S.F.-based agency gives $1 million for Sandy relief

The UJA-Federation of New York has been awarded a $1 million grant from the San Francisco–based Jim Joseph Foundation to assist Jewish families affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The grant will help by providing educational assistance such as tuition and enrollment subsidies for Jewish day schools and Jewish summer camps.

“Long after news coverage dissipates and much of the philanthropic funding ceases, families need assistance to return to a sense of normalcy,” said Al Levitt, president of the Jim Joseph Foundation.

“For Jewish families, this often means financial assistance to afford tuition to Jewish day schools and Jewish camp enrollment.”

Research has shown that Jewish education through day schools and summer camps helps people build long-term connections to the larger Jewish community.

The Jim Joseph Foundation, founded in 2006, has distributed more than $270 million to Jewish learning endeavors. — jns.org