential, Jewish communities must be places where all Jews belong.

We must ensure that every person who identifies as Jewish can bring their full self to Jewish spaces. From lifting up the voices of Jews of color, to providing opportunities for young LGBTQ Jews to create empowering and celebratory spaces, to hiring more women in leadership at Jewish organizations, we can build more vibrant, inclusive and equitable Jewish communities.

Our Approach

We invest in organizations that reach and engage hundreds of thousands of young Jews during their formative teen to young adult years.

We provide multi-year, general operating and capacity-building grants to national organizations that share our vision of vibrant and inclusive Jewish life.


We help support and scale initiatives that engage young Jews in service, volunteerism and social action.

We support our partners in piloting and scaling initiatives that offer young Jews the opportunity to get involved in service and social justice initiatives through the lens of Jewish learning and values.


We support sector-wide efforts to shape more inclusive Jewish communities.

We fund collaborative efforts that promote racial equity, gender equity, LGBTQ belonging, disability inclusion and anti-discrimination in Jewish workplaces, communal spaces and beyond.

Featured Grantees

BBYO

BBYO is a pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve teens in meaningful Jewish experiences through leadership training, community service opportunities, Jewish education, a connection to Israel and positive identity.

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Hillel International

As the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, Hillel connects with students at more than 550 colleges and universities through campus initiatives and immersive experiences.

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Moishe House

Moishe House provides Jewish community for young adults by supporting leaders in their 20s as they create meaningful home-based Jewish experiences for themselves and their peers.

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Repair the World

Repair the World mobilizes young Jewish adults and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, igniting a lifelong commitment to service and inspiring and catalyzing acts of service and learning.

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OLAM

OLAM is a network of 50+ Jewish and Israeli organizations working in the fields of global service that convenes and mobilizes leaders and organizations to take meaningful action in support of the world’s most vulnerable people.

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Keshet

Keshet works to ensure the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and their families in Jewish life by strengthening Jewish communities and equipping Jewish organizations with the skills and knowledge they need to make all LGBTQ Jews feel welcome. 

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