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JHF Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary and Announces a New Round of Funding

August 25, 2011

PITTSBURGHAUGUST 25, 2011—The Jewish Healthcare Foundation's board meeting on August 22nd marked that organization's twentieth anniversary of grantmaking. Over its first two decades, the Foundation, which was created out of the proceeds of the sale of the former Montefiore Hospital, has approved more than $100 million in grants, including over $70 million in grants to the Jewish community. Its most recent annual report entitled, "Reflecting on Our 20-year Journey" is now available at www.jhf.org.

At its recent meeting, the Board approved grants totaling more than $650,000 to the Jewish and general communities, including:

  • $50,000 a year for three years towards funding leadership development programs at the Johnson Institute at the Graduate School of International and Public Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh. An additional $47,000 a year will be used for a pilot project replicating the model for graduate students through J'Burgh and the Hillel Jewish University Center. "We are excited about embarking on this unique partnership with GSPIA which has the potential of becoming a national pilot for post-graduate Jewish communal leadership development," said David Katz, director of J'Burgh. "Through the creation of The Jewish Healthcare Foundation Certificate in Jewish Communal Leadership, a select group of our graduate students will have the opportunity to develop and hone the skills required to be exemplary Jewish communal lay leaders," said Aaron Weil, executive director and CEO of the Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh.
  • $50,000 of funding was also granted to support each of two memorials being constructed in Pittsburgh this fall -- the World War II Veterans of Southwestern PA Memorial and the Holocaust Keeping Tabs Memorial on the site of Community Day School (CDS) in Squirrel Hill. "Each of these memorials will serve as long-overdue tributes to the men and women who served and who perished," stated Karen Wolk Feinstein, president of JHF. "They both balance a physical memorial with important educational curricula and opportunities to transmit lessons to current and future generations of the horrors of war with the values of heroism and tolerance. In both cases, there is a sense of urgency to complete these projects while first-hand witnesses and survivors can be engaged in the education components and so that they can be honored in their lifetime for their acts."

JHF Board Chair Pat Siger added, "Our Board strongly supported the participation in the greater community project for the WWII Memorial alongside other donors. We feel that, given our unique relationship to the Jewish community, it was appropriate for JHF to serve as a lead gift for the Holocaust project. We extend a challenge to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and its Foundation, and other donors in our community to add their support to assure that this project moves forward in a timely manner." With this lead gift, Community Day School has surpassed the fundraising threshold set by its Board, and groundbreaking for this project will begin this fall. Avi Baran Munro, head of school added, "With this leadership gift from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, CDS will now be able to move forward and bring the Keeping Tabs project to fruition. This project spans nearly one and a half decades and generations of CDS staff members, families, and friends, eagerly await its completion. We are gratified and thrilled to break ground this year with this important educational project and artistic installation that will bring fresh eyes and new interest to the enduring lessons of the Holocaust."

  • $45,000 annually for three years to renew grant support to the Heller School at Brandeis University to advance health policy research and convening efforts.
  • $140,000 over two years to the Magee-Women's Research Institute funds a local study on the impact of pregnancy and delivery on pelvic organ support. The study is a first step to designing improved education and decision-making for patients and providers. This grant builds on the Foundation's twenty-year commitment to women's health and its past leadership and support in such areas as breast cancer (the Breast Test and Race for the Cure) and women's heart health (Working Hearts).

About The Jewish Healthcare Foundation

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) is a public charity that offers a unique blend of research, education, grantmaking and program management to advance the quality of clinical care and health of populations, with a focus on improving the quality, efficiency, and safety of health care. JHF and its three operating arms—the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), Health Careers Futures (HCF), and the Women's Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal)— are located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and serve a national and global audience. JHF is also a founding member of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI). For more information, visit www.jhf.org.

David Golebiewski
Jewish Healthcare Foundation
412-594-2553 or 412-216-6305 (mobile)

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