Weinberg Foundation hires new program director

Ben Sales

(JTA) — The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, has hired a new program director to deal with Jewish and Israel issues.

Rafi Rone will manage grants to help low-income and vulnerable adults in Israel, in addition to grants supporting Jewish communal causes, the Baltimore-based foundation announced Wednesday.

The foundation distributed about $200 million to an array of Jewish and Israeli causes over the past three years (including grants to JTA).

Before joining the Weinberg Foundation, Rone was vice president of Jewish and Israel initiatives at the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds in Baltimore.

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Rone also served a volunteer term on the Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs, and has extensive experience working in the Jewish philanthropic world.

“Rafi brings more than 20 years of experience in community relations and community development to this new position at the foundation,” Rachel Garbow Monroe, the Weinberg Foundation’s president and CEO, said in a news release. “He is a highly regarded professional who has worked with dozens of Jewish organizations and managed millions of dollars in grants to the Jewish community locally and in Israel.”

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