Established in 1997, Tzohar aims to bridge the gap between religious and secular Jews in Israel. It is dedicated to ensuring the Jewish future of Israel and to enriching Israeli culture by providing Jewish content in a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. Tzohar focuses its work in three areas: 1) Training moderate Zionist rabbinic leadership to reach out to secular Jews and create inclusive, pluralistic Jewish rituals and programming; 2) Facilitating meaningful Jewish ritual experiences in the areas of marriage, holidays, and prayer; and 3) Initiating public policy efforts that inform the media and public leaders about Jewish pluralism. Tzohar’s initiatives bring Jews of different backgrounds and observation levels together and make Judaism accessible for all.
The Professional Development for Community Rabbis program provides professional development for Orthodox rabbis in diverse geographic regions in Israel, utilizing online and in-person courses, conferences, and trainings to bridge the secular-religious divide.
Founded in 1873, the Union for Reform Judaism is the membership umbrella for Reform congregations with vision, leadership, and programmatic resources designed to strengthen and expand Reform congregational life.
6 Points Sports Academy, California is the first Jewish overnight sports camp in Southern California that integrates high-caliber sports programming with a transformative Reform Jewish camping experience for youth ages nine to sixteen.
Founded in 1979, United Friends of the Children (UFC) empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with a community of people who care. UFC’s work is based on basic principles of developing trusting relationships with youth, high expectations for youth achievement, removing barriers to progress, and consistent long-term commitment and support. UFC offers housing and education programs serving more than 1,400 current and former L.A. County foster youth annually.
The College Readiness Program and College Sponsorship Program provides foster youth with the long-term, one-on-one support needed from middle school through college to prepare them to graduate high school and succeed in college.
Founded in 1992, U.S. VETS facilitates the successful transition of military veterans and their families through the provision of housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support. The organization provides comprehensive services to war veterans, including case management, employment assistance, job placement, and counseling. At its facilities, veterans progress through a continuum of services designed to help them increase their level of responsibility and prepare them to live independently in the community.
Outside the Wire provides veterans at community colleges and service members at the Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) who suffer from mental health related issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression with direct counseling and support.
Founded in 2006, headquartered in San Francisco with a hub in Chicago, UpStart's mission is to inspire and advance innovative ideas that contribute to the continued growth and vitality of Jewish life.
Upstart LA will bring a tested model to Los Angeles that helps Jewish organizations and leaders succeed in creating innovative, sustainable, and impactful organizations that serve the needs of the Jewish community.
Founded in 1975, the USC Davis School of Gerontology comprises the first school and research institution devoted entirely to aging. The school's mission is to increase the quality of life for older adults through research, service, and education.
Dor Vodor: Sharing the Wisdom of Elders celebrates the life stories of Jewish elders and provides a vehicle for elders to share their wisdom with young adults and teens, transforming everyone in the process.
Founded in 1970, Venice Family Clinic (VFC) was founded provides free, quality health care to people in need and has grown into the largest free clinic in the nation. It provides comprehensive primary health care, dental care, mental health services, health education and child development services, as well as public insurance enrollment. It provides 100,000 visits for more than 23,000 patients, including 5,800 children, annually.
The Mental Health Services and Early Head Start programs provide uninsured, low-income and homeless families with rental assistance, car repair assistance, transportation vouchers and clothing vouchers.
Founded in 1908, Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services serves the changing needs of all children and families in the community by offering high-quality treatment programs for children with significant emotional, social, learning, and developmental disabilities.
Nes Gadol prepares children with special needs for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah by offering expressive art therapy-based classes, working with rabbis, pairing children with special needs with mentors, and arranging the ceremonies.
Founded in 1908 as The Jewish Orphan's Home of Southern California, Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services provides comprehensive, family-centered social, educational and behavioral health services that encourage children, adolescents and their families to lead self-reliant, stable and productive lives. Over the years, Vista Del Mar has diversified its programming into areas of foster care, adoption and the treatment of children with mental health problems, emotional problems, behavior problems, social problems, or developmental difficulties.
The Vista Inspire Community Inclusion Program is an inclusionary model consisting of bar/bat mitzvah learning, educator training and religious school integration. The program equips 5 Los Angeles area synagogues with the tools to include youth with special needs and their families in their communities. It replicates The Vista Inspire Program, currently running at Vista Del Mar, designed to foster growth and development in the areas of socialization, spirituality and creativity for youth with special needs and their families.
To equip 5 Los Angeles-based synagogues with the tools to include youth with special needs and their families in their communities through bar/bat mitzvah learning, educator training and religious school integration. The program will serve hundreds of youth with special needs, teachers and clergy and thousands of synagogue congregants and families.
Founded in 2006, the Westside Infant-Family Network assists families with young children facing mental health issues exacerbated by poverty, homelessness, recent immigration, violence, and/or substance abuse. Its shared purpose is to ensure that infants to three-year-olds receive culturally sensitive emotional and developmental care and services to become securely attached, resilient, and productive adults. Partner agencies include Westside Children's Center, St. Joseph Center, Venice Family Clinic, Westside Family Health Center, Infant & Family Support Program, and Mar Vista Family Center. Three tiers of service are offered at no cost: (1) Case managers identify and refer families to basic services such as childcare or housing; (2) Bilingual, bicultural therapists provide in-home dyadic therapy; and (3) Families access psychiatric services and medication if needed. A study by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation identified WIN as one of eight exemplary place-based programs in the nation serving young children.
The Case Management program provides professionalized services in infant mental health and assists families facing mental health issues exacerbated by poverty, homelessness, recent immigration, violence, and/or substance abuse.
Founded in 2013 with the support of Stephen Wise Temple in Los Angeles, Wise Readers to Leaders works to provide a powerful program for Jewish teens that engages them in closing the achievement gap for the underserved LA youth through a free, rigorous summer literacy and enrichment program.
The Tikkun Olam Corps Program engages Jewish teens in year-round meaningful service learning opportunities with thousands of underprivileged youth.
Founded by the Religious Kibbutz Movement in 1988, the Yaacov Herzog Center is an educational center that focuses on bringing different sectors of people in Israel together with the goal of fostering a deeper understanding among secular and religious citizens and a more respectful society. Its programs offer a moderate religious Zionist approach that values humanism, mutual respect and pluralism. The organization’s programs include educational offerings for the general public at its campus in Southern Israel; Batei Midrash (Jewish study groups) for university students, women and emerging leaders; seminars for high school students on Jewish identity, leadership and religious/secular dialogue; and a one-year pre-army preparatory academy for religious women. Through its programs, YHC convenes 5,000 people annually.
The Teens Talk Jewish Identity: Culture, Conflict, and Co-Existence in Israeli Society program strengthens Jewish identity, pluralistic perspective, and community involvement of secular and religious students at high schools and youth villages throughout Israel.
Founded in 1999, Yachdav Association of Be’er Sheva operates a wide range of programs and services including employment frameworks, training apartments for people with disabilities, an Early Childhood Center, The Anchors Youth Village for youth at risk or neglected, men’s and women’s domestic violence shelters, and a therapeutic rehabilitation village.
The Respites and Shelter Needs program provides educational workshops, minor repairs and cleaning for shelters, activity kits for children and youth, shelter entertainment equipment, and emergency equipment for shelters and safe rooms.
Founded in 1997, YEDID’s mission is to eradicate poverty in Israel by empowering Israelis to become self-sufficient and civically engaged members of society. To achieve this, YEDID runs a national network of 16 Citizen Rights Centers in underserved communities throughout Israel. Each month, thousands of low-income residents of Israel’s central and peripheral cities, towns, and villages turn to YEDID’s centers when they are struggling with issues such as obtaining affordable housing, securing public benefits, managing debt or legal issues, and finding employment. YEDID’s culturally sensitive services offer clients new opportunities to overcome poverty through workshops, trainings, and case management on an individual and family level.
Financial Inclusion 2020 provides free, comprehensive financial literacy and employment services through workshops, trainings, and one-on-one support to underserved Israelis throughout the country.
Founded in 1953, Yemin Orde works to help youth refocus their energies from daily struggle and survival to achieving success now and in the future. It envisions program graduates as self-reliant, socially responsible adults and educated participants in the workforce. Yemin Orde is home to 440 children ages 13-19 who are primarily immigrants from Ethiopia, the former Soviet Union, France and Brazil. It offers a wide array of programs including therapeutic, formal learning, Jewish learning, extracurricular activities and programs for graduates. In 2006, it launched the Village Way Educational Initiatives, a successful educational methodology that is now being used by 26 other educational communities working with thousands of at-risk youth nationwide.
The Therapeutic Treatment Center at Yemin Orde Youth Village program provides therapeutic care to at-risk teens who reside at Yemin Orde.
Founded in 2006 by Kenesset member and former Mayor, Amram Mitzna, The Yeruham Foundation’s major mission is to strengthen the people of Yeruham with an emphasis on its welfare population of 1,000 families (3,000 individuals) and to strengthen its education and school system.
The Portable Cement Shelters program will construct 40 portable cement shelters in the weakest neighborhoods of the Yeruham-Dimona area, and improve access to shelters for the elderly and people with special needs.
TzoharProfessional Development for Community Rabbis
Union for Reform Judaism6 Points Sports Academy CaliforniaYouth
United Friends of the ChildrenCollege Readiness Program and College Sponsorship ProgramFoster Youth: College Access & Career Readiness
United States Veterans Initiative (U.S. VETS)Outside the WireFinancial Literacy and Veterans
USC Davis School of GerontologyDor Vodor: Sharing the Wisdom of EldersSeniors
Venice Family ClinicMental Health Services & Early Head StartEmergency Assistance for Basic Needs
Vista Del Mar Child & Family ServicesNes GadolSpecial Needs
Vista Del Mar Child and Family ServicesVista Inspire Community Inclusion ProgramSpecial Needs
Westside Infant-Family NetworkCase ManagementCollaborative Grants
Wise Readers to LeadersTikkun Olam Corps ProgramYouth
Yaacov HerzogTeens Talk Jewish Identity: Culture, Conflict and Co-Existence in Israeli SocietyJewish Identity
Yachdav Association of Be'er ShevaRespites and Shelter NeedsEmergency Assistance
YEDIDFinancial Inclusion 2020Economic Development
Yemin OrdeTherapeutic Treatment Center at Yemin Orde Youth VillageAt-Risk Youth
Yeruham FoundationPortable Cement SheltersEmergency Assistance