The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture
initiated the Jewish Heritage Online Magazine (JHOM) as part of its on-going
efforts to deepen and enrich Jewish culture around the world. Our support
of the JHOM is aimed at bringing the wisdom and values of the Jewish heritage
to a large and broad audience globally.
The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the only international body
dedicated solely to advancing Jewish cultural activities, was established
by Dr. Nahum Goldmann in 1965 with reparation funds from the Government
of West Germany.
The Foundation acts as a "cultural parliament" for the Jewish people. Its
trustees include representatives of all segments of the community
Orthodox, Conservative and Reform, Ashkenazi and Sephardi, fraternal and
Zionist, communal and service, religious and secular.
Since its formation, the Foundation has allocated more than $64 million
in grants to support the creation, intensification and dissemination of
Jewish culture. The Foundation awards scholarships and fellowships to scholars,
academicians, writers, artists, rabbis, educators and communal workers to
replace the cultural elite annihilated in Europe. Funds are provided to
institutions, such as universities and academic bodies, for research and
publication. The Foundation gives support to European Jewish communities
to help them reconstruct the cultural life destroyed during the Holocaust;
special attention is paid to the Jewish communities in the former Soviet
Union where Jewish life had been suppressed for seven decades under Communist
In addition to its support of communities and institutions, the Foundation
has developed innovative programs to address needs not adequately met by
the Jewish community globally. These include leadership training, reaching
the Jewish unaffiliated, Jewish family education, and utilization of new
technologies for Jewish culture and education.
Today, the Foundation's programs extend to Jewish communities on six continents,
reaching both individuals and institutions at the core of the Jewish community,
as well as Jews affiliated only marginally with Jewish life.
The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture is committed to the renewal and
enhancement of Jewish culture worldwide, and to the development of creative
programs to meet the emerging needs of the Jewish communities as they enter
the 21st century. Our initiation and support of JHOM is a good example of
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