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Slingshot Guide Recognizes Innovation at the Federation

Slingshot, A Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation, is an annual compilation of the most inspiring and innovative organizations, projects, and programs in the North American Jewish community today. First published in 2005, Slingshot continues to highlight those organizations in Jewish life with particular resonance among the next generation. Since its inception, Slingshot has highlighted 191 innovative Jewish organizations in North America. Read more

Announcing the Federation’s Inaugural Round of Innovation Fund Grantees

The Bay Area is a hotbed of innovation. It is a region of possibility and optimism where boundaries are pushed, paradigms shifted, and new ideas created that often change the world. The Bay Area Jewish community has always been an integral part of this culture of innovation and impact. Today the Jewish Community Federation is partnering with and investing in some of the most creative programs and organizations around which are inspiring and engaging the next generation in Jewish life. Read more

Announcing the recipient of the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Young Leadership

Each year we honor a recipient of the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Young Leadership. Recipients are consistent leaders in our Federation volunteer community, have great potential for future leadership, and are 40 years old or younger. Please join us in congratulating this year’s recipient, Brett Goldstein. Read more

Announcing the Grantees of the Young Funders IGI

The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund connects people of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives to the power we have as a Jewish community to improve the world.

The Young Funders Impact Grants Initiative (IGI) sought to fund innovative approaches to engaging young adults ages 21-29 in Jewish life.  The eighteen Federation donors and community members making up this committee spent seven months evaluating proposals/conducting site visits and ultimately, selected 6 programs (from an initial pool of 37 exceptional applicants) to fund.

The programs awarded funding represent emerging organizations with strong social entrepreneur leaders at the forefront of engaging young adults through new and innovative efforts:

          

CONGREGATION SHOMREI TORAH and JCC OF SONOMA COUNTY
CST & the JCC of Sonoma County have teamed up to create the Sonoma County 20’s Tribe. This group will provide social experiences, holiday events and Shabbat dinners for 20-somethings in Sonoma and connect these young adults to their Jewish community.

G-DCAST
Initiates young adults into the study and understanding of Jewish texts through the fun and important lenses of media literacy and animated filmmaking.  This grant will specifically fund Studio Pastrami, creating the next great G-dcast video on Judaism and food.

KEVAH
Hardly Strictly Torah is a Kevah group for Bay Area Jewish leaders in their twenties that fosters Jewish identity, deepens Jewish knowledge, and creates community for the next generation of Bay Area Jewish leaders.

OSHMAN FAMILY JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
Vinyasa, Kavanah & Vino is a program that will provide Jewish young adults with opportunities for Jewish yoga, havdallah and holiday services, as well as happy hours.

REBOOT
Provides experiences for young, Jewishly-interested adults through integrated programs that offer opportunities for engagement. This grant enabled them to bring the Six-Word Memoirs project to San Francisco.

WE ARE WHAT WE DO (HISTORYPIN)
Historypin: Memory Lane Project utilizes the tools of youth culture to encourage twenty-something’s to actively connect with, capture, and share the evolving Jewish history of the San Francisco Bay Area.

To learn more about the Young Funders IGI, contact David Katznelson at 415.512.6233 or DavidK@sfjcf.org.

This Sunday is Super Sunday!

Your Gift Supports New Ideas to
Strengthen the Jewish Future

Funding high-potential programs and organizations provides a high return on investment, namely, new generations who are engaged in the Jewish community. G-dcast, Moishe House and Kevah are just three examples of how innovative thinking can create more ways for more individuals and families to connect. Whether it’s increasing Jewish literacy through digital storytelling, exploring textual tradition through Torah study groups, or providing meaningful experiences for young adults in their 20s, it’s all about engaging more people in Jewish life. Your gift to the 2013 Annual Campaign makes it possible. That’s the power of community.

Give now to the 2013 Annual Campaign
 or
Answer the call on January 27, 2013
Register to volunteer at Super Sunday

An Interview with an Impact Grants Initiative Grant Maker

The Impact Grants Initiative (IGI) employs a high engagement and empowerment approach to grantmaking modeled on social venture philanthropy. We launched the IGI last year as a way to provide donor-participants with a “hands-on” way to make a real difference in our community by making high impact grants that focus on a pressing community need. Through the IGI approach we have provided innovative Jewish programs within traditional organizations or new nonprofits with the multi-year funding needed to be successful, as well as the type of nonfinancial support that helps them thrive. And ultimately, the grants awarded as a result of this new model help build a more vibrant, connected and enduring Jewish community. In fact, the IGI approach has proved so successful that we have launched another grant round for engaging young adults, another to engage our young Russian community, and incorporated it into our current Regional Impact effort in the South and North Peninsula, and will soon launch one focused on Israel. We spoke with Lois Wander, a participant from the first grant round to get her feedback on her experience:

Lois Wander, a first round IGI Initiative committee member

How has being part of the first IGI grant round changed how you approach philanthropy?

“I really appreciate the new approach to treat the grantees as ‘investments,’ a la the venture capitalist model. It allowed us to select grantees that were innovative and new, yet with a solid business plan to help mitigate risk. A large focus of our criteria was to support organizations that were scalable and serving a current need. I think we achieved that with our grantees.”

How have you been involved with the grantee since they received the grant? What has that experience been like for you?

“Yes, I along with Brett Goldstein serve as the liaisons for G-dCast, led by Sarah Lefton. Sarah is a real dynamic leader, with tons of enthusiasm and skills. We’ve met with her several times the past year to hear her progress, provide suggestions and resources. We’re excited to follow her progress.”

Do you think the IGI is a good approach for a more hands-on approach to grantmaking?

“Absolutely! I really enjoyed the process of designing the application and goals and assessing the applications. I always appreciate hearing other people’s opinions and the lively discussion that inevitably ensues when strong minded, passionate people come together. “

What about as a way to involve young adults with the Federation?

“I think it’s a great way to get young adults involved with the Federation. You learn a lot about philanthropy, including new approaches, and get to know some great people in the process.”

Year-one reveals promising results

The Impact Grants Initiative committee met to review the seven grantees’ progress to date and their second year plans. On the whole, the grantees have made tremendous strides in building their own capacity to engage more people in the Jewish community. For example, Kevah expanded its services from 250 to 420 participants, the Idelsohn Society engaged 25,000 visitors through its Tikva pop-up store, and the Russian Moishe House has attracted 745 participants through nearly 50 programs. Other organizations took a little longer to launch, but they expect to make great progress in their efforts by the end of 2012.

IGI reflects the Federation’s move towards more results-oriented grantmaking and better positions the organization to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future. This effort is funded by a $1,000,000 allocation from the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, which will be distributed over a three-year period.

For more information on IGI: please contact Adin C. Miller, Senior Director of Community Impact and Innovations.

Redrawing the People of the Book

Sarah Lefton, Executive Director of G-dcast

Sarah Lefton, Executive Director of G-dcast

Sarah Lefton has held some impressive titles – tech media producer, journalist, and entrepreneur are just a few. She was also named as one of the Forward 50 most influential Jews of 2009.

I heard a story from a friend that made me reply ‘Who knew that’s Jewish?’ said Sarah, “and that made me realize I could teach people things and start an interest in a learning adventure.”

That’s why since 2008, she and her crew of editors, animators, educators, and 55 diverse guest writers and narrators from across the globe have been working feverishly to restore credibility to the phrase The People of the Book. “Animation allows you to have fun because it’s playful,” she says.

Sarah’s goal is to raise basic Jewish literacy by introducing the building blocks that make Jewish life accessible. Her work has impacted everyone from kids to teachers, from secular to Hassidic, sometimes even people she wouldn’t expect to hear from.

To date, G-dcast has created 62 short films – all available for free on their website – based on Jewish texts that have been viewed nearly a million times on the web, social media networks and mobile devices. Their companion curricula are in use by over 3000 educators at institutions across the Jewish spectrum and around the world.

ABOUT G-DCAST: By making quirky and charming cartoons of our classic Jewish texts, G-dcast is animating today’s telling of the Torah. Their new division targets educators and parents of young teens by creating films explicitly for a young adult audience to encourage conversations about Jewish life. As an IGI recipient, G-dcast received a total of $150,000 from the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund which will be distributed over a three-year period.

Learning about Sukkot with G-dcast

Sukkot: Back to Basics

How to Build a Sukkah – Moishe House Rocks
Co-produced by G-dcast and Moishe House

The High Holidays are a time when we recommit to the shared Jewish values that connect us all. In order to successfully fulfill our mission of ensuring the Jewish future for our children and grandchildren, we need your ongoing involvement in the communal conversation. That’s why we’ll continue providing and sharing more community-wide opportunities for you to engage in Jewish life, and our Federation, throughout the year.

With the season here, we’re working around the clock to make sure you have the opportunity to participate within your Jewish community. Whether it be finding events on our community calendar or explaining the meaning of the holidays to your kids, we’re here to help you get involved.

Innovative storytelling

By making charming cartoons of our classic Jewish texts, G-dcast, an IGI recipient, is animating today’s telling of the Torah in an effort to encourage conversations about Jewish life. Since 2008, their crew of editors, animators, educators, and 55 diverse guest writers and narrators from across the globe have been working feverishly to restore credibility to the phrase “The People of the Book.”

To date, G-dcast has created 62 short films – all available for free on their website – based on Jewish texts that have been viewed nearly a million times on the web, social media networks and mobile devices. Their companion curricula are in use by over 3000 educators at institutions across the Jewish spectrum and around the world.

Kosher animals song

Have a hard time remembering which animals are kosher?  Lucky for you Dan Saks of Deleon and the Macaroons has written and sung a catchy tune about exactly that! 

Lucky for us, producer of this video Sarah Lefton will be hosting a talk at our upcoming FedFest One Hundred celebration on April 10, 2011 in San Francisco.  She will be discussing ways to bring Jewish moments into the home every day.  If you would like to hear her presentation, please register today.  The lecture is FREE to Federation donors.  Not a Federation donor? Please consider making a gift today.

Princess of Persia

G-dcast has released a great new video featuring Esther, the young woman at the middle of the famous Purim story.

Sarah Lefton, the creator of G-dcast, be at our upcoming FedFest One Hundred celebration, hosting a presentation called, “Igniting the Spark through Jewish Moments in Your Home.”  She will lead a group of innovative Jewish educators in showing parents how easy it is to bring Jewish moments into the home every day. This workshop will provide ideas, resources and practical tools.

If you are a Federation donor, we would like to invite you to FedFest One Hundred on April 10, 2011, where you can watch other G-dcast shorts, attend Lefton’s presentation, and meet other Jewish innovators.

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