Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan contribute $ 1.3 million to 11 Jewish groups. Jewish philanthropy mentioned to a spokesperson for the couple.
News of Zuckerberg and Chan’s donation It comes as the couple gradually affirm their Jewish identity in public. In recent years. On a private level, Zuckerberg and Chan also met with rabbis and scholars to discuss Judaism and the Jewish community, according to eJewish Philanthropy.
“Mark and Priscilla have made some personal commitments in the past, but these new scholarships reinforce their interest in learning and deepen their relationships with the community,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.
Two beneficiaries from national organizations: a table, which supports Shabbat dinners organized by Jewish youth, and PJ Library, which distributes children’s books and Jewish music for free.
But the rest primarily serve local needs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Three educational institutions received funding: Contra Costa Jewish Daily School in Lafayette, Gideon Housener Jewish School in Palo Alto, and Jewish Community High School in the Gulf. He also benefited from three summer camps in California, URJ Newman Camp, Camp Rama in Northern California, and Camp Taunga.
The Ochman Center for the Palo Alto Jewish Community and local Jewish Children and Family Services also receive funding to promote their local offerings. Meanwhile, a grant to the Council on Jewish Community Relations will pay for a new social media campaign to educate the public about anti-Semitism.
“Mark and Priscilla are proud to support the important work that each of these organizations do in community building, education, celebrating tradition and faith, and giving people a voice, especially in the fight against anti-Semitism. ”Said an eJewish Philanthropy spokesperson.
The couple who control much of Facebook became a major charitable force in 2015 when they launched the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, pledging to donate 99% of their Facebook fortune to charities. And according to eJewish Philanthropy, the recent string of Jewish donations was brought in from the couple’s family office, separate from the initiative.