ISRAEL | Building knowledge and strengthening the social fabric of Israel

We are building deeper knowledge, appreciation of and connection to Israel and strengthening the social fabric of this incredibly diverse and entrepreneurial nation.

Israel plays an important role in the lives of the Jewish people, as an ally of the United States and on the world stage. It is a source of inspiration for all who know its history and appreciate the principles that guide it: democracy, freedom of expression and progress through innovation.

A Giving Journey

Our love for Israel has figured strongly in our philanthropy since the earliest days of our foundation. From our first major grant to the Israel Arts and Sciences Academy to our recent launch of the non-partisan Israel Institute to advance the study of modern Israel, we have devoted substantial resources to strengthening Israel both at home and abroad.

Together with our partners, we are developing a multi-faceted field of Israel studies and supporting projects that open gateways for greater connection with Israel through first-hand experience, academia, arts and culture, and business and entrepreneurship.

We would like to prepare the next generation to continue to pursue Israel’s normalization and growth across academia. -Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich, President, Israel Institute

We also help Israel meet the demands of its growing and increasingly diverse society. Our efforts focus on transforming the treatment and prevention of child abuse and working toward the renewal of Jerusalem as a modern, open capital through its vibrant cultural landscape. Read more about our work in Child Welfare and Arts and Culture.

Jerusalem is increasingly being seen as a center of art, culture and creativity, rather than just a place of conflict. -Naomi Bloch Fortis, Executive Director, Jerusalem Season of Culture

Over the years, our support has evolved from responding to crises to strategic interventions aimed at strengthening Israel. We are proud to help our partners play an active role in shaping its future.

Explore Israel on our timeline.