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International Grants

Moishe House

Moishe House

Moishe House is a project that strives to provide meaningful Jewish experiences for young adults around the world by supporting leaders in their 20's as they create vibrant home-based Jewish communities.

Starting in 2009, with help from Genesis Philanthropy Group, Moishe House has provided financial support for groups of Russian-speaking young adults who live together and organize educational programs focusing on Jewish traditions, history, and culture. Such events are of varying scale and focus on various topics, from Shabbat dinners to Israeli film screenings to Purim celebrations. Although these programs are designed primarily for Russian-speaking Jewish young adults, they are also attended by Jews of different backgrounds.

As of 2015, there are three Russian-speaking Moishe Houses in North America - Chicago, San Francisco and New York, as well as ten in the Former Soviet Union – Chisinau (Moldova), Riga (Latvia), Kiev, Odessa, and Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine), Moscow, St. Petersburg, Perm, and Khabarovsk (Russia), Almaty ( Kazakhstan) with more potential openings in the works around the world.

Financial support for Moishe House is provided by Genesis Philanthropy Group along with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Jim Joseph Foundation, Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation, Westbury Group, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, UJA Federation of New York, Leichtag Family Foundation, and other generous donors.

Goals and Objectives

  • Support the growth of Jewish identity and sense of community among young Russian-speaking Jewish adults.
  • Encourage Russian-speaking Jewish young adults to be active in their communities.
  • Increase the knowledge of Jewish culture, history, values and traditions among young adults from Russian-speaking Jewish families in North America and the Former Soviet Union.