By H. Glenn Rosenkrantz Tamir Barzilai is beta-testing an app so people with dietary restrictions can find restaurants in Vancouver offering dishes free of taboo ingredients. So far, the app has 500 subscribers, has earned extensive media coverage, and will soon go wider in Vancouver, and to other cities in Canada and the United States if all goes according to plan. Barzilai, 23, is embracing purposeful product development to address a real … [Read more...] about Hackathon, Jewish Style
By Bree Kessler Programs where Jewish teens learn the “Jewish response” to social issues like hunger or homelessness are far from new. In fact, I can remember clearly as a youth at Hillel Day School in suburban Detroit the multiple field trips I made to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger as a way for us students to understand the distinction between Jews helping Jews and Jews helping non-Jews - but in a Jewish way. This lesson was further … [Read more...] about Can you Teach a Teen to be a Jewish Social Innovator?
When UpStart first designed their merger with Bikkurim, Joshua Venture Group and the NA programs of PresenTense, they believed in the cumulative power of innovators - the dreamers, builders, and risk-takers opening up new pathways to community and to our tradition. This just released map illustrates a slice of this vibrant and diverse network. … [Read more...] about The UpStart Network Map
The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) has awarded $2 million in grants to eight new local Jewish initiatives focused on innovation. This year’s Cutting Edge Grant recipients include a program engaging Jewish teens in providing literacy and enrichment opportunities to youth from underserved communities, support for L.A. families of lone soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and volunteer training for Jewish … [Read more...] about Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Awards $2m. in Cutting Edge Grants
By Stefanie Rhodes and Simone Szalmuk-Singer One of us is a Jewish professional from New York and the other, a lay leader from Melbourne. We are both Schusterman Fellows and over the course of an intense two weeks we forged a connection that highlights the potential of international collaboration in Jewish innovation. To be sure, we are at the beginning of exploring all that we have to learn from one another, but during our initial travels … [Read more...] about Jewish Innovation in International Collaboration