Sukkot: Building Justice and shelters from the storm

Tivnu article

“If you turned Steve into a nonprofit, Tivnu is what it would look like. Jewish — check. Youth-oriented — check. Social action — check. Construction work — check.” JVG Alum Steve Eisenbach-Budner envisioned a partnership between the Jewish community and other communities to work together to make a better world for all. This concept has […]

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Fall Job Opportunities

Inclusion Coach @ Rosh Pina: Rosh Pina is looking for a creative professional with strong organizational, interpersonal, programming, and communications skills, and with a background in Special Education, to serve as a part time (10-20 hours a month) Inclusion Coach. Rosh Pina is a private, not-for-profit organization – led by JVG Alumna Elana Naftalin-Kelman – […]

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The Buzz: JVG’ers Kick Off New Program Year with Impressive Communal Accolades

Six JVG’ers were recognized for their impactful and innovative missions. Our colleagues at the Natan Fund recently announced the recipients of their most recent grant cycle. Six JVG alumni were selected as top Jewish and Israeli social innovation organizations for 2015-2016: Challah for Hunger (’10) G-dcast (’10) Jewish Farm School (’10) Keshet (’03) Kevah (’12) […]

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An investment in social entrepreneurs yields real value


Our Dual Investment Program has supported 38 social entrepreneurs and their visions for more just, vibrant, and inclusive Jewish communities. Nearly 15 years later, these investments continue to yield real value for our alumni, for their ventures, and for the individuals and communities their work has touched. Our alumni are pioneers – they are trailblazers […]

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Balancing tradition and innovation: JVG Fellows journey to Detroit


For the 2014-2016 Fellows’ second cohort retreat, we convened in Detroit, MI, from June 21-24. Why Detroit, you may ask? Not only is one of our fellows, Nora Feldhusen, living and working to effect change in the city of Detroit, but we were also drawn to the dream of a city reimagined and to the […]

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July 2015 Job Opportunities

Chief Program Officer @ UpStart: The Chief Program Officer (CPO) will serve as a key member of the UpStart executive team. In collaboration with the CEO and the Board of Directors, the CPO will articulate and implement the strategic vision and leadership of the agency, oversee the operations of all programs and services, and evaluate […]

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The Buzz: JVG’ers make national headlines


Our fellows and alumni have been featured in several local and national publications in 2015: PeerCorps Detroit (’14): Current JVG Fellow Nora Feldhusen was profiled for her transformative work in the local community in My Jewish Detroit. Sharsheret (’03): Family, friends, and community members celebrated the life and legacy of Rochelle Shoretz a”h at her […]

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The Collaboratory continues to break new ground

In February 2015, 133 innovators from 14 states and 7 countries across 5 continents gathered at the Leichtag Ranch in Encinitas, CA, for The Collaboratory — an intensive 24 hours of building connections, honing skills, and exploring the potential for collaboration. The Collaboratory was founded by five partner organizations – Bikkurim, Joshua Venture Group, PresenTense, […]

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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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