by Jaime Walman As we struggle to define community in the 21st century, there is a real sense of loss amongst those for whom JDub was a significant piece of their Jewish connection. For 50% of JDub’s participants, it was their only Jewish connection. I was JDub’s inaugural Director of Development, hired in August of 2007, with support from a Slingshot Fund grant. I worked there until May 2010, when I moved home to Toronto, Canada. During my … [Read more...] about Former JDub Professional Addresses Real Issues in Closing
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by Shoshana Boyd Gelfand “Funerals, while sad, are a celebration of a life and the impression that a single life has had on this earth. As such, there is such a thing as a good funeral.” I remember hearing this in my practical rabbinics class at the Jewish Theological Seminary as we were learning how to give a eulogy. These words have come back to me over the past few days as I have read various responses to the news that JDub Records is … [Read more...] about JDub is Dead: Long Live JDub
excerpted from Heeb Redesigns Website: JDub Folds. Coincidence? on jewlicious.com: Last week Heeb Magazine unveiled their newly redesigned Web site. Shortly thereafter, fellow Natan Grant recipients JDub Records announced that they were winding down for “financial reasons”. Coincidence? I don’t know… What I do know is that the response has been almost… mournful. I mean that literally. My twitter stream is full of expressions of sadness … [Read more...] about Heeb Redesigns Website: JDub Folds. Coincidence?
During the General Assembly of 2005, I heard a revolutionary idea during a panel discussion: that Jewish institutions should invest 10% of their annual budgets in new programs that can engage the younger set in their communities. The speaker: Aaron Bisman, founder of JDub records, and one of the brightest stars of my generation of committed community activists. Bisman's call made perfect sense to me: Jewish communal organizations are … [Read more...] about May JDub Be a Call to Action
by Jacob Ner-David Last week I had a packed Wednesday, starting off the day leading a Wexner Heritage Leadership group focused on the New Economy of Israel. OK, so the new economy is not so new, been around for almost 20 years, but what can I tell you, Americans are slow to pick up on these things. Anyway, talked to them for hours about entrepreneurship in Israel, start-ups, wealth creation, and more. To kick off the day I asked my friend Jon … [Read more...] about Broken Business Models in “Non-Profit” Start-ups; Case Study: JDub