Genesis Philanthropy Group

Organisation profile

Genesis Philanthropy Group


GENESIS Philanthropy Group



Genesis Philanthropy Group’s mission is to develop and enhance a sense of Jewish identity among Russian-speaking Jews worldwide, with a particular emphasis on the former Soviet Union, North America, and Israel, where up to three million Russian-speaking Jews reside.

We are committed to supporting and launching projects, programming, and institutions that are focused on ensuring that Jewish culture, heritage, and values are preserved in Russians-speaking Jewish communities across the globe.

We believe that informed and engaged Russian-speaking Jews will contribute to the cultural enrichment of their communities, strengthen the Jewish community and support the betterment of humanity.


Our work is inspired by the Jewish values and traditions that have sustained the Jewish people and advanced human civilization for millennia.

GPG believes that the positive contribution of the Jewish community to the history of mankind is not limited to the distant past. Adhering to Jewish values and taking great pride in the achievements of the Jewish people, we are confident that the development and strengthening of Jewish identity will be one of the foundations to ensuring the continuity, unity and diversity of world cultures.

As we move into the 21st century, we envision a pluralistic Jewish identity – a source of exciting possibilities for a diverse Jewry and for continuing the task of perfecting the world.

Jewish identity and continuity has suffered dramatic lapses in the Russian-speaking communities of the former Soviet Union. The legacy of a totalitarian past has left vast numbers of Russian-speaking Jews profoundly disengaged from their Jewish heritage.

GPG recognizes that the past is giving way to a new, proud generation of Russian-speaking Jews, a generation that looks to restore its Jewish identity, celebrate its diversity and renew its spirit.

Genesis values a universal pluralistic vision of the global Jewish community and seeks to engage Russian-speaking Jews in Jewish tradition, culture and values to the benefit of their communities, and to the benefit of the entire Jewish people.




Our vision is a world in which Russian-speaking Jews around the globe readily identify and engage with Jewish values, culture, and ethics.

As we recognize the unique challenges facing Russian-speaking Jews, we place emphasis on the agenda of identity-building and community transformation. In order to achieve systemic change within Russian-speaking Jewish populations, Genesis has committed to going beyond the practice of isolated one-time grants. Instead, GPG prioritizes capacity-building funding for long-term, wide-scale initiatives.

GPG believes that achieving a paradigm shift in the field will require entering into strategic partnerships with established not-for-profits and foundations. We seek to work with the entities that share our mission and that can meaningfully and effectively engage Russian-speaking Jews.

While our current work is limited to the FSU, Israel and North America, we will eventually engage Russian-speaking Jewish communities in other countries, assuming we can foresee a relevant positive impact.