Jim Joseph grant focuses on outdoors

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The S.F.-based Jim Joseph Foundation has announced $24 million in new grants nationwide for Jewish education programs. Among the grantees are two Bay Area–based Jewish nonprofits.

A four-year grant of up to $7.5 million is earmarked for the development of a Jewish Outdoor, Food and Environmental Education fellowship through Hazon. Urban Adamah and Wilderness Torah, both based in Berkeley, are among the organizations tasked with developing the JOFEE program. The grant also will provide funds for Urban Adamah and Wilderness Torah programs.

The grants are intended to “deepen and create more dynamic Jewish learning experiences,” particularly for youth and young adults, according to the Jim Joseph Foundation.

The $7.5 million was the foundation’s largest grant this time around. The second largest was up to $4.2 million for a community-based Jewish teen education initiative in Los Angeles. ­­