Be part of the solutions

June 16, 2017  | Jewish Independent On June 2, approximately 90 Jewish young adults from the Greater Vancouver area gathered for Shabbat Dîner en Blanc at VanDusen Botanical Garden. People came dressed in their finest whites, enjoyed the gardens and mingled with new people. Although a wonderful opportunity to schmooze and unwind, the event had a […]

Seeing the Sounds: Internalizing Innovation

May 30, 2017  | eJewish Philanthropy By Maya Bernstein We are approaching the holiday of Shavuot, a time of re-commitment to keeping the Torah meaningful and relevant to our lives. There is a curious phrase in Exodus 20:14, which we read on the holiday to commemorate the Israelite’s experience of receiving the Torah at Sinai. […]

New UpStart Network is Start of New Phase in Jewish Innovation

May 24, 2017  | eJewish Philanthropy By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman The merger of UpStart, Joshua Venture Group, Bikurim and the U.S. programs of PresenTense “is a game-changer for the field of Jewish innovation,” says Ana Robbins, executive director of Jewish Kids Group, Atlanta’s independent Hebrew school. “So much of what is cool in our Jewish world […]

UpStart is Jim Joseph Foundation’s Featured Grantee

May 17, 2017  | Jim Joseph Foundation As it marks its 10-year anniversary and completes a landmark merger, UpStart embarks on its next phase to support communities advancing innovation in Jewish education and Jewish life. A coordinated group of funders is helping to elevate UpStart’s role as a national intermediary supporting Jewish innovation and serving as […]

UpStart honors founder on 10th anniversary

May 4, 2017 | The Jewish News of Northern California By Max A. Cherney When out-of-towners came to an UpStart Bay Area conference in years past, founder and CEO Toby Rubin would let them crash at her East Bay home. She was the kind of leader who, after her official responsibilities had concluded, would meet aspiring […]

The Collaboratory: a Diverse Community, a Network that Thrives

April 25, 2017 | eJewish Philanthropy by Emily Winograd During the Pesach season, it is customary to reflect on the blessing of freedom through the story of the Exodus. We live in an era when American Judaism is defined by freedom of choice and diversity of expression. The current conventional wisdom tells us that the availability […]

The Jewish Future Is Now

April 3, 2017 | Atlanta Jewish Times By Michael Jacobs The Collaboratory is the least known and hardest to explain of the recent rush of national Jewish organizations meeting in Atlanta, but it might be the most important for the future of American Jewry. The Collaboratory is where Jewish social entrepreneurs show great ideas about how […]

Interview With Aliza Mazor

March 5, 2017 | It’s Who You Know! The Podcast This podcast episode focuses on the merger between four Jewish innovation organizations, Bikkurim, Upstart, Joshua Venture Group, and the US programs for PresenTense as announced through E-Jewish Philanthropy. Listen here. Aliza Mazor is the Executive Director for Bikkurim: Advancing New Jewish Ideas, a joint project of Jewish […]