What is Yesod’s purpose?
Yesod is dedicated to strengthening the future of Jewish Europe by investing in key individual Jewish community professionals, educators and activists. Through our founding partners’ collective experience and conversations in the field, Yesod has identified two important areas of focus to support individuals in creating sustainable and meaningful European Jewish community life:
- A need to increase the scope of opportunities for professional development and Jewish learning for Jewish community professionals and educators across Europe
- A need for young Jewish adults in Europe to meet at the pan-European level, learn from each other and create Jewish spaces which are meaningful and relevant to them
How is Yesod addressing these needs?
Through two distinct programmes:
- Yesod Centre for Jewish Community Professional Development (Yesod Centre)
The Yesod Centre supports Jewish community professionals and educators in Europe to develop their professional skills and Jewish fluency (Jewish knowledge, understanding and how to apply it in your work).
To learn more about the Yesod Centre’s seminars, funds and fellowships, go to the Yesod Centre page of this website.Jewish content resources combined with practical tools are posted monthly on our Resource of the Month page; and external resources, learning and training opportunities, grants and jobs are posted on an ongoing basis. For more information, go to our Resources page.
- Junction Framework for Young Jewish Adults in Europe (Junction)
Junction seeks to empower young Jewish adult community activists to engage with the pan-European Jewish community by providing innovative international opportunities that connect them to each other and to meaningful, relevant, and forward-looking Jewish spaces.
To learn more about how Junction introduces participants to diverse, modern and positive ways to experience being Jewish through gatherings, micro grants and wider connection opportunities, go to the Junction page of the Yesod website.
Who are we?
Yesod was created by three organisations – the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe (RFHE) and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (CLSFF) – committed to supporting and strengthening European Jewish communities. Together we share the vision of a vibrant, meaningful, Jewish life comprised of strong communities driven by inspired and engaged individuals. For more information, go to the Yesod Partners page.