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JVG Fellows Focus on People, Programming, and Products

April 7, 2011


The themes that resonate this Spring with our Fellows are people, programming and products. These entrepreneurs are continually seeking to surround themselves with the best people to add to their teams and to their braintrusts. They develop and deliver robust programming that speaks to their missions — and resonates with their audiences. They are also creating and sharing tangible products for people to incorporate meaningful, personal practices into their own lives and homes.

From resources and opportunities to enrich your Passover holiday, to upcoming programming that you won’t want to miss, learn more about the experiences our Fellows are creating on the ground:

Alison Laichter was featured in the most recent issue of PresenTense Magazine, reflecting on Spirituality and Activism. In preparation for the upcoming holiday, the Jewish Meditation Center will be sharing its 2011 Passover Hagaddah Insert — so be on the lookout for that coming your way soon!

Ari Weiss recently hired Uri L’Tzedek’s third full-time staff member, Raizel Druxman, to serve as the organization’s first Program Director. Uri L’Tzedek also just released its Food and Justice Hagaddah Supplement — the perfect edition to any Seder.

Eli Winkelman recently welcomed Kate Forester of Repair the World to the Challah for Hunger Board of Directors. In addition, so far this semester, CfH chapters have baked nearly 5,000 loaves of challah, raising over $17,000 for the AJWS Sudan Relief and Advocacy Fund and for other social justice organizations around the world.

Nati Passow‘s Jewish Farm School just came off an incredible month of Alternative Break Trips. You can read reflections from a past participant here. Up next, they have an exciting array of programs – from Maple Sugaring to Beekeeping – available this Spring.

Rachel Nussbaum (along with fellow Fellow Sarah Lefton!) was featured in the Spring 2011 edition of Jewish Women International Magazine, reflecting on alternative prayer communities. Kavana will also be celebrating its fifth anniversary this summer — mazal tov!

Sarah Lefton‘s G-dcast recently moved its offices to a great space in downtown San Francisco. You can also “get educated” about the Four Sons via G-dcast’s Pesach episode.

Zelig Golden‘s Wilderness Torah is gearing up for an exciting season of programming: 140 people are co-creating a rustic village near Death Valley for the upcoming Passover in the Desert; its Hebrew Homesteading series debuted this Spring; and its B’nai Mitzvah Nature Program is set to launch this September, with support from a recent Covenant Foundation Ignition Grant!

Zhenya Plechkina recently returned from Israel, where Zshuk Art Initiative volunteered to create a mural for the Yemin Orde Youth Village. Just before Passover, on Sunday, April 17th, Zshuk will debut the first interactive show for Russian-speaking Jewish families: The Besht’s Magical Journey.