Posen Foundation

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Not to be confused with the Illinois based Posen Family Foundation

The Posen Foundation is a Lucerne, Switzerland based organisation with offices in the US and Israel. It is run by Felix Posen and his son Daniel Posen. It says its mission is to work 'internationally to advance Jewish education and promote Jewish culture in the public sphere.'[1]

Felix Posen, a German born, American raised, British citizen, and longtime advisor to Marc Rich, reportedly started the Foundation to support Jewish secular cultural projects. He 'believes that academic departments give secular Jewish history and culture... short shrift.'[2]

In 2009, the Posen Foundation suspended select funds distributions due to the effect that the Madoff investment scandal had on Felix Posen's finances. Selected activities to be started or completed in 2009 were postponed until 2010.[3]


In 2009 the Foundation stated on its website:

Through its signature grant program, the Posen Project, more than three-dozen institutions of higher education have developed courses in the academic study of Jewish secularism and Judaism as Culture. The Foundation is also deeply committed to the understanding of historic and modern antisemitism, and has been the primary financial supporter of the Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since its inception in 1982.[4]

In 2002 and 2003 the Foundation donated money to the Science Media Centre.


Felix Posen founder and president | Daniel Posen executive director | Jesse Tisch Director | Heather Chait Webmaster[5]

Academic committee (Israel)

Prof. Menachem Brinker | Prof. Yehuda Bauer | Prof. Ora Limor | Prof. Ron Margolin | Prof. Daniel Gutwein | Prof. Israel Bartal | Dr. Ela Bauer | Prof. Robert Wistrich[6]


Web: posenfoundation.com
Israeli website (in Hebrew): posenfoundation.co.il

Circa 2013

Address:80 Eighth Avenue, Suite 206 - New York , NY 10011
Tel: 212-564-6711

Circa 2009

Address: Weggisgasse 26 CH-6004 Lucerne, Switzerland
Tel: +41 41 417 0330
Fax: +41 41 417 0335[7]


  1. Posen Foundation Mission, accessed 22 August 2013
  2. Marissa Brostoff Jewish-Studies Money With Strings Attached Tablet November 18, 2009 3:00 PM, accessed 22 August 2013
  3. Lior Dattel Posen Foundation hit by Madoff fraud Haaretz Jan. 8, 2009 | 2:00 AM, accessed 22 August 2013
  4. Posen Foundation Organizations, retrieved from the Internet Archive of 23 June 2009 on 22 August 2013
  5. Posen Foundation About us, accessed 3 September 2013
  6. Posen Foundation About us, accessed 22 August 2013
  7. Posen foundation contact us, retrieved from the Internet Archive of 26 February 2009 on 22 August 2013