Los Angeles Cohort
30 Years After
30 Years After - Los Angeles
Based: Los Angeles
Innovator: Shanel Melamed, Director
Primary Area of Focus: Advocacy & Awareness; Community Building
Primary Population Served: Emerging Adults; Young Adults; Adults
30 Years After asks: How might we build a better bridge between the Iranian-American Jewish community and the greater Jewish landscape, in order to build a stronger and more unified Jewish future?
Their Innovative Solution: Promote the civic, political, and Jewish communal participation and leadership of young Iranian-American Jews through a variety of socio-educational programs, including the only leadership-in-training fellowship for Iranian-American Jews.
Pico Union Project
Pico Union Project - Los Angeles
Based In: Los Angeles, California
Primary Innovator: Dr. Zach Lasker, Executive Director Bio
Primary Areas of Focus: Community Building
Primary Populations Served: Adults
Pico Union Project asks: How might we create new spaces for organized Jewish life for those that don't feel at home in traditional synagogues and settings?
Their innovative solution: To activate spirituality, arts, and activism as inroads to "loving your neighbor as you want to be loved."
The Open Temple
The Open Temple - Los Angeles
Based in: Los Angeles, California
Innovator: Rabbi Lori Shapiro, Founder and Artistic Director Bio
Primary Areas of Focus: Spirituality and Religion
Primary Populations Served: Children and Young Families
The Open Temple asks: How might we inspire individuals and families towards a life of Jewish curiosity, creativity and critical thought?
Their Innovative Solution: Revitalizing Jewish practice in surprising and creative ways, and providing both ritual and community “Happenings” for the densely emerging Jewish community in Venice, CA.