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
JDub has done it right. They’ve delivered impact. Diversified their revenue base. Enacted their mission and driven toward their vision. Made a huge, positive change in Jewish cultural life. From this perspective, we can look at JDub’s short life and say: "mission accomplished." Where the mission was not accomplished, though, was in JDub's ability to create a strategic business plan and organizational structure to continue to do its inspiring … [Read more...] about Response to JDub Closing
by Ruthie Warshenbrot I was surprised and disappointed to hear of the recent closing of one of the Jewish community’s darling innovative organizations, JDub. I have great respect for my colleague Aaron Bisman, and have enjoyed watching JDub’s growth and reach over the past almost-decade of its existence. This big news makes me wonder how the organized Jewish community will react. I suspect that JDub’s closing will result in a flurry of … [Read more...] about What Will the Jewish Community Do?
by Sarah Kass Today’s eJewish Philanthropy reports JDub is closing up shop despite a 9 year history of innovation and success. The reason? Financial pressures. The article notes that “among the reasons stated for closing are [an] ‘aging out of the cohort of Jewish “start-ups,”’ and rightly suggests this is a “troubling thought to those of us familiar with the exciting and expanding world of Jewish innovation.” JDub - an incubator for … [Read more...] about Will We Be Builders and Not Just Buyers?