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Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan grant $1.3m to 11 Jewish causes...DETAILS

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife

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EJewish Philanthropy reported that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are donating $1.3 million to 11 Jewish organizations, citing a spokesman for the couple.


The news of Zuckerberg and Chan's donations comes as the couple has increasingly increased their public emphasis on their Jewish background in recent years. According to eJewish Philanthropy, Zuckerberg and Chan have met privately with rabbis and intellectuals to discuss Judaism and the Jewish community.


According to a spokesman, “Mark and Priscilla have made some personal commitments in the past, but these new funds underline their interest in learning and extending their links with the community.”

OneTable, which supports Shabbat dinners hosted by young Jews, and PJ Library, which distributes Jewish children's books and music for free, are two of the grantees.


The others, on the other hand, cater to local demands in the San Francisco Bay Area. Contra Costa Jewish Day School in Lafayette, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto, and the Jewish Community High School of the Bay all received assistance. Three California summer camps, URJ Camp Newman, Camp Ramah in Northern California, and Camp Tawonga, were also recipients.


The Oshman Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, as well as local Jewish Family and Children's Services, will benefit from the money. Meanwhile, a grant to the Jewish Community Relations Council will help fund a new anti-antisemitism social media campaign.


The spokesman told eJewish Philanthropy, "Mark and Priscilla are happy to support the critical work each of these groups undertakes in creating communities, educating, celebrating traditions and beliefs, and giving people a voice – notably in battling antisemitism."


When the couple who owns a large portion of Facebook created the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative in 2015, they pledged to contribute 99 percent of their Facebook riches to charity. According to eJewish Philanthropy, the couple's family office made the recent wave of Jewish donations independently of the effort.