Steven Spielberg's New Jewish Story Partners Foundation #usa

Jan Meisels Allen


Jewish Story Partners is a new film foundation with initial funding from the Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw’s Righteous Persons Foundation aiming to “tell stories abut diverse spectrum of Jewish experiences, histories and cultures”.


The Los Angeles based Foundation has over $2million in funding also provided by the Maimonides Foundation and Jim Joseph Foundation. The Foundation will start this year with $500,00 in grants to U.S. based feature length documentaries to be selected by jury panels. Jewish Story Partners will announce its inaugural round of grantees shortly. Submissions are open for a second funding round with applications due July 1.


There is nothing like storytelling to foster connections and help us understand life’s deepest truths. We are especially proud to help establish this initiative — which will make visible a fuller range of Jewish voices, identities, experiences, and perspectives — at a time when social divisions run painfully deep and mainstream depictions too often fail to reflect the Jewish community in all its complexity. We hope that JSP projects will long be a source of meaning within the Jewish community and beyond,” said Capshaw and Spielberg in a joint statement.


Spielberg and Capshaw founded the Righteous Persons Foundation in 1995 from his profits from the 1993 film Schindler’s List. It has made more than $100 million in grants and been supported by additional profits from the films Munich and Lincoln.


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee