The following Jewish Community Endowment Fund initiatives support thoughtful solutions to communal problems, in Israel and around the world.
Initiated in 1988, the Academic Consortium brings faculty and graduate students in the field of Jewish Studies together with their peers at other Bay Area institutions, providing intellectual exchange and a sense of community beyond what is available on any individual campus.
Community-Wide Preschool Scholarship Fund
A new $250,000 challenge grant has been launched to provide need-based scholarships for working and single parent families to send their children to Jewish preschool programs at accredited Jewish preschools within the Federation service area. In recent years, the high cost of living in the Bay Area has made Jewish preschool inaccessible to many families, and particularly single-parent families, that struggle to make ends meet. preschool scholarship funds are needed to ensure that cost
is not a barrier to active participation in Jewish life for young families. Jewish preschools serve as an important bridge to Jewish family life for many young families, including those who are unaffiliated and/or interfaith.
Diller Teen Fellows National Initiative
The Diller Teen Fellows National Initiative is an innovative program for 11th graders designed to inspire leadership among Jewish youth in our community. Focusing on social action, community involvement, Israel and Jewish learning, this 12-month program includes a three-week summer seminar in Israel, eight Sunday workshops, three full weekend retreats, a 10-day peer-to-peer exchange with Israeli teens, and multiple service learning opportunities. The Initiative is generously funded by the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. Please email email@example.com for more information.
The San Francisco Diller Teen Fellows
The San Francisco Diller Teen Fellows is
also generously funded by the Helen Diller Family Foundation and is administered
by the Bureau of Jewish Education.
For more information, please contact Erica Hymen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Early Childhood Education Initiative
The Jewish Community Federation, in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation is spearheading a new initiative to engage Jewish families with young children in meaningful Jewish life and community. The Early Childhood Education Initiative is informed by national and local studies and initiatives, including Brandeis University and JECEI, and is a part of the response to the 2006 JESNA study which addresses the needs of Jewish early childhood programs within the Federation service area for the San Francisco community.
The Council is a forum to enhance Jewish philanthropy, and acts as a clearinghouse for information on Jewish communal needs. Past surveys of the Council have revealed interest in policy discussions of issues germane to the Jewish community, and strategies for addressing them; expert or shared information in the areas of grantmaking, evaluation, and family succession; and information on emerging needs within the local and world Jewish community.
The 2004 Community Study confirmed that 56% of the Jewish families in this Federation Service Area have one non-Jewish partner. In Marin and Sonoma counties, 75% of Jews are intermarried. The Interfaith Outreach Fund will support community-wide outreach to interfaith families and to those considering intermarriage.
For more information about direct programs and services in this area, please visit the Interfaith Connection, a program of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco that provides support and community building opportunities for interfaith/intercultural couples and families in which one of the partners is Jewish. For a listing of programs and services for interfaith couples,
please visit the PlanitJewish calendar.
Young Funders' Forum
The Young Funders’ Forum was launched by the Jewish Community Endowment Fund in 2006 in response to a request by a group of young Jewish philanthropists in the Bay Area. This invitation-only program brings together philanthropic Jews and their families to develop philanthropic skills, learn about effective giving, leverage their giving power and strengthen their connection to the organized Jewish community. The program serves people in their twenties through forties who are now or will be engaged in significant philanthropic endeavors through family or individual means. There is no charge to participate in YFF, there is no solicitation of funds and a high degree of confidentiality is expected. Six to eight programs are held each year in Palo Alto and San Francisco. If you are interested in participating or have someone to recommend for participation, please contact Amy Rabbino at email@example.com or 415.512.6212.