Jim Joseph surpasses $300 million in giving

The S.F.-based Jim Joseph Foundation announced this week that it has handed out $7.8 million in its latest round of grants, pushing its total investment in Jewish education since 2006 past the $300 million mark.

The largest grant this time, up to $3 million over three years, went to Repair the World for a fellowship program and efforts to expand Jewish service-learning opportunities.

Locally, a pilot program designed to maximize the Birthright Israel experience through pre- and post-trip community engagement was granted $168,000. The program is a joint effort of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation and Birthright Next.

The total amount granted by the fund since it became incorporated is just under $304 million. The foundation focuses on creating effective and compelling Jewish learning experiences for youth and young adults in the United States. — jta & j. staff