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:

JVG’ers featured in the 2016 Supplements include:


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Amichai Lau-Lavie (’03): The day before his official ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, Amichai Lau-Lavie was named as one of Forward‘s Most Inspiring Rabbis.

Matt Bar (’12): In November 2015, JVG Alumnus Matt Bar delivered an inspiring ELI Talk on Hip Hop and Judaism: Comparing Oral Traditions.

Alison Laichter (’10): Designed and facilitated by JVG Alumna Alison Laichter, Rekindle: A Shabbat Studio convened this winter. Using her skills as a community organizer, Alison organized this gathering for Shabbat innovators from around the world.

Nora Feldhusen (’14): After building PeerCorps Detroit from the ground up these past three years, Nora Feldhusen will head cross-country this summer to join the Coastal Roots Farm team, alongside JVG Alumnus Daron “Farmer D” Joffe, as its Program Manager.

Ari Weiss (’10): Mazal tov to Rabbi Ari Weiss, who assumes executive directorship of Cornell Hillel this summer!

Sarah Lefton (’10): With a new name to reflect the joy of learning, BimBam (formerly G-dcast) recently launched a new animated preschool series with an accompanying parent guide. Shaboom! teaches children 4-7 about different Jewish values and traditions.

Steve Eisenbach-Budner (’12): Tivnu: Building Justice was recently featured in Tablet Magazine for its efforts, as the first domestic Jewish gap year program, to build social justice in the Pacific Northwest.

Risa Alyson Cooper (’12): After several seasons of thoughtful planning and planting, Shoresh will celebrate officially setting down roots at Bela Farm – its 114-acre rural centre for sustainable, land-based Judaism – on Sunday, June 26th, Bela Farm’s grand opening. Kol Hakavod to Risa and the Shoresh team. We can’t wait to visit!

Tikvah Wiener (’14): In her April 2015 article in the Jewish Standard, co-Founder and Director of IDEA Schools Network Tikvah Wiener connects learning at a Passover seder to learning in a classroom as she explains the importance of adapting learning modalities to the people at the table.

Rochelle Shoretz a”h (’03): We encourage you to watch this beautiful and awe-inspiring video in remembrance of the incredible Rochelle Shoretz, JVG Alumna and board member. A year after her passing, we remember her legacy today and everyday.


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