JNF Boruchin Center Announces Major New Grants & Partnerships to Impact Thousands Across North America
Adam H. Brill, Director of Communications
JEWISH NATIONAL FUND’S BORUCHIN ISRAEL EDUCATION & ADVOCACY CENTER
ANNOUNCES MAJOR NEW GRANTS AND PARTNERSHIPS
TO IMPACT THOUSANDS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA
New York, NY: September 14, 2016 – Jewish National Fund (JNF) and its renowned JNF Boruchin Israel Education and Advocacy Center (Boruchin Center) today announced new partnerships by awarding major grants to The David Project, Heroes to Heroes, Jerusalem U, and Alexander Muss High School in Israel’s Day School Scholarship program. They join previous grant awardees Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC), Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel, and Caravan for Democracy Student Leadership Mission, among others, in order to impact thousands of Jews and non-Jews across North America.
The Boruchin Center, created last year following a $250 million estate gift of the late John and Dora Boruchin of California of which JNF designated $100 million to establish (and administered within JNF), concentrates its resources on advocating for Israel and Israel education in the Diaspora, all with the goal of strengthening the connection of all Americans, now and in the future, to the land and people of Israel. The Boruchin Center distributes millions in annual grants to fund innovative projects in partnership with individuals, foundations, and other non-profit and non-governmental organizations based on their commitments to match funds on a multi-year basis.
In announcing the grant awardees, Michael Lederman, chairman of the Boruchin Committee remarked, “Our grant partners deliver exceptional programming and it is our goal to enhance and expand their reach so that more individuals can connect to Israel for positive life-changing and inspiring experiences. We are proud to promote Israel’s successes in education, science and innovation, and to provide access to Israel for those in search of their spirituality and heritage.”
The David Project increases pro‐Israel sentiment on campus by engaging non‐Jewish students as well as Jewish student leaders and their communities with Israel. The partnership with JNF will expand The David Project’s work to cover additional schools and campuses and focus on relational advocacy training, outreach and engagement programming so that Jews and non-Jews alike have a clearer understanding of Israel.
JNF’s partnership with Heroes to Heroes aims to connect American wounded combat veterans of all conflicts who suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), moral injury, and depression with the land and people of Israel, and develop a new stream of Positively Israel messaging with former service members as ambassadors. Heroes to Heroes is well regarded for providing spiritual healing and peer support programming, and the grant will allow Heroes to Heroes to offer additional wounded veterans the opportunity to travel to Israel for both spiritual and emotional experiences.
JNF’s grant to Jerusalem U will help create innovative Israel Education programming connecting Jewish audiences to Israel to strengthen Jewish pride and identity; empower Jewish students and communities to engage in Israel knowledge sharing to help change the tide for Israel on campus and beyond; to cultivate the next generation of committed leaders in the pro-Israel and Jewish community of North America; and to engage millennials in environmental issues through Israel’s enormous contribution to global sustainability.
Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI-JNF) capitalizes on the enormous educational benefits of engaging high school students in the study of the history and culture of Israel and is recognized throughout the U.S. and abroad for the ultimate in quality Israel educational programming. The Boruchin Center’s support will fund scholarships for those students attending Jewish Day Schools, and Muss “Impact Fellowships” for non-Jewish Day School students, with programs participating at AMHSI-JNF, who would otherwise not be able to attend, and enable as many children as possible to join their day school cohort in participation in their school program at AMHSI.
JNF’s partnership with Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) is waging a dynamic national campaign to strengthen support for Israel. The core of this campaign is to analyze trends, monitor Israel-related campus activity, and inform pro-Israel activists of emerging challenges and opportunities while providing them a wide range of resources to combat BDS. It responds to all significant anti-Israel activity on campuses and supports proactive initiatives to connect universities to the Jewish state. In addition, ICC fosters interagency collaboration through semiannual executive consultations, regular retreats, and an interactive online data-sharing platform.
The Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel offers a fully-paid intensive program in Israel for full-time academics at recognized universities/learning institutions. Professors collaborate with their colleagues in Israel and share research and teaching concepts with the objective of bringing these methods to their respective campuses at the close of the program.
The Caravan for Democracy Student Leadership Mission to Israel provides non-Jewish campus leaders, who have not been to Israel, the opportunity to experience the country and in turn challenge preconceived notions many may have about it. Graduates from the program who have gone on to work at the White House, Peace Corps, and other high level assignments, have credited their participation in the mission for their success today.
For more information on the Boruchin Center please contact Abigail Leviss, director of grants and foundations, at 212-879-9305 x951.
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