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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JVG Announces New Partnership and Program


JVG is thrilled to announce the launch of a new initiative to reinvigorate the Jewish day school landscape in North America. Under the leadership of the Mayberg Family Foundation and with support from philanthropic partners Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah and Arnee R. and Walter A. Winshall and operational partner Joshua Venture Group, The […]

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Catalyzing Change at The Collaboratory 2016


Chicago Community Welcomes Largest Gathering Yet From May 15th-17th, over 200 innovators, activists, dreamers, and doers joined us in Chicago for the fourth annual Collaboratory. Coming from 15 states and 5 countries, this group came together to help create our largest gathering yet! Co-produced with Bikkurim, PresenTense, ROI Community, and UpStart, this year’s gathering focused on […]

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The Buzz: JVG’ers Among Most Innovative, Inspiring

11 JVG’ers Included in 2016 Annual Guide of Most Innovative Organizations In March 2016, Slingshot shared their annual list of the Jewish community’s 50 most innovative organizations. We are proud to see so many JVG Fellows and Alumni recognized for their continued groundbreaking contributions to Jewish life. JVG’ers featured in the 2016 Slingshot Guide include: […]

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Building Social Justice in the Pacific Northwest


“Eisenbach-Budner wants Tivnu to be “a strong Jewish voice in the world,” but for him what that means—and what it means for the teens who enroll in the program—is a complex matter. For him, the link between social justice and Jewish identity is very real. Jewishness, though, is hardly a straightforward proposition. Tivnu places equal […]

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