For seventeen aspiring entrepreneurs, a new journey is about to begin. In just four short weeks, the 4th cohort of fellows in PresenTense's flagship fellowship program will gather in Jerusalem to begin an intensive six-week boot-camp. Through hands-on sessions the participants will learn the practical skills of social start-up development - so necessary to launch their ventures into the world. The selection process for this summer's cohort was … [Read more...] about The PresenTense Summer Fellowship, Take 4
by Renee Rubin Ross, PhD It is a cliché in education, and in Jewish education as well, that we’d like to get parents more involved. We’d like to see more parents volunteering for our schools, more parents fundraising for our schools, more parents standing behind, and with, the important work that our schools are doing. But what factors actually contribute to parent involvement? I attempted to answer this question in my dissertation … [Read more...] about Parent Involvement or Parent Investment?
Lisa Lepson, the Executive Director of the Joshua Venture group, writes in her piece Where Yesterday Meets Tomorrow: "The Judaism that is evolving before our eyes isn’t really new or innovative. In fact, the whole concept of evolution is at the core of Judaism. What our social entrepreneurs are doing is making tradition relevant to us once more, fusing them with contemporary values and bestowing upon them new life. They are leading a vibrant … [Read more...] about Innovating to Preserve Tradition
Our Youth Perspectives in Philanthropy series continues with two more individuals from the JYPI 201 Teen Funders Group, as they discuss what philanthropy means to them. One thing that immediately stood out in both of the below essays, is the message of not only feeling and passion but also involvement and change. There is a blog post on Tactical Philanthropy that discusses the opportunity to balance both empathy and expectations while practicing … [Read more...] about Make an Impact by “Doing Good”
The Mike and Sofia Segal Family Foundation has given $60,000 to the Birthright Israel Foundation, moving an entire busload of applicants off the Manhattan waitlist and onto planes to Israel this summer. Through a dollar-for-dollar match, the one-time gift will enable Birthright Israel to send 40 Jewish young adults to Israel in a partnership with The Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Manhattan. "This gift is an example of committed … [Read more...] about A Family Gift Benefits Birthright Israel and Manhattan JCC