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Fellows Grow Teams, Programs, and Supporters

February 15, 2011

It has been remarkable to see all that our Fellows have accomplished over the past eight months since the Dual Investment Program began, and how their ventures continue to evolve, impress, and inspire. In addition to being leaders of their respective ventures, they can also now call themselves, among other things, major grant recipients, conference presenters, curriculum publishers, and — for many — team members.

One of the most difficult and most rewarding accomplishments in the early stages of any organization is developing the capacity to bring on a second staff member. We are thrilled to report that since last June, five of our Fellows have welcomed new professionals to their teams — four of whom filled newly created positions.

More of our Fellows’ most recent developments include:

Reaching organizational milestones and securing foundation support.

Developing and enhancing programmatic offerings.

  • Alison Laichter’s Jewish Meditation Center celebrated Tu B’Shvat by hosting a meditative seder with Brooklyn Jews, drawing over 80 participants.   A liberating contemplative Passover Seder is now being planned for this April.
  • Zhenya Plechkina’s Zshuk Children’s Art Initiative welcomed over 100 individuals and families to its interactive installation Solomon’s Chair at Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn last month.
  • Sarah Lefton’s G-dcast launched a webstore where individuals, parents, and educators can purchase DVDs of the entire Torah series, as well as its newly-released Teachers’ Guide.
  • Rachel Nussbaum‘s Kavana Cooperative is partnering with Jewish Family Service of Seattle to offer two “Parenting with Intention” workshops in March, with one specifically geared for interfaith couples.
  • Nati Passow’s Jewish Farm School is currently seeking applicants for Anafim: The Sustainable Food and Farming Internship, for high school seniors and gap year students.

Growing professional teams and fostering collaboration.

  • Nati Passow’s Jewish Farm School recently brought on its third full-time staff member, Rabbi Jacob Fine, as the organization’s first Rabbi and Director of Programs.
  • Eli Winkelman’s Challah for Hunger has expanded its professional and volunteer teams, welcoming Rachel Glicksman as its first full-time hire and a new group of national-level interns and managers.
  • Zelig Golden’s Wilderness Torah recently welcomed Sarai Shapiro as the organization’s first Program Coordinator.
  • Kavana Cooperative‘s educational coordinator, Maxine Alloway, was featured in a recent Sh’ma piece about new thinking in congregational education.
  • Sarah Lefton of G-dcast has been connecting with educators, speaking at the NATE (National Association of Temple Educators) and NAJDS (North American Jewish Day School) Conferences.
  • Ari Weiss’s Uri L’Tzedek is currently searching to bring on a third staff member as Program Director.