An Accomplished Portfolio: JVG Fellow & Venture Successes
Our Dual Investment Program cultivates strong leaders and guides the growth of ventures that reinvigorate Jewish life across North America. For over ten years, social entrepreneurs have looked to JVG to gain the skills, support, and network access to realize their visions.
Our ventures are sustainable and growing.
JVG Fellows have launched 32 ventures since 2001. Of these 32 ventures, 25 ventures are operational and thriving and 5 ventures have budgets of at least $1 million.
Recognition in the Jewish Community and Beyond
As these ventures extend their reach, communities are taking note:
- 12 ventures launched by JVG Fellows and Alumni were featured in the 2013-14 Slingshot Guide of the Jewish community’s 50 most innovative organizations. Since 2008, 19 JVG’ers have been recognized by Slingshot.
- Lay and professional leaders from 11 ventures have participated in gatherings of the ROI Community’s international network of innovators.
- Leaders of 6 ventures have been invited to the White House for annual Hanukkah or Jewish Heritage Receptions.
Our Fellows are life-long change-makers.
JVG enables high-potential leaders to develop into influential change-makers—in the Jewish community and beyond.
Here are a few examples:
- Rabbi Daniel Greyber (’01) in 2012 published a book called Faith Unravels: A Rabbi’s Struggle with Grief and God.
- Amy Tobin (’01) is now the chief executive officer of the JCC East Bay, more than 10 years after founding her intraprenerial venture, The Hub, which is still housed at the JCC of San Francisco.
- Amichai Lau-Lavie (’03), founding director of Storahtelling, has evolved his venture into Lab/Shul, an experimental community for sacred Jewish gatherings based in NYC.
- Yavilah McCoy’s (’03) newest project, Dimensions Educational Consulting, offers creative, strategic, and meaningful diversity resources to corporate, social justice, and educational organizations.
- Aaron Bisman (’03) is the director of audience development for Jazz at Lincoln Center and coordinates the Schusterman Connection Points’ Asylum Retreat for international Jewish artists.
- Rabbi Sarah Bassin (’12) joined the clergy at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills to innovate within a congregational setting.
JVG Fellows and Alumni are considered field experts and trailblazers:
- Sarah Lefton (’10) and Risa Alyson Cooper (’12) were each honored with the Pomegranate Prize, awarded annually by the Covenant Foundation to a select group of promising Jewish educators.
- Idit Klein (’03), founder and executive director of Keshet, was included in the 2013 “Forward 50” list of newsworthy and notable Jews.
- Rochelle Shoretz (’03), founder and executive director of Sharsheret, is a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women. For her pioneering efforts she was named one of the “Forward 50” and a “Woman to Watch” by Jewish Woman Magazine.
- Rachel Nussbaum (’10), co-founder of the Kavana Cooperative, was named to Newsweek’s 2011 list of the “50 Most Influential Rabbis.”
- Multiple Alumni have been regular contributors to Sh’ma and to The Jewish Week’s “The New Normal” blog.
- Media outlets that have featured our Fellows and their work include:
ABC News, Baltimore Jewish Times, CNN, eJewishPhilanthropy, Haaretz, The Forward, J Weekly, The Jerusalem Post, Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, The Jewish Press, The Jewish Week, JUF News, New Jersey Jewish Standard, The New York Times, NPR, Oregon Jewish Life Magazine, Tablet Magazine, Times of Israel, and Washington Jewish Week.
“I consider Fellows from my own cohort, and from subsequent cohorts, to be some of my closest friends and most treasured colleagues. My career has also benefited from the cache of the Fellowship in the Jewish community. I can confidently say that my status as a JVG Alumna has contributed to my reputation in the field and has enabled me to grow my business consistently—exclusively through word of mouth—for more than a decade.”
— Tobin Belzer, PhD (’01), sociologist of contemporary American Jewry, has conducted research and evaluation for the Yiddish Book Center, the Foundation for Jewish Camp, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and The John Templeton Foundation, among others.