The Moriah Fund

The Moriah Fund is a private foundation that was established in 1985 to perpetuate the lifelong philanthropic commitment of its founders, Robert and Clarence Efroymson. Their philosophy of giving was rooted in fundamental Jewish values: a concern for the disadvantaged and an emphasis on self-help; a commitment to equity and justice; and a desire to improve the quality of life for Jews and non-Jews alike.

Moriah seeks to promote human rights and social justice, help disadvantaged people gain self-sufficiency and control over their lives, foster sustainable development, and promote women’s rights and reproductive health.

Moriah allocates the largest share of its funding to Israel, placing an emphasis on the development of Israeli organizations that strengthen Israel’s civil society, promote civil rights, social & economic justice and democracy, and improves economic opportunities for the disadvantaged.

Moriah currently is placing special emphasis on programs that build organizational and leadership capacity and advocate for equitable treatment of the Ethiopian immigrant community and of Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Moriah is a core funder and partner of the Israel Center for Educational Innovation (ICEI). ICEI operates an intervention program to raise literacy achievement levels, improve school management and increase participation by parents in elementary schools with high concentrations of pupils from the Ethiopian immigrant community in 17 schools in six cities in Israel.

Don Futterman

Don Futterman has been the program director, Israel for the Moriah Fund for the past seven years, and is a founding board member and acting director of the Israel Center for Educational Innovation (ICEI).

Don is a frequent contributor to Haaretz. His writing has also appeared in the +972-Independent Reporting from Israel and the Palestinian Territories, the San Francisco Chronicle, Maariv, the Jerusalem Post, Tikkun, Moment and Haoketz.

Don was a commentator for public radio in San Francisco and Seattle before making aliya. He is a graduate of Brown University, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University, Rhode Island College, and the Trinity Repertory Theater Center for Advanced Theater Studies. Don lives in Kfar Saba, Israel, with his amazing wife and three wonderful children.

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