A Wider Bridge is the pro-Israel organization that builds bridges between Israelis and LGBTQ North Americans and allies. Programming focuses on building personal connection, providing individuals and organizations, both in Israel and America, with opportunities for engagement, education and experience.
Come & Listen is a podcast that provides learning and stories for progressive Jewish listeners seeking engagement with meaningful thought and ideas.
Edah is an afterschool program that offers high quality Hebrew-infused Jewish experiential learning for children grades K through 5 and their families. Edah complements kids school experience; provides meaningful and joyful Jewish learning; and solves many logistical challenges for families. Edah, loosely translated as “community,” biblically refers to the group of Jewish people who join together to bear witness to God through collective commitment to Jewish traditions and customs.
Fair Trade Judaica promotes fair trade as a Jewish value through educating the Jewish community, and expanding the production, distribution, and sale of fair trade Judaica products.
G-dcast is a new media production company – our goal is to give every Jewish child and adult the chance to learn the basics with zero barriers to entry. No matter where you live or what you know, we have meaningful and fun Jewish learning for you online.
Hasidah helps to build Jewish families by raising awareness of infertility, connecting people experiencing infertility to the support they need, and reducing financial barriers to treatment.
The Institute for the Next Jewish Future is an education and idea center dedicated to accelerating bold innovation in Jewish life that brings about the discovery and emergence of more resonant forms of Jewish living for the 21st Century. The Institute brings together leading innovators (thinkers and practitioners) and engages them in study, research, and discussion, with the aim of synthesizing their ideas and practices and educating the next generation of Jewish innovators.
The Jewish Inclusion Project educates and inspires rabbinical students and rabbis regarding the obligation, need and methodology for leading the creation of inclusive synagogues and other communal organizations that will fully embrace the communal, social and religious needs of people with disabilities and their families. UpStart is working with The Jewish Inclusion Project to refine its core mission, values, strategic focus, and business and funding model in order to increase its capacity to achieve its important mission. This game-changing work in the area of including people with disabilities in the Jewish community is generously funded by the Ruderman Family Foundation.
Ketuv is committed to creating new opportunities for artists in the marketplace, with the ultimate goal of allowing artists to pursue their craft sustainably and with integrity. Ketuv is also committed to honoring the diversity of the Jewish people, as well as people influenced by the Jewish tradition.
Kevah‘s mission is to engage Jewish identity and build community through the study of classical Jewish texts. We enable adults to explore the spiritual and intellectual richness of the Jewish textual tradition in a comfortable setting. Regardless of one’s background knowledge or level of ritual observance, study of classical Jewish texts can facilitate personal growth, build Jewish community, add depth and nuance to Jewish communal policies, and improve interfaith relations. Kevah Groups build micro-communities, and empower adults to take ownership of their Jewish and spiritual lives.
The Kitchen is one part indie shabbat community, one part San Francisco experiment, and one part tool kit for DIY jewish practice. We’re building a connected, spiritually alive jewish generation and a new resonant approach to religious life in San Francisco. We believe that jewish religious practice can transform: It can change lives, make meaning, and invest people in the world. This transformation requires a living ecosystem of jewish experiences. We believe this ecosystem can be flexible in new ways without giving up on its impact.
Moishe House, a pluralistic international organization, provides meaningful Jewish experiences to young adults in their 20s. Our innovative model trains, supports and sponsors young Jewish leaders as they create vibrant home-based communities for themselves and their peers. Our approach has enabled the existing 60 houses worldwide to engage more than 65,000 attendees a year. From Shabbat dinners and Learning Retreats to book clubs and sporting events, residents find ways to connect their peers with community, wherever they are.
Remember Us: The Holocaust Bnai Mitzvah Project offers an invitation to children preparing for bar/bat mitzvah to connect with the memory of children lost in the Holocaust before they could be called to the Torah.
Urban Adamah is an educational farm and community center in Berkeley, California, that integrates the practices of Jewish tradition, sustainable agriculture, mindfulness and social action to build loving, just and sustainable communities. We provide educational programs and community celebrations for more than 5,000 visitors a year, as well as a residential fellowship program for young adults that combines organic farming, progressive Jewish living and social justice internships.
Wilderness Torah awakens and celebrates the earth-based traditions of Judaism to nourish the connections between self, community, earth, and Spirit. We revitalize Jewish life by reconnecting Jewish traditions to the cycles of nature. We facilitate individual spiritual growth, strengthen multi-generational community, and connect people to nature through land-based festivals, rites of passage, and sustainable life skills education. Our programs cultivate understanding of Judaism’s earth-based roots, inspire appreciation for Creation, and offer skills that empower participants to engage in Tikkun Olam (healing the world) by living sustainably in the modern world.
UpStarter Consulting Projects
Stephanie Smerling founded Yotzma: A Gap Year Program in Israel for recent high school graduates who are high functioning kids with special needs, giving them time to develop their strengths and life skills and preparing them to enter their freshman year of college or the workplace more focused and ready to learn.
Jewish Professionals Co-op Pilot Project: 2006-2008
The Friendship Circle pairs South Bay Jewish teen volunteers with local Jewish children coping with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities. Ezzy Schusterman, Executive Director
Jewish Gateways welcomes wandering or wondering Jews and non-Jews, singles, couples, and families, those in interfaith and multiracial relationships, Jews-by-Choice, adult children of interfaith families, members of the LGBT community, and people of color to help you explore Jewish choices and discover those that work for you. Rabbi Bridget Wynne, Founding Director
Jewish Milestones supports Jews in creating lifecycle rituals that are authentically Jewish and personally meaningful.
American Jewish World Service fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.
Institute for Jewish Spirituality nourishes the inner lives of Rabbis, cantors, educators, and lay leaders. IJS’s programs weave text study, meditation, prayer, yoga, and spiritual direction.
Jewish Mosaic (which since merged with Keshet) partners with Jewish organizations, communities, and individuals to include all Jews in communal life, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation develops and distributes effective educational materials about the Jewish partisans, bringing this celebration of heroic resistance against tyranny into educational and cultural organizations.
Progressive Jewish Alliance (which merged with Jewish funds for Justice to become Bend the Arc) educates, advocates, and organizes on issues of peace, equality, diversity and justice, as a progressive voice in the Jewish community and a Jewish voice in the progressive community.
The Curriculum Initiative (TCI) was the premiere organization providing Jewish resources, student leadership opportunities, and cultural programming on independent high school campuses.