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Moishe House gains up to $6 million to expand

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August 14, 2012 | 12:29 pm

Moishe House, the international group focused on building communities for Jews in their 20s, will gain up to $6 million to expand its programming.

The funding, part of a strategic growth plan, was offered by the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Leichtag Foundation, the Genesis Philanthropy Group and the Maimonides Fund. The Jim Joseph Foundation alone has offered a dollar-to-dollar match of up to $3 million for funds raised by Jewish federations and individuals for Moishe House in the next 4 1/2 years.

There are 46 Moishe Houses in 14 countries engaging more than 50,000 young adults each year, according to the organization. 

The grants will help Moishe House establish new locations, offer Jewish educational training for residents and their peers, and invest in Moishe House’s organizational infrastructure and fundraising.

“Moishe House already reaches tens of thousands of young Jewish adults each year, providing them opportunities to live vibrant Jewish lives,” Chip Edelsberg, executive director of the Jim Joseph Foundation, said in a statement. “With this Strategic Growth Plan, and the support of numerous organizations and individuals, Moishe House is positioned to cultivate even more young Jewish adults engaged in personally relevant Jewish learning and creating home-based communities for their peers.”

David Cygielman, the Moishe House CEO, said the Strategic Growth Plan “charts a course that is both innovative and comprehensive in its approach, allowing the organization to implement pilot projects and expand our reach to new regions.”

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