Taking an idea from seed to success means nurturing it every step of the way. Our Accelerators are longer-term, cohort-based programs for the most promising leaders and initiatives to grow their impact.
For entrepreneurs and early-stage ventures
— Ana Robbins, founder of Jewish Kids Group, Cohort 8 of the Venture Accelerator
Our community’s trailblazing rabbis, educators, and other leaders have invaluable knowledge of Jewish practice, text, and community…yet they often struggle with the business know-how and resources needed to take their organizations to the next level.
The Venture Accelerator provides a select cohort of the most promising Jewish ventures with the necessary training, connections, and funding to activate a plan for sustained growth and impact.
Over the course of 18-months, participants receive hands-on training on crucial areas of venture development. Each venture becomes a part of our trailblazing network, a diverse group of entrepreneurs, consultants, advisors, funders, and alumni. Participating ventures also gain access to a pool of unrestricted funding (up to $100K), which encourages them to experiment and maximize their growth and impact. These ventures will shape Jewish life for years to come.
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For institutions and their leaders
— Robyn Brenner, Cohort 1 Fellow, Change Accelerator in Chicago
Leading change in an environment that doesn’t seem ready for it can be lonely and frustrating. Individuals within larger organizations can face obstacles, lacking authority to test bold ideas, the skills to gain buy-in across teams, and the supportive network to make it happen.
In the established institutions that drive so much of Jewish life, leaders can play a pivotal role in moving the needle.
Change Accelerators bring together a select cohort to grow their impact as Jewish communal change agents. This intensive program equips participants with practical skills to identify and launch bold initiatives that meet their constituents’ evolving needs. As they shape their idea, they are supported by a community of peers, as well as expert coaches.
Participants develop the capacity to adapt promising ideas and spark culture change within their organizations.
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For representatives from specific sectors of Jewish life
— Shari Davis, former Director of Education for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Teen Initiative
To see the forest for the trees means taking a bird’s-eye view with others. Field Accelerators bring together leaders within a specific field of Jewish life, such as teen engagement or synagogue education, to lift up their field together.
As part of a cohort, participants identify bright spots and challenges in their field. They build their capacity as changemakers by developing lifelong, entrepreneurial tools. Most importantly, participants design impactful solutions to address the unique challenges within their organizations and the field.
Field Accelerators usually include a combination of workshops, coaching, and network-building activities.
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