Our Jewish philanthropy seeks to ensure the following:
Dedication to Israel
To protect and respond to the compelling needs of the Jewish State of Israel by funding programs that: (i) support Israel, either directly or indirectly through grantees who run programs in Israel, (ii) inspire efforts that strengthen the unity and mission of Israel, (iii) actively educate people about Israel’s rich history and promote the overwhelming contribution that Israel has made, and continues to make, to the global population, (iv) vigorously advocate for Israel’s rights as a nation, and (v) support the fight against the BDS movement in the United States.
At least 35% of the Foundation’s Jewish Charitable Giving Budget will be allocated to Dedication to Israel.
Perpetuation of the Jewish “Peoplehood”
To help protect and strengthen Jewish identity by supporting efforts that: (i) teach Jews in America to “stand strong” against any who would attack or disparage them and not be weak in speaking out or otherwise defending the Jewish people or Israel through funding organizations that combat Anti-Semitism, (ii) promote the continuity and growth of the Jewish people, (iii) fortify the sense of “Jewish peoplehood,” with an emphasis on fostering Jewish identity formation among teens and young adults, (iv) preserve and encourage the celebration of Jewish traditions and faith, and (v) ensure the overall survival and growth of Jewish life and culture in the modern world.
To support Jews domestically and internationally who are in need of help, with an emphasis, where possible, on helping Jews become more self-sufficient.
A small pool of funds is available to support efforts in the Jewish community that do not fall into the above listed categories, including, but not limited to, support of a family member’s synagogue, etc.
Support will be to organizations in the Chicago metropolitan area and Palm Beach County, Florida. Support may also be given to organizations in other geographic regions, however, so long as those organizations have national impact. National impact is defined as organizations that either do not serve specific geographic communities or that serve more than one such community.