Jerusalem U announces major new partnership with Jewish National Fund’s Boruchin Israel Education & Advocacy Center

December, 2016: Jerusalem:  In September this year, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and its renowned JNF Boruchin Israel Education and Advocacy Center (Boruchin Center), announced new partnerships by awarding grants to Jerusalem U and other awardees. They join previous grant awardees to impact thousands of Jews and non-Jews across North America. 

The Boruchin Center was created last year, following a $250 million estate gift of the late John and Dora Boruchin of California. JNF designated $100 million to concentrate its resources on advocating for Israel and Israel education in the Diaspora, all with the goal of strengthening the connection of all Americans, now and in the future, to the land and people of Israel. The Boruchin Center distributes millions in annual grants to fund innovative projects in partnership with individuals, foundations, and other non-profit and non-governmental organizations based on their commitments to match funds on a multi-year basis. 

In announcing the grant awardees, Michael Lederman, chairman of the Boruchin Committee, remarked, “Our grant partners deliver exceptional programming and it is our goal to enhance and expand their reach so that more individuals can connect to Israel for positive life-changing and inspiring experiences. We are proud to promote Israel’s successes in education, science and innovation, and to provide access to Israel for those in search of their spirituality and heritage.”    

JNF’s grant to Jerusalem U will help create innovative Israel education programming connecting Jewish audiences to Israel. It will strengthen Jewish pride and identity, empower Jewish students and communities to engage in Israel knowledge-sharing to help change the tide for Israel on campus and beyond, cultivate the next generation of committed leaders in the pro-Israel and Jewish community and engage millennials in environmental issues through Israel’s enormous contribution to global sustainability.

Says Chloé Valdary, Jerusalem U Spokesperson, “This is an amazing gift! And great recognition of the work we’re doing here at Jerusalem U. We’re telling the Israel story, the Jewish story, in a way that resonates with millennials, and they feel so much more connected. Thank you JNF!”  

For more information on Jerusalem U, visit or contact Tova Dworkin, Partnerships Associate, at

For more information on the Boruchin Center, contact Abigail Leviss, Director of Grants and Foundations, at 212-879-9305 x951. 

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