Birthright Israel lands $10 million gift from S.F. foundation

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The Jim Joseph Foundation announced it is giving $10 million to Birthright Israel to subsidize trips to the Jewish state for young adults from North America.

The gift, to be paid out over three years, is the largest of the 11 major grants the S.F.-based foundation has given to Birthright Israel for trip support, stretching back to the foundation’s founding in 2006.

According to a release, more than 45,000 people are expected to participate in Birthright Israel next year, bringing the total number of participants to more than 500,000 since 2000.

“Birthright Israel is without a doubt one of the greatest innovations to come out of the Jewish philanthropic community,” said Al Levitt, president and chairman of the Jim Joseph Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting Jewish education and continuity. “The 10-day experience can influence a lifetime — igniting deep connections among young adults between each other, Israel and the Jewish people.”