Jewish life is evolving.
As the world rapidly changes, so do the diverse needs, interests, and values of modern Jews. Consequently, groundbreaking social entrepreneurs have taken on the mantle of widening the tent of Jewish life, offering new and unique approaches to meeting the spiritual and social needs of today’s community. They draw on our tradition’s intrinsic ability to shape contemporary expressions of Judaism’s enduring values.
In this new paradigm, LGBTQ Jews find belonging, Spanish-speaking Central and South Americans can engage in programming tailored for them, and the intellectually curious can steep themselves in Jewish text and tradition that nurtures their modern worldviews.
To make their greatest impact, these organizations partner with UpStart, a lab, launchpad, and support system for our community’s bravest leaders and boldest ideas. UpStart’s Accelerator program fuels promising entrepreneurial organizations with the tools, wisdom, and support they need to thrive and endure. As the latest cohort of graduates completes the Accelerator this June, we celebrate their work and impact in Jewish communities all around the world.
Jewish Enrichment Center
Based in Chicago, the Jewish Enrichment Center is reimagining Jewish learning for children. Rooted in empathy, text study, and creative expression, their curricula and programs aim to serve the whole child, while nurturing their abilities to create social change in a dynamic Judaism and in the world.
At the Jewish Enrichment Center, children develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to relate to a Judaism that grows as they grow. Children ask questions that matter to them. They dive into Jewish texts with peers and do creative, intensive projects that are changing beliefs about what Judaism is and what children are capable of.
This August, the center will host a 3-day workshop to teach the foundations of their approach to educational professionals. Having developed a wealth of educational tools and strategies that allow children to drive their own learning, they are now expanding to share their work with the broader community.
Want to support their work? Anyone interested in Jewish education is welcome to attend or sponsor the August workshop. Learn more about the Jewish Enrichment Center here.