Meet the 2016-2018 Fellows!

After an exciting application and selection process, we are pleased to announce the 2016-2018 Fellows for the Dual Investment Program! We’re thrilled to welcome these two rising stars poised to set their community-changing ventures on a path of significant growth. The fellows – Jeff Kasowitz of The Jewish Studio Project and Rabbi Benay Lappe of […]

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JVG Fellow Releases New Album

Jeff Kasowitz of The Jewish Studio Project recently released a musical exploration into self, relationship and faith; a collection of interpretations through melody and arrangement; and a creative experiment fueled by collaborative inquiry and connection across difference. Listen to the full album here.

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JVG Board Member Named to Detroit’s 36 Under 36

JVG Board Member Adam Blanck was selected for Detroit Jewish News and The Well’s 36 Under 36 program. Adam was selected to be part of the inaugural group of go-getters, doers, philanthropists, activists, entrepreneurs and community organizers working to impact the Detroit Jewish community. Read the full announcement here.

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Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom announces Winners

Fifty years ago, an entrepreneurial Akron couple started a small foundation to carry out their commitment to and passion for tzedakah. Today, what Goldie and Jerry Lippman began in 1966 has become a philanthropic enterprise that involves multiple generations of their family. To mark this jubilee, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah launched a prize […]

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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

“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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