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Crown Family Philanthropies Awards $680,000 Grant to JCC Association of North America’s Sheva Center for Innovation in Early Childhood Jewish Education and Engagement

New grant marks more than $1.3 million in Crown Family funding during the past five years, and will support a range of early childhood programming across the JCC Movement

NEW YORK — JCC Association of North America is proud to announce that Crown Family Philanthropies has awarded the Sheva Center a grant of $680,000. The funds will be administered over the next two years to support a number of programs in the 125 early childhood centers in JCCs across the continent that serve 30,000 children.

The grant will include $150,000 for the Sheva Center’s general operations; $125,000 for a new, full-time director of inclusive programming on the Sheva Center staff; and $65,000 for new family engagement initiatives in JCCs in the U.S. and Canada.

Doron Krakow, president and CEO of JCC Association, expressed gratitude for the new grant, sharing: “We are honored that Crown Family Philanthropies has chosen to make a deeply meaningful investment in the Sheva Center for Innovation in Early Childhood Jewish Education and Engagement. We are especially proud the Foundation recognized that, as the largest platform of Jewish early childhood education in North America, JCC early childhood programs not only touch thousands of children and families annually; they also have a dramatic, positive effect on entire communities across the United States and Canada. This generous grant allows JCC Association to bring critical new resources to the field, which, in turn, will help JCCs innovate and thrive.”

This is the third grant that Crown Family Philanthropies has invested in the Sheva Center since 2015, totaling $1.3 million.

The Crown Family Philanthropies-funded programs are one piece of a larger JCC Association campaign to strengthen the capacity of local JCCs to better meet the developmental, emotional, and physical needs of every family that passes through their doors. Last month, the agency launched a new partnership with Beit Issie Shapiro (BIS), Israel’s leading developer and provider of innovative therapies for children and adults across the entire range of disabilities. Together, through the Sheva Center, the organizations will expand disability inclusion programming across the JCC Movement, with a focus on strengthening early intervention for children and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays.

Learn more about the Sheva Center.


About JCC Association of North America
JCC Association of North America strengthens and leads JCCs, YM-YWHAs, and camps throughout North America. As the convening organization, JCC Association partners with JCCs to bring together the collective power and knowledge of the JCC Movement. JCC Association offers services and resources to increase the effectiveness of JCCs as they provide community engagement and educational, cultural, social, recreational and Jewish identity-building programs to enhance Jewish life throughout North America. By supporting the 25,000 Jewish communal professionals who connect with two million JCC participants each year—JCC Association encourages engaged lives of purpose and meaning.

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