Youth Development

JOIN Israel

Joining Together to Rescue Israelis in Crisis

aka JOI - Jewish Opportunties Institute

New York, NY


JOIN Israel resolves unaddressed problems affecting thousands in Israel through a unique model of collaboration. JOIN Israel creates social service and educational solutions for children at-risk, youth at-risk, families at-risk, and elderly in crisis by tapping unused resources and enlisting strategic partners.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Do you feel frustrated - so many people suffering, never-ending problems, so many organizations? Do you wonder how much your donation can really do, anyway?

We at JOIN Israel also feel frustrated by the never-ending deluge of problems and suffering. We are also concerned about how much we can possibly solve.

So for more than 20 years, we have been developing and perfecting strategies to hyper-stretch our resources and create the biggest possible impacts. JOIN Israel uses what is already available – programs, facilities, manpower, organizations, community and client participation – to avoid duplication and waste, and be able to solve many more problems.

JOIN Israel catalyzes strategic partnerships to remove obstacles and restore self-sufficiency and success.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Mr. Stephen Bisk

Main Address

232 Madison Avenue Suite 608

New York, NY 10016 USA


At-risk, Youth, education, computer, science, library, camp, welfare, nonprofit, charity, Israel, Jewish, Soviet, Russian, immigrant, counseling, crisis intervention, parenting, marriage, relationship, self-development, career training, hot lunch, seniors, elderly, effective, efficient, efficiency





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

We target acute, unaddressed educational, family and welfare needs in Israel that have a effective and cost-efficient solution and where we can access external resources and synergistic partnerships.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Bolster Education

Israel Literacy Initiative

JOIN Day Camps


Our Own Way

Solutions Advocacy

Family Services for Russian Immigrants

Middle-School to University

Emergency Assistance

Big Brother Mentoring and Academic Support

Where we work

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We aim to close holes in the safety net in Israel and rescue people who are stuck in intolerable situations or are denied a robust education, who have nowhere else to turn. We aim to accomplish this efficiently through collaboration, resource renewal, and by employing leveraging models that maximize the impact of our finite resources.

JOIN Israel accomplishes its goals through strategic partnerships that match strengths and resources, and avoid duplication and waste. We resolve educational gaps through partnerships with schools and universities, and welfare gaps through partnerships with government agencies and relevant charities. We create new solutions by "JOINing" other non-profits and organizations, the larger community, and the clients themselves in new, synergistic ways. JOIN Israel believes in simple, self-evident and proven programs - simple "dunks" and "layups." We innovate by reducing delivery expenses to an absolute minimum. We focus our resources on the tried-and-true generic "active ingredient" and access external resources and infrastructures for the rest.

JOIN Israel is uniquely built for collaboration. Flexible and non-territorial, we focus on results rather than recognition. We excel in enlisting optimal partners, and assume whatever role the partnership requires of us. We are entrepreneurial and yet cautiously grounded.

Educationally, JOIN Israel monitors the academic accomplishments and motivational levels of students in the two dozen educational institutions that we work with. Educational consultants work within the schools to gauge the impacts. Assistance to most-needy elderly works on the prioritization of municipal social workers, who have full access to client profiles and a citywide view of resources and needs. We rehabilitate families from financial and legal quagmires, stabilize youth-at-risk and families in strife and bring dysfunctional families back to functioning. Each project is accessed annually to determine if it solving the right problem, if it executing efficiently and effectively, and if there is an option to access other means to alleviate the problem without us. JOIN Israel is not defined by, or married to, any project. Each project must justify its continued existence in direct competition to our other active and prospective projects. Overall, JOIN Israel looks to formulate new partnerships that effectively resolve additional strangleholds and restore self-sufficiency.

JOIN Israel has created and maintains 100 partnerships to address the 9 project areas we tackle. We are proud of greatly outsized impacts – much deeper and broader than a moderately sized organization should hope to accomplish. We are proud that we resolve issues that would not have been addressed otherwise and tap resources that would have lain fallow in pursuit of our mission. We have become an inspiring model of progressive collaboration for other organizations that we work with. We have a new Young Leadership Board running quarterly events and an opportunity to make significant social impact from their hyper-busy career-building lives. JOIN Israel's Solutions Advocacy project has become a highly successful and respected social enterprise that extricates families from deep and complex financial and legal quagmires. This past year it has grown from 4 employees to 12 and is poised to continue its growth in 2020 to 18 - 20 employees. We have a long list of present projects that demand growth and replication, and terrific projects that await funding to be launched. We aim to share our unique model with other organizations and philanthropists.

External Reviews


ICA "Best In America" Seal of Approval 2014

Independent Charities of America (ICA, LICA)


JOIN Israel

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Board Leadership Practices

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?