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 Kids Groups
Jewish Kids Groups (JKG) is a reimagined, reinvented, and ridiculously cool Hebrew School. With an educational model that aims to make Hebrew School fun again, Jewish Kids Groups has grown into an independent network of five Jewish supplementary schools that educate and inspire children, engendering joyful Jewish identity, learning, and friendships.
The JKG Afterschool Community is their landmark program and educational model, combining the services of a premium after school care program with a hands-on, experiential Jewish and Hebrew curriculum. It’s just like summer camp, every day after school.
Within the next year, they are taking what they’ve learned in building their once a week Sunday program, JKG Sunday, and extending it to the JKG Afterschool Community expansion project. Over the next five years, they intend to follow in the footsteps of Moishe House and One Table in partnering with communities and philanthropists to extend their winning formula for Jewish engagement to families in cities across America.
Want to support their work? JKG is looking for philanthropists who care about Jewish education and want to invest in a new model that serves busy families’ after school childcare needs. Learn more here.