Joshua Avedon and Shawn Landres writing in The Jewish Journal: Let's Bring Innovation Into the Fold Los Angeles is home to more than 25 startups launched in the past 10 years, part of a growing national wave of Jewish innovation... The shifting landscape of Los Angeles is a microcosm of the Jewish future. L.A.’s Jewish community is a diffuse, non-hierarchical and self-organizing patchwork of networks and communities, each serving the … [Read more...] about LA Innovators Seek a Community Who Works Together
When we talk about innovation, what do we mean? A groundswell is building around the importance of innovation in Jewish life, much as a consensus grew around the need for “change” in the course of 2008 U.S. presidential campaign. But “change” means different things to different people, and so does innovation. First, there’s the question of generations. As a practical matter, Jewish innovation is understood by a number of funders to mean the … [Read more...] about Integrating Innovation Into The Jewish Ecosystem
by Haviv Rettig Gur I read Seth Cohen’s ruminations on innovation with great interest. I share many of his concerns and I was happy to be given the chance to respond. I cannot speak to the measurements of innovation or the business-modeling of sustainability, because I do not understand these issues. But I can offer a warning from the sidelines about a world of innovation that stands the risk of mistaking its structure for its … [Read more...] about New Teachings
Innovation is the hot topic in the Jewish world these days and so there is no better time to point you to two articles from the current issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service. On the Value and Values of Social Entrepreneurship by Yoni Gordis Philanthropists play a key role in encouraging and supporting new developments that keep the Jewish community vibrant and relevant. Where they choose to focus their resources can make the … [Read more...] about Is Innovation a Driver in Jewish Engagement?
Over a century ago, the Jewish Publication Society was formed to "provide the children of Jewish immigrants to America with books about their heritage in the language of the New World." During it's long life-cycle, the JPS became the standard bearer for Jewish wisdom literature, its most popular item - and cash cow - being the JPS Tanakh, the Bible many if not most young Jews in America received when they were given the Good Book. Recently, … [Read more...] about How Can the Organized Community Best Take Advantage of Social Innovation?