Last week, each of the three universities associated with the major American Jewish denominations received an $11 million grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, a San Francisco-based Jewish philanthropy. The grants to the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College, the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Modern Orthodox movement’s Yeshiva University are earmarked for their respective Masters programs in Jewish education—a priority at all three institutions thanks to the current emphasis on youth outreach across much of the organized Jewish world.
There’s only one catch: Each institution must use $1 million of its grant money on joint teacher-training endeavors with the other two schools. (click here to read the full article)
A panel discussion entitled “Three Movements One Future: Challenges Facing American Jews” with (left to right) Richard Joel, president of Yeshiva University, Dr. David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and Dr. Arnold Eisen, chancellor of Jewish Theological Seminary, moderated by Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, on November 6, 2008. CREDIT: Courtesy Temple Beth El, Stamford, CT