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Institute of Southern Jewish Life

Providing educational and rabbinic services to Southern Jewish communities

three stars

82.48

4915 I-55 North Suite 100A
Jackson, MS 39206
tel: (601) 362-6357   Web Site
EIN: 64-0762027

Board Leadership
Rachel Reagler Schulman
Chairman

CEO
Michele Schipper
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.48 three stars
  Financial 77.81 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) is dedicated to providing educational and rabbinic services to Southern Jewish communities, documenting and preserving the rich history of the Southern Jewish experience, and promoting a Jewish cultural presence throughout a thirteen state region. The Institute began as the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in 1986 and is now a subsidiary of the ISJL. The ISJL's innovative regional programming includes annual Jewish film festivals, concerts highlighting cross-cultural music, literary programs, dance and theater performances, and other activities that promote artistic interpretation of the Southern Jewish Experience. Through these dynamic offerings, the Institute enhances Jewish life, celebrates diversity, educates the public, and promotes interfaith, inter-racial, intergenerational dialogue and bridge-building.

The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) is dedicated to providing educational and rabbinic services to Southern Jewish communities, documenting and preserving the rich history of the Southern Jewish experience, and promoting a Jewish cultural presence throughout a thirteen state region. The Institute began as the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in 1986 and is now a subsidiary of the ISJL. The ISJL's innovative regional programming includes annual Jewish film festivals, concerts highlighting cross-cultural music, literary programs, dance and theater performances, and other activities that promote artistic interpretation of the Southern Jewish Experience. Through these dynamic offerings, the Institute enhances Jewish life, celebrates diversity, educates the public, and promotes interfaith, inter-racial, intergenerational dialogue and bridge-building.

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Financial

two stars

77.81

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 09/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
75.6%
  Administrative Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.21
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.67
  Program Expenses Growth 3.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 43.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Institute of Southern Jewish Life on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Institute of Southern Jewish Life on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Institute of Southern Jewish Life (MS) 82.48 three stars
The Jewish Education Project (NY) 87.13 three stars
BBYO (DC) 86.77 three stars
Gateways (NY) 85.43 three stars
Foundation for Jewish Camp (NY) 95.73 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,076,434
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,076,434
   Program Service Revenue $257,062
Total Primary Revenue $1,333,496
   Other Revenue $824,050
TOTAL REVENUE $2,157,546
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,022,812
   Administrative Expenses $280,656
   Fundraising Expenses $329,408
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,632,876
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-475,330
   
Net Assets $4,235,410

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Rabbinic & Educational Services $1,178,632 58.3%
Department of Community Engagement $358,267 17.7%
History/Oral History $348,578 17.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/01/2020 82.48 three stars
2018-06 07/01/2019 82.50 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 75.31 two stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 82.25 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 83.38 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 03/01/2015 85.79 three stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 89.54 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 83.32 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 91.80 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 64-0762027
Name in IRS Master File INSTITUTE OF SOUTHERN JEWISH LIFE INC
NTEE Code A50
NTEE Classification Museum, Museum Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Religious Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(29) Other religious activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date February, 1989
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$147,869 5.61% Michele Schipper CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$233,250 8.85% Macy Hart Former President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Institute of Southern Jewish Life (MS) 82.48 three stars
The Jewish Education Project (NY) 87.13 three stars
Hebrew Free Burial Association (NY) 97.41 four stars
Moving Traditions (PA) 91.87 four stars
Foundation for Jewish Camp (NY) 95.73 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Institute of Southern Jewish Life
4915 I-55 North
Suite 100A
Jackson, MS 39206
tel: (601) 362-6357
fax: (601) 366-6293
EIN: 64-0762027

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 16528
Jackson, MS 39236

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Board Leadership

Rachel Reagler Schulman
Chairman

CEO

Michele Schipper
Chief Executive Officer

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