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The Buzz: JVG’ers Recognized for Inspiring Work

November 13, 2013

Recognition from Slingshot, The Covenant Foundation, and The Jewish Daily Forward:

Mazal tov to the 12 JVG Fellows and Alumni selected as top innovative Jewish organizations and featured in the 2013-2014 Slingshot Guide:

Just a few days later, Risa Alyson Cooper was also recognized as a promising young Jewish educator. She was awarded the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize.

What does Alumna Idit Klein have in common with Sheryl Sandberg, Amar’e Stoudamire, Mandy Patinkin, Angelina Jolie, and the Pope? She has been honored as one of this year’s “Forward 50″ newsworthy and notable Jews! Read about Keshet’s growth and Idit’s leadership, and see who else is on the list.

Beyond recognition, all of our Fellows and Alumni have been producing programs, press, and thought leadership and making exciting transitions:

  • Sara Bamberger (’12): A religious Reform Jew fascinated by the many uses of Jewish texts, traditions and rituals attends a Kevah group and blogs about her experience in the Jewish Journal.
  • Matt Bar (’12): Bible Raps is gearing up to release a new album and complimentary curriculum. 15 songs are available for online listening now.
  • Aaron Bisman (’03) has started a new position as Director of Audience Development for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mazal tov to Aaron on his new role, as well as his work as co-producer of the Schusterman Connection Point gathering called Asylum: International Jewish Artists Retreat.
  • Sarah Blattner (’12): As the new year begins, TAMRITZ’s work is full steam ahead at four partner schools, one of which – the Krieger Schechter Day School – was featured in the Baltimore Jewish Times. Sarah also wrote about TAMRITZ in RAVSAK’s HaYidion, demonstrating the merits of digital badge learning.
  • Alison Laichter (’10) wrote a HuffPost Religion blog post for Yom Yippur on Practicing Forgiveness. Alison is also very excited to have joined the team at JDC Entwine, at her new job as West Coast Regional Manager.
  • Sarah Lefton (’10): G-dcast had a wildly successful high holiday season with press about the eScapegoat project from NPR, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as the release of its first children’s book. Also, they just released a Kavana of Giving during the high holiday season.
  • Zhenya Plechkina (’10): Zshuk is running many engaging programs for kids ages 3-13, including a Museum Education Series at the Hannah Senesh Community School.
  • Rochelle Shoretz (’03): Sharsheret celebrates its 12th anniversary year with a video series highlighting each of its twelve national support and education programs. One video per month is featured on its YouTube channel.