Emphasizing their Jewish identity in Public, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan have now donated $1.3 million to 11 Jewish groups.
As reported by eJewish Philanthropy, the couple has also been meeting with rabbis and scholars to discuss Judaism and the Jewish community in recent years. “Mark and Priscilla have made some personal commitments in the past, but these new grants reinforce their interest in learning and deepening their connections with the community,” a spokesperson was quoted as saying.
The groups that have received these funds from the power couple include national and local level organizations including OneTable, which supports Shabbat dinners hosted by young Jews, and PJ Library, which distributes Jewish children’s books and music for free.
Other beneficiaries of the said funds are San Francisco Bay area institutes including Contra Costa Jewish Day School in Lafayette, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto, and the Jewish Community High School of the Bay. Three summer camps in California, URJ Camp Newman, Camp Ramah in Northern California, and Camp Tawonga, have also been included. The Oshman Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto and the local Jewish Family and Children’s Services are also receiving funding to boost their local offerings. Meanwhile, a grant to the Jewish Community Relations Council will pay for a new social media campaign to educate the public on antisemitism.