KAHAL Completes the UpStart Accelerator


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.

KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad

KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad gives the tens of thousands of Jewish students studying abroad each year the resources and tools they need to meaningfully engage with the Jewish community. Their programs allow students to make connections and deepen their Jewish identity during one of the most important, meaningful, and enduring experiences of their lives.

Recently, KAHAL placed 617 students at more than 1,000 Passover Seders in 53 countries and 111 cities around the world this year.

Next year, KAHAL will look to scale its impact, nearly doubling the number of students reached. Together with the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, they will launch a robust Global Ambassador program which will deliver meaningful Jewish wisdom and experiences to more than 1800 students next year alone.

Want to support their work? In order to launch this ambitious Global Ambassador program, KAHAL will raise $50,000 in new funding before August. Financial support is highly appreciated at this pivotal time in KAHAL’s growth. Learn more about supporting their work across the globe here.

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