$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 […]

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 […]