About the Berman Foundation


THE MANDELL AND MADELEINE BERMAN FOUNDATION supports Jewish education, the study of the contemporary American Jewish community, the revitalization of Jewish Detroit and efforts promoting the arts, education and workforce development in Detroit.


MANDELL (BILL) BERMAN z'l was a Jewish communal activist and philanthropist whose foresight and generosity led to the creation of the North American Jewish Data Bank 30 years ago and to its permanent endowment under its current name at the Jewish Federations of North America in 2013.  He died in December 2016 at the age of 99.

Bill was a longtime supporter of the Jewish Federations and other Jewish communal organizations. He funded research, evaluation and informed policy making through The Jewish Federations of North America, The North American Jewish Data Bank, the Berman Jewish Policy Archive, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA), and the University of Michigan. During his tenure as a communal leader, Bill served on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Council of Jewish Federations, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, United Israel Appeal, JESNA, the Jewish Agency, the World Zionist Education Authority, and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He was a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.