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Alumni

The first iteration of Joshua Venture produced two cohorts of dynamic and talented Jewish social entrepreneurs whose bold ideas and dedicated leadership continue to make an impact on local communities, across the country, and around the world. Our most recent cohort joined this illustrious group of alumni in June 2012, and continue to build their ventures that strive to create more just, vibrant, and inclusive communities.

Ronit Avni

Ronit Avni

Just Vision

www.justvision.org

Ronit Avni

Just Vision serves as a platform to inform, connect, and engage people in Palestinian-Israeli civilian efforts to resolve the conflict nonviolently. Using film and cutting-edge multi-media tools, Just Vision shines a spotlight on vital initiatives, builds bridges from awareness to action, and inspires civic participation in grassroots peace building.

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Sam Ball

Sam Ball

The New Jewish Filmmaking Project

www.citizenfilm.org

Sam Ball

Since 2002, Citizen Film has produced the New Jewish Filmmaking Project, a program of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival dedicated to showcasing diversity in the Jewish Community from the point of view of the culturally diverse generation of Jews that is coming of age today.

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Tobin Belzer

Tobin Belzer

Tobin Belzer

Tobin Belzer PhD is a Research Associate at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. A sociologist of American Jewry, her research and program evaluations have focused on young adults’ Jewish identity, Jewish organizational culture, Jewish education, and comparative congregational studies.

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Aaron Bisman

Aaron Bisman

JDub Records

www.jdubrecords.org

Aaron Bisman

JDub Records’ mission is twofold: to create community among young Jews, their friends, and significant others by promoting proud, authentic Jewish voices in popular culture; and to offer young adults opportunities to connect with their Judaism in the secular world in which they live.

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Mitch Braff

Mitch Braff

Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation

www.jewishpartisans.org

Mitch Braff

The mission of the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation (JPEF) is to develop and distribute effective educational materials about the Jewish partisans and their life lessons, bringing the celebration of heroic resistance against tyranny into educational and cultural organizations.

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Zelig Golden

Wilderness Torah

www.wildernesstorah.org

Wilderness Torah’s vision is to develop a Bay Area center for earth-based Judaism that integrates community programs, organic farm and sustainable life skills education, and nature awareness training – a local educational center that serves as a national resource and training ground for building healthy, sustainable Jewish community.

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Daniel Greyber

Rabbi Daniel Greyber

Lishma

Daniel Greyber

Founded in 1998 with a grant from the Covenant Foundation and in partnership with the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, Lishma began as an egalitarian yeshiva-study summer program for young adult Jews ages 18 to 25 to explore their Jewish identity through the lens of traditional study, prayer, and practice.

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Daron Joffe

Daron Joffe

Gan Chaim

Daron Joffe

Through its projects, Gan Chaim endeavors to ensure enjoyable, empowering and educational Jewish experiences for children, seniors, and individuals with special needs in the Jewish communities of Greater Atlanta and Athens, Georgia, while simultaneously promoting environmental awareness and responsible stewardship.

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Idit Klein

Idit Klein

Keshet

www.keshetonline.org

Idit Klein

Keshet was founded with a vision of a Jewish community that celebrates the full diversity of gender and sexual orientation – not as a departure from Jewish tradition but as an authentically Jewish perspective.

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Alison Laichter

Jewish Meditation Center

www.jmcbrooklyn.org

The Jewish Meditation Center is a groundbreaking organization that fosters a thriving community of meditators and spiritual leaders, transforming the world through the cultivation of awareness, compassion, and Jewish wisdom.

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Amichai Lau Lavie

Amichai Lau-Lavie

Storahtelling

www.storahtelling.org

Amichai Lau Lavie

Storahtelling is a pioneer in Jewish education via the arts and new media. Through innovative leadership training programs and theatrical performances, Storahtelling makes ancient stories and traditions accessible for new generations, advancing Judaic literacy and raising social consciousness.

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Sarah Lefton

Sarah Lefton

G-dcast

www.g-dcast.com

Sarah Lefton

G-dcast is a media production company with a bold educational mission: to raise basic Jewish literacy, demystify core Jewish texts, and spark great conversations with entertaining short films and games delivered for free online.

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Nati Passow

Jewish Farm School

www.jewishfarmschool.org

The Jewish Farm School (JFS) is an environmental organization that practices and promotes sustainable agriculture, and supports food systems rooted in justice and Jewish traditions.

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Rachel Nussbaum

Rachel Nussbaum

Kavana Cooperative

www.kavana.org

Rachel Nussbaum

Over the past three years, the Kavana Cooperative in Seattle has gained national attention for its innovative approach to creating intentional Jewish community through a cooperative model. Kavana seeks to empower its partners and participants to create a meaningful Jewish life and a positive Jewish identity.

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Zhenya Plechkina

Zshuk Children's Art Initiative

Zshuk Children’s Art Initiative is a new idea that will combine the creation of an arts publication with teaching artist residencies for children age 4-18.

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Rochelle Shoretz

Rochelle Shoretz

Sharsheret

www.sharsheret.org

Rochelle Shoretz

Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain,” is a national organization of cancer survivors dedicated to addressing the unique concerns of young Jewish women facing breast cancer. Sharsheret provides culturally sensitive support to young Jewish women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Ari Weiss

Uri L'Tzedek

www.utzedek.org

Uri L’Tzedek was founded in May 2007 to engage, empower, and inspire the American Orthodox Jewish community to enact social change both within and beyond its own communal borders.

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Eli Winkelman

Challah for Hunger

www.challahforhunger.org

Challah for Hunger (CfH) bakes and sells challah bread to raise money and awareness for social justice causes.

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Jennifer Bleyer

Heeb Magazine

www.heebmagazine.com

Heeb Magazine was founded by Jennifer Bleyer, a journalist and Joshua Venture Alumna, in Brooklyn in 2001, and has continued to grow since she moved on from the magazine in 2003. Covering arts, culture, and politics in a voice all its own, Heeb has become a multimedia magnet for the young, urban, and influential. Heeb Magazine delivers original reporting, celebrity interviews, photography and illustration from the world’s most creative, emerging talents.

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Yavilah McCoy

Ayecha

Ayecha was founded to promote tolerance and sensitivity in the Jewish and world communities, offering educational curricula, workshops, trainings, tutoring, mentoring, and retreats to promote the needs and concerns of racially diverse Jews and their families. Through its work, Ayecha brought together thousands of people, from various backgrounds, affiliations, and cultures to consider what binds Jews to one another, despite difference, and to examine the misunderstandings around difference that can, unfortunately, keep people apart.

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Meredith Polsky

Matan

http://www.matankids.org

Matan supports Jewish communities, professionals, and institutions in educating children with special learning needs. Matan is committed to exposing all children to the “wonder” of Jewish life and fostering literate and engaged Jews through creative and multi-sensory approaches. By strengthening the capacity of Jewish institutions to support and sustain more educationally varied programs, Matan is expanding the Jewish community’s ability to fulfill the obligation to include all children – not just typical learners – in their Jewish educational birthright.

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Rabbi Rochelle Robins

Bat Kol

www.batkol.org

Bat Kol responds to educational, religious, and health care concerns within and beyond the Jewish community. Cross-cultural and interfaith coalition building is at the heart of Bat Kol’s philosophy. Repairing the world – tikkun olam – is contingent on people working and acting together. Bat Kol’s variety of projects and programs upholds the value and belief that we are all responsible for one another’s well-being.

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Amy Tobin

The Hub

http://www.jccsf.org/thehub

The Hub at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco was established in 2001 to foster community through the arts, support the development of new works by Jewish artists, and explore the evolution of Jewish culture. As the founding artistic director, Amy helped bring positive Jewish identity to mainstream arts and culture. Today, the Hub supports and works as a programming partner for virtually all young adult programs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Rabbi Manny Viñas

El Centro de Estudios Judíos "Torat Emet"

www.centrojudio.org

Rabbi Viñas founded El Centro de Estudios Judíos “Torat Emet”, a Spanish-language Jewish education and spirituality center for Latin American Jews who live in the New York area, in response to a growing need among Latino Jews for a place to congregate, socialize and pray together in a way that reflected their cultural and linguistic background.

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