The Samis Foundation accepts proposals by invitation only. We always welcome the opportunity to learn more about organizations’ work as it relates to our mission and grant areas of Washington State and Israel. We appreciate the opportunity to learn about national and international programs that might have application in the greater Seattle area. If you are interested in speaking further and your work meets these criteria, please contact Amy Amiel, Senior Program Director.

The following are past and present Samis Foundation Grantees:

Jewish Day Schools

  • Derech Emunah Girls High School
  • Jewish Day School of Greater Seattle
  • Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder
  • Northwest Yeshiva High School
  • Seattle Hebrew Academy
  • Seattle Jewish Community School
  • Torah Day School of Seattle

Jewish Overnight Summer Camping

  • Sephardic Adventure Camp
  • Camp Solomon Schechter
  • Camp Kalsman
  • Need-based scholarships. Need-based scholarship funds through the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle which both matches Samis’ contributions and administers the application process.

Engagement and Teen Experiences

  • Alexander Muss High School in Israel Program
  • BBYO “Jewish Enrichment Initiative”
  • Friendship Circle “Teen JAM” (Judaism/Activism/Mitzvah)
  • Holocaust Center for Humanity “Day of Learning: Outreach Project to Jewish Students in Washington State”


  • Professor Ehud Netzer: Jericho volumes 1-5 and Herodium Vol. 1 & 2
  • Beer Sheva Women’s Shelter
  • Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) aka Machon Lev, Ethiopian EngineeringProgram
  • Kiryat Malachi Early Childhood Center
  • Sea Israel, Israel’s first and only aquarium; the Veterinary Care and Research Center
  • Woman to Woman Shelter JCT
  • Maskila program at Machon Tal/JCT
  • Hadassah Academic College Haredi “Mechina” (preparatory program)
  • Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel
  • Nefesh B’Nefesh
  • Keren Klita Kehillateinu
  • NACOE (North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry) “
  • Orthodox Union (OU) – National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY)
  • Jaffa Institute
  • Gesher
  • Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)

Emergency Grants

  • 2004 Turkey Earthquake
  • 2010 Haiti Earthquake
  • 2011 Japan Earthquake
  • 2012 Hurricane Sandy
  • 2013 Typhoon Haiyan
  • 2014 Ukraine Communitie
  • 2014 Oso Mudslide
  • 2014 Operation Protective Edge (Tsuk Eitan)
  • 2014 Families of Har Nof Victims
  • 2015 Ukraine Communities
  • 2015 Houston Flood Relief
  • 2015 One Family Together
  • 2016 Earthquake Relief Ecuador
  • 2016 Earthquake Relief Sri Lanka
  • 2016 Baton Rouge Flood
  • 2016 Amatrice, Italy Earthquake $5K
  • 2016 Haiti Hurricane Matthew
  • 2016 Orlando massacre
  • 2017 Sri Lanka flooding
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2017 Mexico Earthquake
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma, Virgin Islands
  • 2017 Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico