East Bay foundation grants $11 million

The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay awarded just over $11 million to 568 organizations in 2015, the Oakland-based organization has announced.

The grants include $5.2 million to Bay Area Jewish organizations, $3.4 million to national and international Jewish groups and $2.4 million to secular organizations.

Jewish organizations awarded grants include Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay, Berkeley Hillel, Lehrhaus Judaica, BBYO, the Anti-Defamation League, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Birthright Israel, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, American Friends of Tel Aviv University, and the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute.

Longtime foundation funders Susan and Moses Libitzky of Piedmont make it possible, through their support, for PJ Library to send free Jewish books to 2,700 East Bay families every month

“We both love being Jewish and want to make sure Jewish values are perpetuated,” said Moses Libitzky. “We give through foundation because it shares those values, and those goals, with us.”

Among local secular organizations receiving support are the Alameda County Community Food Bank, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.