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Jim Joseph gives $1.5 million to local Jewish education

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The S.F.-based Jim Joseph Foundation this week announced $4.5 million in new education grants, including up to $1.5 million over six years for the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education at Stanford University.

Entering its second phase, CASJE is a project that connects researchers, practitioners and philanthropists in the field of Jewish education. Its aim is to nurture research and to equip educators with effective teaching practices.

The Nov. 12 announcement of grants also included Brandeis University, the nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, NYU’s Berman Jewish Policy Archive and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School.

CASJE received the largest grant, although YCT Rabbinical School got $1.2 million over a shorter time span, 18 months.

Facing History and Ourselves, an international organization with a Bay Area office in Hayward, aims to combat racism, anti-Semitism and prejudice through education. The grant will support expansion to 21 more Jewish day schools.

“We continue to be inspired by the determined, innovative work of these and other grantees,” said Al Levitt, president of the Jim Joseph Foundation, established in 2006. “Working collaboratively, we strive to create ever-increasing opportunities for Jewish youth and young adults to engage in vibrant Jewish living and learning.”


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