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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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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