Since its first grant almost 40 years ago, the Pincus Fund for Jewish Education has worked to strengthen, expand and enrich Jewish education in communities throughout the Diaspora. The dream of a fund for Jewish education initiatives was originally led by the joint efforts of Louis Pincus and Max Fischer. Mr. Pincus unfortunately passed away before the Fund began to operate, however the work continued, and the new fund was dedicated in his memory. With the financial support of its founding partners, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the World Zionist Organization, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Government of Israel, the Pincus Fund awarded its first grant in March, 1977.
Since that first grant, the Pincus Fund has continued to support projects covering a wide spectrum of activities aimed at strengthening Jewish education in the Diaspora. Pincus Fund grants have played a vital role in the establishment and development of Jewish educational institutions, curriculum and educational materials, adult and informal education, and research into specific areas of Jewish education.
Almost 40 years later, the Pincus Fund is still playing an important role in Jewish education in communities across the world. The Pincus Fund continues to award grants to new and innovative projects that have an impact on Jewish communities throughout the Diaspora.
Louis A. Pincus
Louis A. Pincus was born in South Africa, where he practiced law from 1934 through 1948. He served as chairman of the South African Zionist Socialist Party, and was co-founder of Habonim in South Africa. From 1940 through 1948, Mr. Pincus also served as Vice-Chairman of the Zionist Federation in South Africa.
Mr. Pincus made aliyah in 1948 just before the establishment of the State. He became the legal adviser and General Secretary to the Ministry of Transportation, and later served as the first managing director of El Al. In 1961, he was elected a member of the Jewish Agency Executive, and served as its treasurer. In 1966, the 27th Zionist Congress elected him Chairman of the Executive. Mr. Pincus played a major role in the restructuring of the Jewish Agency and he was elected Chairman of the Executive at the Founding Assembly of the Reconstituted Jewish Agency in 1971.
Mr. Pincus was firmly committed to strengthening Jewish education in the Diaspora and to that end, he worked toward the establishment of a fund to accomplish this aim. Unfortunately, Mr. Pincus died in Jerusalem in 1973, before the founding of the Fund. The Pincus Fund for Jewish Education was formally established in 1976, and is dedicated to his memory.