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Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan donating $1.3 million to Jewish organizations

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Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg seen at the 8th Annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center on November 3, 2019, in Mountain View, California.
Peter Barreras/Invision/APPriscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg seen at the 8th Annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center on November 3, 2019, in Mountain View, California.

Most of the 11 Jewish groups receiving funding serve families and young people in the San Francisco Bay Area

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are donating $1.3 million to 11 Jewish organizations, eJewishPhilanthropy reports.

“Mark and Priscilla have made some personal commitments in the past, but these new grants reinforce their interest in learning and deepening their connections with the community,” a spokesperson for the Chan-Zuckerberg family office told the news publication.

The funding comes from the Chan-Zuckerberg family office and not the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI).

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Most of the 11 organizations receiving funding serve families and young people in the San Francisco Bay Area, although two national organizations received support — OneTable, which helps Jews host Shabbat dinners; and PJ Library, which provides free books to Jewish families.

The recipients include three schools: Contra Costa Jewish Day School in Lafayette, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto and the Jewish Community High School of the Bay; as well as three California summer camps: URJ Camp Newman, Camp Ramah in California and Camp Tawonga.

The local Jewish Family and Children’s Services and Jewish Community Relations Council, in addition to the Oshman Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, also received support.

The couple's primary home is in Palo Alto.

“Mark and Priscilla are proud to support the important work each of these organizations does in building communities, education, celebrating traditions and faith, and giving people a voice — especially in fighting antisemitism,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson told eJewishPhilanthropy that the couple has been meeting with rabbis, historians and others to learn more about Judaism and the Jewish community.

Zuckerberg was raised in a Reform Jewish household in Westchester County, New York. In 2020, Zuckerberg said that he became more religious after becoming a father. The couple have two daughters.