New Initiatives


American Academy in Jerusalem Fellow Shelley Jordon sketch

With a focus on creative individuals, we are currently building upon our current portfolio of programs that fund documentary filmmakers, writers, choreographers, playwrights and scholars to include composers, choreographers, poets and visual artists. The size and number of grants is increasing, along with new professional development and networking opportunities for grantees. A national distribution network of communities and agencies is being organized to bring the works of artists and scholars to institutions around the United States.


Literary grantees Joanna Smith Rakoff (2010) and Sharon Pomerantz (2011) with the hosts

Literary grantees Joanna Smith Rakoff (2010) and Sharon Pomerantz (2011) with the hosts Judith Ginsberg and Paul LeClerc

Encounter Culture brings together artists and scholars with lovers of Jewish Culture in unique and intimate settings. Sponsors and their guests will enjoy partnering with grantees from a myriad of artistic and scholarly backgrounds to deepen connections, explore the creative process, and discuss what constitutes Jewish Culture today. Contact us for more information.

Check out pictures from our premiere Encounter Culture event, a literary salon at the home of board co-chair Judith Ginsberg and her husband Paul LeClerc.


Pilot fellows enjoy lunch at the house of entrepreneur Naim Awasat

The Foundation for Jewish Culture is creating an institute modeled after the successful American Academies in Rome and Berlin. Groups of distinguished artists and scholars, leading experts in their fields, will be in residence in Jerusalem for two ot three month periods. They will work on projects inspired by the city and connect with cultural and academic institutions, thereby enriching the city’s cultural discourse. We expect they will return home with new connections and share their appreciation of the rich diversity and potential of this extraordinary city.

For more information, see our new American Academy in Jerusalem page.


Over the last two years, the Foundation has brought together cultural presenters to develop a commissioning and touring initiative for new Jewish music. We are thrilled to announce what we hope will be the first of many exciting musical projects: Monajat (Fervent Prayer), a new commission and six-city American tour by Galeet Dardashti, former Doctoral Dissertation Fellow and Six Points Fellow, in September 2011.

For more information, see our new Music Touring Network page.

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