The Genesis Philanthropy Group will donate $7 million to leading Jewish organizations.
GPG, which aims to reinforce Jewish identity among Russian Jewry, will donate the money to the following organizations: Taglit-Birthright Israel, Brown University, Hillel International and Friends of the IDF, it said on Thursday.
GPG hopes these funds will give Russian-speaking Jews the opportunity to delve deeper into their Jewish heritage and deepen a connection to Israel.
“We are thrilled to support Genesis Philanthropy Group as it spearheads the growth of programs enriching Jewish identity and connection around the world,” said Mikhail Fridman, an international businessman, investor and philanthropist, and a co-founder of Genesis Philanthropy Group. “We have no doubt that our partnerships with top global Jewish organizations will lead a growing number of young Jews to reconnect to world Jewry and contribute to the advancement of Jewish communities and Jewish culture.”
GPG’s donations will be felt around the world, with an initiative being funded for leadership programs in Los Angeles and Chicago, and a partnership with the Jewish Agency to support community-building projects for young adults in Germany, to name just a few.
“Following several years of systematic investment, we are expanding our work to strengthen Jewish identity among Russian-speaking Jews worldwide,” said Ilia Salita, president and CEO of the Genesis Philanthropy Group. “We look forward to seeing the growth of these programs, which challenge and inspire Russian-speaking Jews, each in their own way, to engage in communal life and explore their heritage.”
This latest announcement follows another recent GPG grant in the UK where the organization partnered with Moishe House and PJ Library to help students and their families in London tap into their Jewish heritage.