Mapping Jewish Education: The National Picture

By Leonard Saxe, Amy L. Sales, Joe Reimer, Annette Koren, Nicole Samuel, Marion Gribetz, Jackie Terry

Fisher-Bernstein Institute for Jewish Philanthropy and Leadership, December 2006

In Spring 2006, the Fisher-Bernstein Institute for Jewish Philanthropy and Leadership began mapping the field of Jewish education for the Jim Joseph Foundation. Our focus was preschool through college and included both direct service and capacity-building programs. We started by looking at Jewish education in select communities and by building a database of Jewish educational organizations, foundations, and programs. In order to develop a broad overview of the field--its accomplishments, challenges, interconnections (or lack thereof), and its future direction—we then interviewed executives in 16 national organizations concerned with Jewish youth education. Although not the sum total of the field, these organizations represent most of its major components (philanthropists, federations, the movements, central agencies, youth groups, camps, day schools, and Hillel). Informants were asked four basic questions:
• What are your top accomplishments?
• What challenges are you currently facing?
• Where is your work heading in the next three to five years?
• How does your organization fit (or not) with the rest of the Jewish educational

This report is based mainly on these interviews, but also draws selectively from the database and community studies for purposes of illustration. Analyses explaining the forces that created and maintain current conditions in the field come from the interview data. Although the Research Team would like to take credit for them, our role has mainly been to elicit these analyses from interviewees and to organize them for this report.

Topic: Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Foundations, Informal Education, Education, Technology, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Leadership, Jewish Organizations, Research

Funder: Jim Joseph Foundation

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Saxe, Leonard. Sales, Amy L. Reimer, Joe. Koren, Annette. Samuel, Nicole. Gribetz, Marion. Terry, Jackie. Mapping Jewish Education: The National Picture. Fisher-Bernstein Institute for Jewish Philanthropy and Leadership. December 2006:


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