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 […]

$2 million in grants awarded to 8 L.A. groups

August 24, 2017  | Jewish Journal Dr. Lawrence D. Platt knows how hard it is to have a child in the military halfway around the world. Just ask him about his son Ari’s experience as a lone soldier, a member of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) serving without the nearby support of immediate families. “My […]

Tikkun Ha-Ir accepted into accelerator program

August 2, 2017  | Jewish Chronicle MILWAUKEE – Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee has been selected for support from UpStart, a San Francisco-based organization that seeks to advance innovative ideas that contribute to the growth and vitality of Jewish life. Tikkun Ha-Ir will participate in the UpStart “accelerator” program, which is supporting nine other Jewish organizations around the United […]

Makom Accelerating to Higher Ground in Center City

July 5, 2017  | Jewish Exponent Beverly Socher-Lerner trusts the process. No, not “the Process” Joel Embiid and the Sixers swear to that involves sinking to the bottom before building your way back up. The director of Makom Community, a Center City after-school program educating children ages 4 to 10 and their parents about how to […]

L.A. nonprofits awarded UpStart grants

June 29, 2017  | Jewish Journal Three Los Angeles nonprofit Jewish organizations — JQ International, The Open Temple and Pico Union Project — have won three-year grants from UpStart Accelerator, an organization that supports innovative and entrepreneurial programs designed to improve Jewish life. Each of the nonprofits, selected out of 92 applicants, will be given $5,000 […]

UpStart Accelerator Announces Tenth Cohort of Game-Changing, Innovative Jewish Organizations

June 19, 2017  | eJewish Philanthropy Who will be the next cohort of innovators to make their mark on Jewish life? The UpStart Accelerator – the Jewish community’s leading engine behind the success of innovative, early-stage organizations – just answered this question with the announcement of its tenth cohort of cutting-edge organizations. Selected from the […]