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Jewish Community Foundation Of L.A. Awards $1.2 Million In Israel Grants

Marvin Schotland

Posted Friday, December 21, 2018 - 2:09 pm

By John L. Seitz

The Jewish Community Foundation of L.A. ( has awarded $1.2 million to six organizations through its annual Israel Grants program focused on strengthening the country’s Jewish identity and advancing economic development and self-sufficiency, including programs supporting at-risk youth.

Since 2010, the foundation has distributed grants in Israel totaling more than $10 million to 60-plus organizations that possess a strong track record of creating meaningful change, have achievable outcomes, affect a significant number of people or regions, and offer opportunities for partnerships with other funders.

Foundation President/CEO Marvin I. Schotland stated: “Supporting pluralistic Jewish identity and economic development in Israel is critically important. Our Israel Grants committee looks carefully at every applicant and selects the organizations that will hopefully have the biggest impact.”

The grant recipients include for Jewish identity:

• Ethiopian National Project––$200,000 for after-school programs for Ethiopian-Israeli students;

• Meitarim Network for Inclusive Jewish Education–$240,000 for student curricula in mixed religious and secular schools;

• Panim: the Israeli-Judaism Network for HaMovilim: Leadership Development Program–$190,000 to provide Beit Midrash (house of learning) facilitators with professional-development opportunities that focus on Jewish values. The grant recipients for economic development/self-sufficiency:

• Amutat Kaima for Employment as Education–$230,000 to provide hands-on agricultural and job training for hundreds of at-risk youth (ages 15 to 18);

• Crossroads for Create Your Future Employment Center–$140,000to provide at-risk first and second-generation immigrant teens and young adults (ages 15 to 22) from the U.S., Canada and Europe with job training and therapeutic services to help them prepare for the workforce.

• Achotenu (Our Sisters)–$200,000 to help train Ethiopian-Israeli men and women in an academic nursing program, empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and establish a stable financial future.

Established in 1954, the Jewish Community Foundation manages charitable assets of $1.25 billion entrusted to it by over 1,300 families and ranks among the 10 largest L.A. foundations. During the past quarter century, it has distributed more than $1 billion in grants to thousands of nonprofits across a diverse spectrum.

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