The NADAV Fund, in partnership with UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Agency for Israel, launched the Jewish Peoplehood Hub (JPH) at the 2009 General Assembly of UJC/Jewish Federations of North America on Tuesday.
This groundbreaking project aims to promote activities that strengthen collective Jewish identity and is being developed in a unique partnership between the world’s largest federation, a private foundation and a major Jewish NGO.
From left to right: Avraham Infeld (Nadav Fund), Irina Nevzlin Kogan (Nadav Fund), John S. Ruskay (UJA-Federation), Yonatan Ariel (JPH), Alisa Rubin Kurshan (UJA-Federation), Alan Hoffmann (JAFI) (Photo: Shahar Azran)
The Jewish Peoplehood Hub (JPH) will serve as a center for discourse, knowledge dissemination and program development on the subject of Jewish Peoplehood. It will operate as a global think tank and project lab for enhancing commitment to this issue among world Jewry. The JPH will focus on influencers – educators, younger lay and professional leaders and academics – in order to magnify its impact.
The JPH will operate out of the Jewish Agency’s educational campus in Kiryat Moriah, Jerusalem. It will be headed by Yonatan Ariel and Dr. Shlomo Ravid and have an initial annual budget of $600,000.
Irina Nevzlin Kogan, President of the NADAV Fund, said: “We believe that strengthening Jewish Peoplehood – cultivating in people a sense of “Klal Yisrael” and an understanding of its moral significance – is vital to guaranteeing the Jewish People thrive. The JPH will work to deepen understanding and connection among the Jewish People worldwide, while also giving expression to our many differences and great diversity.”
The NADAV Fund, founded in 2003 by Leonid Nevzlin and his partners, works to support initiatives that strengthen Jewish Peoplehood, build substantive and pluralistic Jewish identity, and create lasting connections among Jews the world over.