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.
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.
The New Jewish Filmmaking Project
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.
Kevah catalyzes and supports a grassroots Jewish learning movement that engages Jewish identity and builds community through the study of classical Jewish texts.
NewGround works to create a world in which trust and partnership replace the current atmosphere of mutual suspicion among Muslims and Jews.
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.
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.
Tamritz is a national learning network for Jewish day school students and teachers. Students participate in digital badge learning to collaborate, co-create and co-learn. At the heart of Tamritz’s learning network is the ability for learners to follow their passions beyond the classroom walls through challenge-based learning, multiple learning pathways, and learning across contexts.
Online Jewish Academy
Online Jewish Academy (OJA) strives to broaden the scope of Jewish education through innovative online, personalized, and collaborative educational programs. OJA meets the diverse, ever-evolving learning needs of Jewish students by connecting the promise of new educational technologies to values rooted in text, tradition, and humanity.
Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation
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.
Shoresh's Bela Farm
Currently in its early stages of development, Shoresh’s Bela Farm is a 115-acre rural center for sustainable, land-based Judaism in Hillsburgh, Ontario. Serving the Toronto Jewish community and surrounding areas, Bela Farm is a place to explore and strengthen Jewish roots through earth-based living and sustainable food production, guided by Jewish environmental and social ethics.
Tivnu: Building Justice
Tivnu: Building Justice empowers Jews to take an active role in addressing basic human needs, particularly shelter. Based in Portland, Oregon, Tivnu participants learn construction skills, build affordable housing and other essential projects, explore Jewish texts and history, and study contemporary socio-economic issues in order to provide a solid foundation for Jewish social justice work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jewish Meditation Center
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.
Rosh Pina will support Jewish institutions to become special needs certified by leading them through a year-long journey during which the institution engages in deep study on the board, clergy, lay leader and teacher level, and will include aspects of community building, program modification and development.
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.
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.
Bible Raps is an educational initiative that uses hip-hop music to breathe new life into the teaching of core Jewish texts.
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.
Jewish Farm School
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.
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.
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.
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.
Challah for Hunger
Challah for Hunger (CfH) bakes and sells challah bread to raise money and awareness for social justice causes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
El Centro de Estudios Judíos "Torat Emet"
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.