The Minneapolis Jewish Federation is a fundraising nonprofit organization focused on building a vibrant, inclusive and supportive Jewish community. The Federation works with people and partners everywhere to lead initiatives, raise funds and support essential community services. For more than 80 years, the Federation has served the community by nurturing Jewish life and learning, helping those in need and building connections with Israel and Jews around the world. Maintaining a relationship with the Federation goes back to Jay & Rose, who believed giving to the Federation was both a duty and an honor, born out of their extraordinary good fortune and strong ties to the Jewish community. Supported since the earliest days of the Foundation, current grants support the Federation’s Community Annual Campaign.
Originally established in 1969 at St. John’s University as The Jay Phillips Center for Jewish Christian Learning, The Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning was formed in 1996 from a merger of the Jay Phillips Chair in Jewish Studies at St. John’s University and the Center for Jewish-Christian Learning at the University of St. Thomas. Since 1996, the Center has expanded its focus beyond Jewish-Christian relations to include programs on many of the world’s major religions. The Center currently hosts and organizes a lively array of lectures, performances, conferences and other events on the campuses of both sponsoring institutions. Grant funds support these activities.
Access to Reproductive Health Services
Protecting access to personal reproductive health care services has been a long-standing interest of the Foundation going back to the early days of Jay and Rose. Over the last several years, the Foundation has supported a few local organizations engaged in grassroots organizing, education and reproductive justice. These currently include NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, Pro-Choice Resources, and Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota.