Jewish Start-Ups: LA’s Increasing Role

As we posted yesterday, the major findings of the 2008 Survey of New Jewish Organizations, the first-ever snap-shot of this dramatically growing sector, finds thriving, dynamic organizations at financial risk. “This study is just an initial snapshot, but it’s an important first step in understanding how these grassroots efforts that are transforming Jewish life are doing business,” says Felicia Herman of Natan.

The survey results will be formally presented at events in New York on February 17 and Los Angeles on February 19. The latter event marks one of the first times a national Jewish community study has been released in Los Angeles, signifying LA’s increasing role as a source of Jewish innovation and ideas. The implications of the survey’s findings will be discussed at a high-level Los Angeles round-table hosted by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Jumpstart, and Natan on Thursday, February 19. Federation President John R. Fishel will lead a discussion with Natan Executive Director Felicia Herman, Jumpstart CEO & Director of Research Shawn Landres, Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund Co-Chair Brian Appel, Righteous Persons Foundation Associate Director Rachel Levin, and Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles President & CEO Marvin Schotland.

“Many of these newer, smaller initiatives are particularly vulnerable in the current economy,” says Jumpstart CEO & Director of Research Shawn Landres. “We hope our findings will lead to targeted, strategic responses that sustain and encourage innovation.”

The event will be webstreamed live beginning at 8:30 am (PST) and will be available here.