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The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation promotes social justice and human rights through its five program areas: Jewish life, strengthening Israeli democracy, health and mental health, educational opportunity, and human rights. Support is provided to organizations in the United States and abroad. Please refer to each program area for specific geographic focus.

The Foundation supports organizations that promote systemic change, involve constituents in planning and decision-making, encourage volunteer and professional development and engage in ongoing program evaluation.


Jewish Life 
The goal of this program is to keep Judaism meaningful, compelling and responsive to contemporary concerns.  Funding is provided primarily in North America to programs that are national in scope.

The Foundation seeks to:

  • engage the Jewish community in social justice efforts
  • further progressive and inclusive approaches to Judaism
  • promote positive relations between Jews and members of other ethnic groups

The Foundation supports policy research, education, community organizing, innovative service provision, leadership development, and dialogue.

Recent grantees include:

Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps offers full time placements at social change organizations to young adult volunteers in New York, New Orleans, Chicago and Washington DC. Living in shared housing, the fellows integrate their day to day activism with Jewish learning and community building.

Hazon works to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community through food programs that explore the link between kashrut, social justice, and healthy eating, and bike rides that raise funds for environmental programs in Israel and the United States.

The American Jewish Committee, with offices across the globe, works to combat anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred through advocacy, education, dialogue, and publications.

 
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Strengthening Israeli Democracy 
The goal of this program is to strengthen Israel as a democratic, equitable, and pluralistic society. There is a geographic focus on the Negev, a historically disadvantaged area of the country.

The Foundation seeks to:

  • address fundamental social, economic, and ethnic inequalities
  • empower Israel’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged populations
  • promote liberal and pluralistic approaches to Judaism

The Foundation supports policy research, advocacy, education, community organizing, innovative service provision, and leadership development.

Recent grantees include:

Adam Teva V’Din (Israel Union for Environmental Defense) works to ensure the fundamental right of all Israelis to a safe, clean and livable environment, through litigation, policy advocacy, and public education.

Yedid: The Association for Community Empowerment operates storefront community centers throughout Israel that assist low-income individuals to secure housing, health care, educational services, and social security benefits.

The Israel Religious Action Center of the Reform Movement engages in research, litigation, and education to promote religious freedom and equitable resource allocation for non-Orthodox Jews in Israel.

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Health and Mental Health  
The goal of this program is to promote quality health and mental health care for underserved individuals.  There is a geographic focus on Baltimore.

The Foundation seeks to:

  • address the health and mental health needs of low-income children and seniors through sustainable programs designed to meet service gaps
  • support local and national advocacy and public policy initiatives to ensure access to quality care for low-income families
  • address environmental health issues

The Foundation supports innovative service provision in community-based settings, programs using evidence-based practices, and professional development.

Recent grantees include:

Drawing upon a proven model that improves school climate and student achievement, the Expanded School Mental Health Program provides students access to prevention and early intervention services as well as more intensive treatment services through licensed clinical social workers based in several Baltimore City schools.

Through its Health and Public Benefits Project, the Public Justice Center serves as a knowledgeable, high intensity “watchdog” for the Medicaid program in Maryland, ensuring that low-income people receive the health care benefits entitled to them.

The Maryland Environmental Health Network, a newly formed coalition, brings together advocates from the environment and health sectors to educate the public about environmental threats to health and formulate solutions to those problems.

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Educational Opportunity  
The goal of this program is to ensure that low-income children and families have access to quality education and cultural opportunities. There is a geographic focus on Baltimore.

The Foundation seeks to:

  • strengthen public education, with an emphasis on improving instruction
  • support local advocacy and policy initiatives that advance quality education for all
  • nurture high-quality community arts programs that engage diverse audiences

The Foundation generally does not provide support for individual public, parochial or independent schools.

Recent grantees include:

The Baltimore Urban Debate League provides training to Baltimore City Public School teachers through the “It’s Debatable” program designed to equip students to demonstrate higher order thinking skills and deep content understanding, and to articulate in writing and aloud a well-reasoned argument based on text and evidence rather than feelings or opinions.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland monitors implementation of an agreement between the Baltimore City Public School System and the State of Maryland that promises Baltimore children access to an adequate and equitable education.

Young Audiences of Maryland provides opportunities for Baltimore City children to participate in the creation and appreciation of art as a means of engaging them in school and promoting academic achievement.

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Human Rights 
The goal of this program is to advance fundamental human rights.

The Foundation seeks to:

  • advance women’s rights
  • protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers
  • support leadership development, capacity building and training across a range of issue areas

With the exception of its program in Israel, the Foundation generally makes grants to organizations based in the United States whose work addresses the rights of people in the Global South. It is rare for the Foundation to make a grant for a specific project or organization outside of the United States.

Recent grantees include:

The Center for Reproductive Rights uses the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are obligated to protect, respect and fulfill.

The Tahirih Justice Center, located in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD and Houston, TX, provides legal advocacy to immigrant and refugee women and girls fleeing gender based violence.

The Fund for Global Human Rights provides financial support to local and regional human rights organizations in countries around the world.  The Fund works to identify and fill the gaps in human rights funding, and to develop strategic ways of helping human rights defenders expand the scope and impact of their work.

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Contact Us 
Michael J. Hirschhorn: President
Betsy F. Ringel: Executive Director
Lara A. Hall: Senior Program Officer; Educational Opportunity, Health and Mental Health
Brenda Bodenheimer Zlatin: Senior Program Officer; Jewish Life, Israel, Human Rights

Email: info@blaufund.org
 
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