Two local JCCs receive grants

Two Bay Area Jewish Community Centers have received considerable grants to expand their scope and programming.

The Peninsula JCC in Foster City announced it received $500,000 from the Koret Foundation and Taube Philanthropies to fund the Koret-Taube Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. This four-year grant will fund the PJCC’s expressions of Jewish culture, history and peoplehood, as well as build bridges with Israel.

In partnering with the Koret Foundation and Taube Philanthropies, the JCC will explore an even broader array of Jewish cultural and educational opportunities, according to PJCC Executive Director Deborah Pinsky. The initiative is built on the expectation that the PJCC will collaborate with other organizations to deliver new and innovative expressions of Jewish culture.

Meanwhile, the JCC of the East Bay received multiple grants. The Haas Sr. Fund and the Goldman Fund awarded the JCC $130,000 in operating/institutional capacity-building funds, while $25,000 came in from an anonymous foundation to provide innovative holiday programs. In addition, the U.C. Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund granted the JCC $15,000 to assess the needs of the physical plant and to prioritize upgrades.