Diane and Guilford Glazer Philanthropies is interested in programs and organizations working to create bridges between people of the Jewish faith and ethnicity and those from other faith and ethnic communities. We are focused on creating a better knowledge and understanding of Israel as the State of the Jewish people among other nations of the world.

Some examples of the projects we have supported include:

The Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute of Jewish Studies is the premier center for university based studies of Judaism in China, The Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute, located in the former capital of China, has promoted the academic study of Judaism, the Jewish people and Israel. Graduates of the program have now established Jewish studies programs across China.

The Institute of Jewish Studies at Nanjing University was first established in May 1992 to meet a growing demand for Judaic studies in China and to promote the study of Jewish subjects among Chinese college students and a better understanding between the two peoples: Chinese and Jewish, following the establishment of full diplomatic relations between China and Israel in January 1992. A grant from Diane & Guilford Glazer Philanthropies has allowed the Institute to move to a  space of over 3,000 square feet, housing a conference hall, a director room, a study room, a lecture hall, and a library.

The Diane and Guilford Glazer Fund has focused on bringing a study of contemporary Israel to China, with programs at over 10 Chinese universities, in 2016, in partnership with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation. New Israel studies will open at prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing. Experts from Israel will teach Hebrew as well as offer courses on the Israeli political system and Israeli society at Tsinghua. This program will expand to two additional prestigious Chinese universities, Fudan in Shanghai and Beidain in Beijing, providing a balanced view of Israel in the Middle East and offering a significant Israeli presence in China.

The growing number of relationships between Israel and China require a serious review of policy options and recommendations. The Sino Israel Forum at INSS includes representatives of the Israeli Government, the private sector and non-governmental sectors. The growing ties require the opportunity to discuss a range of issues essential to the quickly evolving relations between the two nations in areas as diverse as intellectual property, China’s relationship to the broader Middle East and the need to train more Israeli experts familiar with contemporary China.

In a city as large and diverse as Los Angeles, the relationship of people of multiple faiths and ethnicities must be a priority. Glazer Philanthropies sponsored the creation of an Institute for Jewish and Israel Studies at Pepperdine University, an academically outstanding and highly influential institution of higher learning. By offering interdisciplinary classes with Jewish content, extracurricular programs and programs focused on faculty which enhance their understanding of the Jewish connection to Christianity, the Glazer Institute has established a unique and effective inter-religious bridge.