Foundation of French Judaism
The Fondation du Judaïsme Français was founded in 1974 by the Unified Jewish Social Fund, the work of social assistance for Jewish children, social action through housing and private and legal persons: Jan Aron Samuel, Diane Benvenuti, Antoine Bernheim, Maurice de Botton, Régine Choucron, Paul Curtay, Alain de Gunzburg, Joseph Khaida, André Meyer, Joseph Nahmias, David de Rothschild, Edmond de Rothschild, Elie de Rothschild, Guy de Rothschild, Arthur Rubinstein, Gilbert Salomon Lambert , the Sons of Joseph Weil (Sarl Besançon).
It was recognized as a public utility in 1978.
The Fondation du Judaïsme Français occupies a unique place in the landscape of foundations and in that of Jewish institutions.
By the number of individualized foundations housed, it is the third foundation in France, after the Fondation de France and the Institut de France. It appears to be the first foundation to collect donations within the framework of the Tepa law relating to the IFI.
It is also one of the rare French foundations invested in a very broad spectrum of activities, in which culture plays an eminent role.
The Fondation du Judaïsme Français is an institution recognized as being of public utility, which has two representatives of the State among its Board of Directors. She is particularly attentive to the development of French society and to the harmony between its components. It aims to provide meeting spaces that promote dialogue and discussion.
The Foundation is particularly concerned with contributing to a better transmission and knowledge of Jewish thought yesterday and today, especially among young adults.
Open to the creation of individualized foundations, bearers of lasting projects and visions, the Fondation du Judaïsme Français is experiencing significant development. It intends to continue to be a player, with a unique positioning, in the influence of Judaism in France.