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THE JEWISH FOUNDATION FOR THE RIGHTEOUS INC

The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous provides financial support to aged and needy non-Jews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and preserves their legacy through a national education program.

aka JFR   |   West Orange, NJ   |  http://www.jfr.org

Mission

The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous provides financial support to aged and needy non-Jews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and preserves their legacy through a national education program.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Vice President

Ms. Stanlee Joyce Stahl

Main address

80 Main Street Suite 380

West Orange, NJ 07052 USA

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EIN

13-3807016

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Jewish (X30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

During the Holocaust there were non-Jews who refused to be passive in the face of the evil they witnessed, rescuing Jews at risk to their own lives. The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) fulfills the traditional Jewish commitment to hakarat hatov, the searching out and recognition of goodness. The JFR provides monthly financial support aged and needy Christian and Muslim rescuers in 12 countries offering a degree of dignity to their lives. Rescuers teach us that, even in the midst of the worst evil in recorded history, each human being had the capacity to act humanely. Without their example, we are left only with the lessons of atrocity, hatred, and indifference. The JFR has sent more than $42 million to rescuers. The JFR’s Holocaust teacher education program has become a standard for teaching the history of the Holocaust and educating teachers and students about the significance of the Righteous as moral and ethical exemplars.

Our programs

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General Program

The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) provides monthly financial assistance to aged and needy Righteous Gentiles in 12 countries. Funds are also provided to meet emergency needs of the rescuers -- food, medicines, heating fuel. The majority of the rescuers receiving financial support live in Eastern Europe. The Foundation seeks to fulfill the traditional Jewish commitment to "hakarat hatov," the searching out and recognition of goodness.

The JFR’s Holocaust teacher education program provides teacher training programs and seminars for middle and high school social studies and English teachers and Holocaust center staff in the history of the Holocaust, beginning with an overview of anti-Judaism and antisemitism. Since 2000, when the JFR teacher Holocaust education program was established, some 700 teachers, known as Alfred Lerner Fellows, have attended JFR teacher training programs. These teachers are now in a position to teach the next generation of students about the Holocaust

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) provides monthly financial assistance to aged and needy Righteous Gentiles living in 12 countries. The majority of the rescuers receiving financial support live in Eastern Europe, with Poland having the largest number of rescuers.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) is committed to teaching the history of the Holocaust and to preserving the legacy of Righteous Gentiles, non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. We do this through our Holocaust teacher education program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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In addition to providing needed financial assistance to rescuers each month, the Foundation preserves the memory and legacy of the rescuers through its national Holocaust education program. The goal of the program is to educate middle and high school teachers about the history of the Holocaust and to provide them with the resources to integrate this knowledge into their classrooms.

We send monthly financial support to Righteous Gentiles and we are committed to teaching the history of the Holocaust and to preserving the legacy of Righteous Gentiles, non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. We do this through our Holocaust teacher education program.

We have a reliable system for transferring money to rescuers and an established community of educators.

We have been funding rescuers for many years and continue to do so. Our education program is growing.

Financials

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THE JEWISH FOUNDATION FOR THE RIGHTEOUS INC

Board of directors
as of 12/12/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Harvey Schulweis

Hazel Shanken

Leonard Littman

Harvey Schulweis

Steven Field

Deborah Dwork

Iris Katz

Mark Goldsmith

Hannah Waldman

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/24/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.