We hope you and your loved ones, colleagues and the people served by our community’s human service and health organizations are safe and healthy during this most challenging time. In order to best respond to the evolving and increasingly urgent needs developing throughout our community as a result of COVID-19, The Jewish Fund will focus new grantmaking on these critical needs through the summer. Accordingly, we will be reaching out to community organizations directly rather than holding our normal open application submission.
Please check back at the end of the summer for an update on our future grantmaking plans and any decisions regarding a return to open application submissions.
For current grant partners, please be assured all active grants are continuing to be funded as scheduled.
Welcome to The Jewish Fund
The Jewish Fund was established in 1997 from the sale proceeds of Sinai Hospital to the Detroit Medical Center. Sinai Hospital was a Jewish community funded facility that grew into one of metropolitan Detroit’s top health care institutions. As a legacy of Sinai Hospital, The Jewish Fund continues the tradition of assuring excellent and compassionate care for those in need in Metropolitan Detroit by awarding grants to help vulnerable individuals improve their health and human condition.
Our Legacy and Mission
Sinai Hospital’s opening in 1953 was the realization of a dream for Detroit’s Jewish community. Its sale in 1997 was not the end of that dream but rather its transformation into another institution of excellence—The Jewish Fund—an institution uniquely designed to perpetuate and proliferate the Sinai dream through stewardship and innovation.
In the late 1990s, Jewish (and other) hospitals across the country were being sold as health care reform transformed the industry. To assure that the sale proceeds would be used to benefit the community, the Sinai board partnered with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit to establish The Jewish Fund. While the sale of most Jewish hospitals resulted in “stand alone” foundations that were not affiliated with the organized Jewish community, the Detroit Jewish community had the vision and wisdom to create a lasting asset that would serve our community in perpetuity.
In recognition of Sinai’s location in Detroit and its diverse patient base and staff, The Jewish Fund was created as a resource for the entire community, devoted to not only supporting vulnerable Jews, but also to supporting the health needs of the broader community and enhancing the historic bond between the Jewish community and Detroit.