Our History

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The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, originally called The Beth Israel Foundation, was established in 1996, when Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) was sold to the Saint Barnabas Corporation after a proud history of providing quality care and a humanistic environment to people of all backgrounds in greater Newark who came to the hospital for treatment or for employment.

The hospital was founded in 1901 by the Jewish community to give Jewish physicians, denied access to practice medicine in other hospitals because of their religion, an institution in which to provide medical care. From its beginning, the hospital was an institution that welcomed all people and all healthcare professionals with the same quality of care. The qualities of tzedakah (charity and righteousness) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) have guided both the hospital and the Foundation since our beginnings.

The Foundation attempts to enhance and provide a new perspective on healthcare and health-related problems and, where appropriate, seeks to provide leadership in identifying problems and in seeing that such problems are studied. We seek collaborations with organizations and institutions in both the Jewish and general communities to study problems, develop solutions, and provide funding to make those solutions a reality.

To achieve these ends, and to ensure that Foundation funds are used as effectively as possible, the Foundation has developed and from time to time refines standards for the consideration of proposals and the evaluation of results. Flexibility is key: not only to respond to developments in healthcare with appropriate grants, but to identify new areas of concern and different approaches to improving the health of vulnerable populations and create funding initiatives to meet those new concerns.

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    2010-2008

    Seeded JFS of MetroWest’s Synagogue Caring Coalition to provide emotional and psychological support within synagogue settings

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    2007-2005

    Launched Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative

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    2004-2003

    Established Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanistic Medicine within New Jersey Medical School

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    2002-2001

    School-based Health Clinics established in partnership with Children’s Hospital of NJ Beth Israel Medical Center

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    2000-1996

    Healthcare Foundation of NJ established with proceeds from sale of Newark Beth Israel hospital

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    1901

    The Newark Beth Israel Hospital founded