Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

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The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was founded in 1987 and it is a is part of the Schusterman Philanthropic Network (SPN), a global network of philanthropic initiatives started by the Schusterman family in the U.S., Israel and Canada.

According to their website, their vision is "To help the Jewish people flourish by spreading the joy of Jewish living, giving and learning," and their mission is "ensuring vibrant Jewish life by empowering young Jews to embrace the joy of Judaism, build inclusive Jewish communities, support the State of Israel and repair the world." They have a branch in Israel, founded in 2006.[1]


Promotion of Infant Circumcision

In 2009, Schusterman Family Foundation gave a grant to mohel and professional infant circumcisor Neil Pollock to promote infant circumcision in Rwanda,[2] particularly the Mogen technique, in the name of HIV prevention. As a result of this, the Rwandan Ministry of Health has made infant circumcision a priority as AIDS prevention strategy.[2] This in spite of the fact that studies have shown shown HIV to be more prevalent among circumcised men in that country (3.5% vs 2.1%).[3]

References

  1. "Schusterman Philantropic Network". http://www.schusterman.org. Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. 2011-04-11. http://www.schusterman.org/meet-us/schusterman-philanthropic-network-spn. Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Millman, N. Michael (2009-02-24). "BC Surgeon Joins Fight Against Sub-Saharan AIDS". marketwire. http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/BC-Surgeon-Joins-Fight-Against-Sub-Saharan-Aids-953409.htm. Retrieved 2011-04-10. "...much of the trip's cost was covered by grant money from Canadian Institutes of Health Research and funding from the Shusterman Foundation..." 
  3. Britton, Elizabeth (2006-10-12). "15.3.6 HIV Prevalence and Male Circumcision" (PDF). HIV prevalence and associated factors: 239. http://www.measuredhs.com/pubs/pdf/FR183/15Chapter15.pdf. Retrieved 2011-04-11. "Table 15.11 indicates higher prevalence of HIV among circumcised males (3.5 percent) than among uncircumcised males (2.1 percent).". 
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