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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Eight For Eight: Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum Answers – How Long?


As part of the “Eight for Eight” series, JVG Alumna Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum reflects on “How Long?” “For as long as you’re in the sweet spot.” …The idea of a sweet spot for light is a powerful concept.  Oil was precious in the ancient world: to burn it only when the flame was visible and could […]

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Girls in Trouble: The personal impact of foundational stories with Alicia Jo Rabins


2014-2016 JVG Fellow Alicia Jo Rabins reflects on what inspired her to create The Complicated Lives of Biblical Women: “I’m particularly interested in how the present moment intersects with ancient traditions and wisdom,” she explains. “Where the most mundane aspects of daily life touch the more transcendent and spiritual aspects, and how they’re all related […]

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Women rabbis at forefront of pioneering prayer communities

JVG Alumna Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum is among the pioneering women rabbis highlighted in this JTA article: …20th-century American Judaism was defined in large part by building brick-and-mortar institutions. But the new rabbi-led communities are part of a 21st century spate of innovation outside the the established boundaries of Jewish institutional life. …[And] rabbi-led spiritual communities, […]

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Save the Date: The Collaboratory Returns in 2015


The Collaboratory is back. For the past two years, over 100 innovators and entrepreneurs from across North America and Israel have come together to build skills and connections to advance their work. The energy in the room is unlike anywhere else. You asked for more — more gatherings, more time together, more opportunities to learn from […]

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Kevah Receives $750K Expansion Grant; Lands Cover of j.


Kevah, founded and directed by JVG Alumna Sara Heitler Bamberger, recently announced receipt of a $750,000 grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation to expand its Jewish learning circle model to Denver and Boston over the next several years. On the heels of this incredible investment in Kevah’s growth, j. – the Jewish news weekly of Northern California – featured the […]

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The Buzz: 12 JVG’ers Among Community’s 50 Most Innovative Orgs


It’s been another huge year for JVG’ers! Slingshot recently shared its annual list of the Jewish community’s 50 most innovative organizations. We are proud to see so many JVG Alumni recognized for their continued groundbreaking contributions to Jewish life. JVG Alumni featured in the 2014-2015 Slingshot Guide include: Challah for Hunger (’10) G-dcast (’10) Kavana […]

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Tivnu Launches First Domestic Jewish Gap Year Program


The first Tivnu Gap Year has officially launched! JVG Alum Steve Eisenbach-Budner has done an incredible job to build out the program and to recruit nine pioneering participants for its very first cohort. Now a few weeks into the program, and ahead of Rosh Hashana, Steve recaps the experience so far – and what’s next […]

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Joshua Venture Group announces first all-female cohort: JTA

One gets Jewish teens and b’nai mitzvah students involved in community service work in urban Detroit. Another is working to improve online Jewish education options. And another is developing a unique curriculum based on women of the Bible. All of them are women. Our 2014-2016 Fellows are highlighted in JTA this week — a strong and […]

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