Women rabbis are forging a path outside denominational Judaism

JVG is proud to have Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum among our 32 extraordinary alumni. This Washington Post article explores the emergence of “indie synagogues” and trailblazers like Rachel who enable Jewish life to flourish in meaningful and relevant ways. Read the full article here.

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Community takes Passover tradition back to the desert wilderness

“It’s Passover and as is traditional, many Jews are eating matzo for the week. But in Southern California, …Wilderness Torah is not only reflecting on the Passover story but going into the desert to relive part of it.” If you’ve never experienced a Wilderness Torah festival, NPR provides a glimpse into the spiritual and communal connections […]

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Why fund innovation?

Our incredible partners at Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah share why investment in JVG and our collaborative work with Bikkurim, PresenTense, ROI Community, and UpStart is a critical piece of their portfolio in eJewishPhilanthropy. Read the full article here. For more information about this collaborative effort, read about The Collaboratory.

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Making Room on the Bench for Students with Disabilities


JVG Fellow Dana Keil (’14) has implemented a thriving inclusion model at the Luria Academy of Brooklyn, and now she’s providing counsel to other Jewish community schools in the New York area to explore the possibilities at their own schools. “I asked my son if anyone treats the kids with special needs differently, and he said, ‘why […]

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Can Digital Badges Save Hebrew School?


Digital badges. Micro-credentialing. Gamification. JVG Alumna Sarah Blattner founded Tamritz to empower Jewish day schools to embrace 21st-century learning techniques as a means of creating more engaged and interconnected educators and students. For those who have implemented digital badging in their own classrooms, they are already seeing the benefits: “What I can count on with the Tamritz […]

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JVG Welcomes New Board Leadership, Members


Leadership transitions: Over the past six years, JVG has benefitted from the wisdom and guidance of our re-launch chair, Alan Cohen. Alan concluded his board service in December 2014, and we thank him for his invaluable contributions to helping to move JVG to a place of great strength. We also want to acknowledge the tremendous […]

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Opportunities Roundup: January 2015

Local Funding and Training for Grassroots Initiatives U.S. – National: Applications are now available for the 2015 UpStart National Accelerator. The Accelerator is open to entrepreneurs creating innovative experiences in Jewish life. Its goal is to accelerate the development and implementation of your vision, build needed infrastructure, attain fiscal sustainability, adapt to shifting needs and […]

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JVG Alum Sam Ball’s Citizen Film Receives Covenant Signature Grant


A hearty mazal tov to JVG Alum Sam Ball and Citizen Film, recipients of a 2015 Covenant Foundation Signature Grant of $150,000 over three years to partner with Columbia University’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies to develop and cultivate a network of professors and graduate students using digital storytelling and other emerging media to inspire […]

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Smart Partnerships, Wise Investments


The world of Jewish social innovation has matured and so, too, have we. JVG ED Lisa Lepson talks smart partnerships and wise investments in eJewishPhilanthropy. Read the full article here.

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