The Nadav Foundation
Leonid Nevzlin established the Nadav Foundation in 2003 in order to support initiatives that promote understanding of the concept of Jewish peoplehood, build collective Jewish identity, and forge lasting ties between Jews around the world.
The foundation’s activities and the grants it confers are designed to guarantee that a sense of belonging to the Jewish people continues to be the basis of Jewish peoplehood in the twenty-first century. The foundation strives to achieve this by reinforcing the cultural, religious, and historical heritage of the Jewish people.
The foundation recognizes the wide variety of ways in which Judaism can be defined, giving expression to the differences and diversity that exist in the Jewish people. The essence of Jewish nationhood is the connection between the individual and the international Jewish community and the Jewish homeland – the State of Israel. The Nadav Foundation is motivated by the belief that a sense of belonging can be cultivated through long-term educational and experiential programs, especially programs for the young. The Nadav Foundation aspires to advance the pluralistic dialogue in the Jewish world through supporting and encouraging initiatives in the field of Jewish peoplehood in order to guarantee the future and prosperity of the Jewish people.
Initiator and Founder, Nadav Foundation
Leonid Nevzlin is a businessman and philanthropist who made aliyah from Moscow in 2003. During his early adulthood, he held influential positions in both the private and public sectors in Russia, including rector of Moscow’s University of the Humanities, deputy chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, and president of the Russian-Jewish Congress.
Nevzlin is the chairman of the International Board of Governors of Beit Hatfutsot (the Diaspora Museum) and acting chairman of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (JPPPI). In addition, he is a member of the boards of governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv University.