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 in Trouble curriculum, as each unit focuses on a different Biblical woman.

Challah for Hunger (’10):With about 4.5 million college students suffering from food-insecurity, Challah for Hunger has responded by launching The Campus Hunger Project to train college students about this critical campus issue.

Sharsheret (’03): Executive Director Elana Silber was invited to an international medical symposium working to change breast cancer testing around the world. Sharsheret, the only advocacy group in attendance, represented the patient’s voice in this important conversation.

Additional noteworthy updates include:


Mazel tov to BimBam (’10), Jewish Farm School (’10), and Keshet (’03), for their selection as 2016 Natan Fund grantees. Natan Fund supports entrepreneurial organizations that demonstrate an innovative approach to addressing the challenges facing Jews around the world.

Alicia Jo Rabins (’14) is currently the inaugural artist-in-residence in Portland State University’s Judaic Studies department, teaching a course entitled Arts and Jewish Experience: Exploring Diverse American Identities through Art.

Tivnu: Building Justice (’12) which recently welcomed its third cohort of gap year participants, was featured in Tablet for tackling the large question of what it means to bring a Jewish presence to a place where Jews are often overlooked and ignored.

Sarah Lefton (’10) was interviewed by the Judaism Unbound podcast about her Jewish journey and the evolution of BimBam.

Wilderness Torah (’10) welcomed over 50 participants for the Wilderness Torah Training Institute this past July. The group spent four days working together to integrate Judaism into nature-based experiences.

We are proud of the 12 JVG Alumni who were selected as semifinalists for the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom:


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