JJ Greenberg
In memory of JJ Greenberg

JJ Greenberg Memorial Award

The JJ Greenberg Memorial Award honors foundation professionals engaged in grantmaking, age 40 and under, who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in Jewish philanthropy. 

The award was created and endowed by his family, friends and colleagues as a memorial for Jonathan Joseph Greenberg following his untimely death in a traffic accident in 2002, when he was just 36.  The Award is presented annually to an individual who, like JJ, has exemplified through words and deeds the highest of Jewish values and the relentless pursuit of excellence in all aspects of life.

The Award recognizes JJ for his contributions to Jewish life and helps to advance the field of Jewish philanthropy by:

  • Inspiring and challenging all foundation professionals to embody the values that defined his career
  • Encouraging more people like JJ to enter the field
  • Celebrating the accomplishments of the recipients

JJ served as executive director of the Steinhardt Foundation/Jewish Life Network (JLN) from its inception in 1995, working closely with his father, Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, the foundation’s president, and its chairman, Michael Steinhardt. JJ assisted in creating such landmark programs and institutions as Birthright Israel; the Makor/Steinhardt Center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side; the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE); Synagogue Transformation and Renewal (STAR); and the Jewish Early Childhood Education Partnership. He also helped oversee national programs in conjunction with Hillel and the Jewish Heritage Program, among others. JJ was a spontaneous personality who enjoyed a wide range of interests. Possessed of an infectious enthusiasm, he spoke fluent Hebrew, took great joy in his work, demonstrated great vision and achieved impressive results in all of his endeavors. 

Recipients of the JJ Greenberg Memorial Award receive an item of Judaica and $5,000 to be used for professional development or tzedakah (charity).

Past Recipients

Shayna Rose Triebwasser
Righteous Persons Foundation
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David Rittberg
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Amy Braier
Pears Foundation
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Justin Korda
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
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Lesley Matsa
Crown Family Philanthropies
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Hila Marmos and Meytal Brown Mendelewicz
The Opportunity Fund
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Josh Miller
Jim Joseph Foundation
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Charlene Seidle
Leichtag Foundation
Atar Razy Oren
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Adene Sacks
Jim Joseph Foundation
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Adam Simon
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
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Felicia Herman
Natan Fund
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Joanna Ballantine
Harold Grinspoon Foundation
Sharna Goldseker
Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies
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Rachel Levin
Righteous Persons Foundation