Amplifier Introduces the Jewish Giving Circle Incubator Participants

Incubator SubbrandAmplifier is excited to announce the 37 stellar community-builders who will participate in this year’s Jewish Giving Circle Incubator. The Incubator will support these participants as they start brand-new giving circles and act on their visions to create change through giving.

This year’s cohort hails from across North America and represents a multitude of communities, philanthropic interests, and organizations. Starting in October, they will spend eight months launching new giving circles inspired by Jewish values, building tightly-knit communities of empowered, educated, and inspired givers.

Meet our participants below, and learn why they are starting giving circles:

  • Alli Lesovoy, Brooklyn, NY; Repair the World
  • Amanda Levine, New York, NY
  • Angie Lieber, Brooklyn, NY; Hannah Senesh Community Day School
  • Ari Lucas, Los Angeles, CA; Temple Beth Am
  • Ashley Harrington, San Diego, CA; Jewish Family Service of San Diego
  • Boris Varshavsky, Toronto, ON; Limmud FSU Canada
  • Danielle Minson, Cincinnati OH; Jewish Federation of Cincinnati
  • David Chapman, New York, NY; New Israel Fund
  • Eden Banarie, North Hollywood, CA
  • Eli Massel, New York, NY; Birthright Israel Foundation
  • Erica Aren, San Francisco, CA
  • Gail Mandel, Portland, OR; Oregon Jewish Community Foundation
  • Hillel Buechler, New York, NY; The Ramah Camping Movement
  • Jennifer Kryshka, West Palm Beach, FL; The Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches
  • Jenny Smith, Port Washington, NY
  • Jessica Mehlman, Whippany, NJ; Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ
  • Jessica Katz, Royal Oak, MI; The Well
  • Joanne Van Ness Menashe, Portland, OR; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
  • Julie Tepperman, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Kendra Shore, Denver, CO; Rose Community Foundation
  • Lauren Stark, Englewood, NJ
  • Lindsay Kriger, New York, NY; Shabbat Social
  • Lom Friedman , San Francisco, CA; Jewish Teen Foundations
  • Michael Littenberg-Brown, New York, NY
  • Michele Schipper, Jackson, MS; Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life
  • Michelle Nathanson, Los Gatos, CA; Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley
  • Mindy Schachtman, New York, NY; JCC Manhattan
  • Nathaniel Moldoff, New York, NY
  • Rebecca Ennen, Washington, DC; Jews United for Justice
  • Ryan Eisenman, Atlanta, GA
  • Sarah Kornhauser, Denver, CO
  • Sarah Langer, Somerville, MA; Moishe Kavod House
  • Scott Hayman, Kirkland, WA
  • Seffi Kogen, New York, NY
  • Shari Edelstein, Louisville, CO; Olive Branch Giving Circles
  • Tracy Newman, Agawam, MA; PJ Library / Harold Grinspoon Foundation
  • Yoash Dvir, Bronx, NY

If you have any questions about the Incubator program, Amplifier, or Jewish giving circles, reach out to us at We’d love to hear from you.

Amplifier: The Jewish Giving Circle Movement is a new global initiative to strengthen and significantly expand the field of giving circles inspired by Jewish values. Amplifier is powered by Natan and is funded in its pilot stage by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.