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Jewish Community & Israel


We envision a vibrant pluralistic Jewish community with diverse opportunities for individuals and families to deepen their Jewish identity and their sense of belonging to the community.

CFP’s Jewish Community grantmaking strategy focuses on the deeply enriching experiences and education continuum that are at the heart of Jewish life, as well as building capacity and supporting innovation to ensure a robust ecosystem.

Additional Commitments

Through the Jewish Community portfolio, we also remain committed to addressing antisemitism, hate, and security issues and supporting Jewish health and human services institutions in Chicago.

Focus Areas

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Supporting intentional, immersive and content-rich experiences that promote Jewish identity formation and meaningful relationships with Jewish peers.

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Ensuring a range of pluralistic educational pathways that provide meaningful and ongoing learning that integrates multiple dimensions of personal identity and enduring connection to community.

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Sector Building:

Investing in capacity building, professional development, philanthropy, and field-building to meet the evolving needs of the Jewish community.

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challah. Image courtesy of Honeymoon Israel.
Honeymoon Israel participants making challah. Image courtesy of Honeymoon Israel.
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Image courtesy of RootOne.


We envision a thriving Israel where underrepresented populations have equal access to the country’s high-tech sector and its promising career and economic opportunities.

CFP’s Israel grantmaking strategy is focused on diversifying Israel’s high growth, high-tech sector to promote equity and reduce fractures within Israel’s socially and economically divided society. This requires intentionally expanding entry point opportunities to the sector—particularly amongst the Arab, Druze, Bedouin, and Ethiopian Israeli populations.

Through the Israel portfolio, we also maintain commitments to supporting core civic and education institutions, as well as promoting a shared society.

Focus Areas

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Middle and High School Education:

Ensuring that students from underrepresented communities in grades 7-12 have the foundation and/or interest required for STEM high school tracks.

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Job Readiness:

Investing in training programs and formal education to develop the key skills required for high-tech jobs including coding boot camps and gap year programs.

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Job Placement:

Ensuring equitable placement in high-tech careers through recruitment, career coaching, HR hiring practices, and more.