by Rena Dorph, Ph.D. Parent’s e-mail message: “This is all surprisingly more emotional for all of us than I could have imagined. For myself and each other parent that I've talked to, the topic of Jewish education really tugs at our heart strings and it's hard to feel like we can do right by our kids and our pocket books and our commitments to school and other activities. ooph. I haven't heard about any families where the kids are driving the … [Read more...] about Being “Just Like Camp” is Not Enough: Renewing Jewish Learning Afterschool
Meet the newest UpStarters: Come & Listen Come and Listen is a radio show/podcast that offers provocative insights and interviews of emerging Jewish thought leaders on topics of general interest to young adults. The "secret sauce" is the dialogue between the co-founders, sisters Hannah Kapnik Ashar and Alyssa Kapnik, delivered in a kind of Car Talk meets This American Life way. Rosh Pina Elana Naftalin-Kelman's project is Rosh Pina, … [Read more...] about Three New Organizations Join the UpStarter Program
As a "sector-within-a-sector," the Jewish innovation space must work together if we are to achieve maximal impact. Important conversations about growth, sustainability, and impact cannot take place exclusively behind the closed-doors of boardrooms or within the four walls of any one organization. by No'a Gorlin, Lisa Lepson, Aliza Mazor, Toby Rubin, Jenny Kibrit Smith, Justin Rosen Smolen and Naomi Korb Weiss Business experts tell us that … [Read more...] about What Does Collaboration Look Like?
by Rabbi Ed Harwitz and Maya Bernstein Like the secular world, the organized Jewish community today has a bit of a crush on entrepreneurs. In a recent New York Times Magazine article, Nathaniel Richm quotes Paul Buchheit, a partner at Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley based incubator searching for the next founders of a billion-dollar company: “If there’s going to be another Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and anyone can be Sergey and Larry, then … [Read more...] about Radical Collaboration – A Work in Progress: The Day School Collaboration Network
In order to genuinely learn about the needs and experiences of others, we must put aside our own assumptions, agendas, and even passions. In order to truly listen to the other, we must be willing to admit that perhaps we do not know the things about which we are so certain, so confident. by Maya Bernstein The Talmud, in tractate Megillah 7b states the following: “Rava said: A person is obligated to get drunk on Purim so that he cannot … [Read more...] about Returning to Not Knowing