Breaking News: JVG Announces Merger with Jewish Innovation Partners

Today we announced that Bikkurim, Joshua Venture Group, and UpStart are consolidating into a single organization – UpStart – to serve as the central resource for Jewish innovation. The newly envisioned UpStart will also include the current U.S.-based programs of PresenTense. You can see the official announcement here. This consolidation arose out of a shared […]

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Calling Jewish Social Entrepreneurs in Chicago — Apply Now!

Are you seeking to launch or grow a groundbreaking initiative to enrich Jewish life in Greater Chicago or Cook County? Apply now for funding and leadership development support to advance your work! Joshua Venture Group is pleased to announce the launch of the application process for the 2016-2018 Dual Investment Program — a one-of-a-kind opportunity […]

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The Buzz: JVG’ers Join Forces for Good

Ventures collaborate with institutional partners and with each other to expand their reach: Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy (’14) & Girls in Trouble (’14): Thanks to generous support from The Hadassah Foundation, LVJA will be implementing a new course on women’s leadership in the Bible for high school girls. Course content will build on the Girls […]

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JEIC Announces New Team Challenge


The Jewish Education Innovation Challenge has launched a new initiative aimed at revitalizing Jewish day schools through reintroducing the dynamic of beneficent experimentation. For the first time, HaKaveret: JEIC Team Challenge will convene a group of talented, creative and motivated individuals from around the country to form an innovation design team with a focus on […]

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When hip-hop elevates Jewish Education


“I am a Jewish educator. And like many educators I try to follow the mantra of ‘starting where the students are.’ That starting place could be surfing, animation, manicures, dance or Hip Hop. What I think is often overlooked with this type of pedagogy is that not all starting points are equal. Hip Hop, I […]

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Wilderness Torah Opens Pathway for Jewish Educators

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“From schlepping and setting up my tent, to fox walking barefoot in the forest, to playing games in nature with my tribe, to finding my sit spot in the woods and listening to the birds, to witnessing and creating fire, to sharing from the heart in tribe council, to singing, praying, offering blessings before eating […]

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Challah for Hunger Targets Campus Hunger


“Challah for Hunger has launched the Campus Hunger Project, a national advocacy and research effort targeting the problem of food insecurity on college campuses. In its first year, the project will train 80 student volunteers from 40 colleges to research food insecurity among college students and the responses of college administrators.” Read the full article […]

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Confronting Organizational Entropy


“Success happens when inspiration coexists with environments of structure, support and accountability. This is what Lisa Lepson and her Joshua Venture Group colleagues have taught today’s young leaders to strive toward. It is time we stop looking at these innovative young leaders with kind eyes that say “awww, isn’t that nice,” and start opening our […]

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Open to Possibility


From Project-Based Learning to purpose-driven work, Tikvah Wiener, JVG Fellow and co-founder/director of IDEASchools, discusses the values behind these things in her recent blog post for The Times of Israel. Read the full article here.

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