Russ cared deeply about a secure, thriving and pluralistic state of Israel. Our foundation invests in leaders and institutions that are developing Israel’s northern region, contributing to a vibrant Jerusalem and, through a longstanding partnership with the Shalom Hartman Institute, transforming how the next generation of Israelis think about culture, heritage and Jewish identity. Other areas of focus include expanding career-track and education opportunities in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) and Arab sectors. One of our most longstanding investments, the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, has boosted Israel’s status as a world leader in nanotechnology research, in which scientists work with objects measuring less than 1/100,000 the width of a human hair.
Selected Recent Grants
“Excellenteam” Boot Camp To solve two of Israel’s most pressing problems (socioeconomic stratification and a shortage of skilled tech workers) with a brand new approach for bringing high-potential Haredi women and Arabs into Israel’s tech economy.
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design To revitalize the culture and economy of Jerusalem’s city center by contributing to Bezalel’s new state-of-the-art campus in the central Russian Compound.
Avratech To combat poverty within Israel’s ultra-Orthodox population through an innovative job training and placement program that enables Haredi men to work in technology-related fields while also maintaining their commitment to Torah study.
KamaTech To facilitate the successful integration of ultra-Orthodox Jews into the Israeli high-tech workforce and support Haredi entrepreneurs.
Shalom Hartman Institute Be’eri Program To transform the way Israeli students, teachers and community leaders lay claim to their Jewish heritage and culture, by engaging them in a curriculum that explores Jewish history, text and tradition through a pluralistic, democratic lens.
Migal Applied Research To fuel entrepreneurship in Israel’s economically underdeveloped North by providing funding to top emerging researchers pursuing ideas with exciting commercial potential.
Hadassah Academic College To provide culturally specific counseling and academic support to Haredi and Arab students, many from challenging socioeconomic backgrounds, ensuring that they graduate, find jobs in their fields of study and are successfully integrated into the workforce.
Jerusalem Season of Culture To build community among musicians and audiences through Abraham’s Tent, a component of the annual Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival that enables international performers from different religions and cultures to collaborate with one another and connect with their audiences.