Major new teen initiative launches in Bay Area

May 18, 2018  |  J-Weekly, The Jewish News of Northern California In the early 1990s, Debra Sagan Massey was a young adult working as a youth director at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, and Mike Friedman was one of her teen charges. Today, 25 years later, Massey and Friedman are all grown up, […]


Sharing the Impact of PresenTense Colorado-UpStart

May 6, 2018  |  eJewish Philanthropy By Lisa Farber Miller and Jeff Tiell My participation in PresenTense Colorado has had a large impact on my Jewish identity. Before, I had little idea of any engagement for Jewish teens outside of my synagogue, and the only other Jewish kids I knew were from my B’nai Mitzvah class. […]

Denver and Boulder Teens Initiative receives New Funding

March 13, 2018  |  eJewish Philanthropy The multi-faceted Denver/Boulder Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative (Initiative) is involving more teens in Jewish life, offering them new programs they find relevant, and helping them develop leadership skills – says a new evaluation on the Initiative. The Initiative, funded by Rose Community Foundation, with additional funding from […]

Bay Area Federation launches multi-year $7.6m Teen Initiative

March 15, 2018  |  eJewish Philanthropy The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties (the Federation) has launched its Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative, a five-year, $7.6 million endeavor. The Initiative was designed with 1:1 match funding by the Jim Joseph Foundation, in the context of the national Jewish […]

Hackathon, Jewish Style

December 29, 2017   |  The Covenant Foundation Tamir Barzilai is beta-testing an app so people with dietary restrictions can find restaurants in Vancouver offering dishes free of taboo ingredients. So far, the app has 500 subscribers, has earned extensive media coverage, and will soon go wider in Vancouver, and to other cities in Canada and the […]

Disruptive Collaboration

November 8, 2017  |  eJewish Philanthropy By Maya Bernstein In 2008, Sarah Lefton realized that the majority of the hip, young, Bay Area Jews she knew sorely lacked a basic knowledge of Jewish stories, characters, and practices. She also realized that they turned to their devices, rather than to books or classes, to get information. So, […]

Co-Designing Our Interfaith Wedding

October 2, 2017  |  Oy!Chicago How my atheist husband and I used Design Thinking to plan our big day By Lisette Zaid, UpStart’s Chicago Design Strategist Photo Credit: Benjamin J. Gonzales On July 22, 2017, I did the one thing I never imagined possible. I married someone who is not Jewish. This revelation may seem a bit […]