Grantees in the News

Camps Build Robots And Ruach

By The Jewish Week, May 28th, 2014

The Jewish WeekNext cohort of boutique camps luring new generation of sophisticated Jewish teens. When Josh Steinharter was growing up in mid-’80s Dayton, Ohio, he split his summers between baseball camp and Jewish camp. In July he would spend a week or two working on hitting and fielding. In August he would engage in “marathon” Shabbat song sessions, swimming and listening to baseball games with his bunkmates on the radio. Steinharter went on to run the youth sports and summer camp programs at the ...More

Reaching out to Jewish 20s and 30s

By Connecticut Jewish Ledger, May 22nd, 2014

Connecticut Jewish LedgerLast month, Jewish community professionals from around the Northeast gathered to discuss ways to more effectively engage young Jewish adults. Convened by the Birthright Israel Foundation, this was the first regional conference of the NEXTwork, hosted by NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel. NEXT was created as a follow-up to Birthright Israel, which has brought tens of thousands of young American (and other) Jews to Israel for an intensive bonding experience with ...More

Teens set for Sea Bright homecoming party

By New Jersey Jewish News, May 20th, 2014

New Jersey Jewish NewsA homecoming party on June 17 will mark the return of Desiree Pierce and her family to their house in Sea Bright 19 months after Superstorm Sandy. Teams of volunteers — including 45 “Sandy Teen Fellows” recruited by Jewish Federation of Monmouth County — helped restore the house at 19 New St., badly damaged in the October 2012 storm. Festivities slated for 5:30 in the afternoon at the Pierce home will be followed at 6:15 by a Sandy Teen Fellows Rising ...More

Young Jewish adults get aid as Seder hosts

By Columbus Dispatch, April 11th, 2014

columbus dispatchStacie Klein has much of the traditional fare for her Passover Seder meal: brisket, potato kugel, matzo-ball soup. But she’ll also offer a few nontraditional options, such as eggplant casserole for her vegan friends. Much as with the food, Klein will mix tradition with a contemporary approach when retelling the story that the Seder represents and celebrates: the Israelites’ liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. Klein, of Clintonville, plans to welcome about ...More

CJP, Jim Joseph Foundation Partner to Engage Jewish Teens

By Jewish Journal, April 10th, 2014

Jewish Journal MassachussetsBOSTON — Nationally, some 80% of today’s Jewish teens do not opt in to the Jewish experiences offered in their communities.

Because young people who engage in Jewish learning as teens tend to be more involved in Jewish life as adults, Combined Jewish Philanthropies hopes to improve that statistic through the launch of a four-year comprehensive initiative to engage teens in the Greater Boston Jewish community, with the support of a $1.4 million matching grant from ...More

Birthright initiative keeps seders on next gen’s tables

By Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, April 10th, 2014

LA Jewish JournalThis Passover, hundreds of young Birthright alumni will be hosting seders — many for the first time — thanks to an initiative from NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation. Adam Pollack, senior director of NEXT’s Western region, said the Passover project encourages young people to develop their own experiences and personal version of the holiday. In Los Angeles, a number of hosts in their 20s and 30s are participating this year. “They’re reinventing Passover rituals,” he said. “We ...More

Why Funding the Jewish Project You’ve Never Heard of is a Big Deal

By eJewishPhilanthropy, April 8th, 2014

E-Jewish-philanthropyby Daniel Bloom As a Jewish innovation enthusiast, and as a software engineer, it was with great excitement and surprise that I learned of the Jim Joseph Foundation awarding a $250,000 grant in support of the Sefaria project. Sefaria describes itself as “a living library of Jewish Texts and their interconnections, in Hebrew and in translation.” It offers a beautiful interface to open source Jewish texts, accompanied by parallel crowdsourced translations, and includes some works translated into English for the very first ...More

Israel is classroom for local preschool teacher

By New Jersey Jewish News, March 26th, 2014

Seminaries sponsor leadership training for young educatorsNew Jersey Jewish News
The preschoolers in teacher Danielle Hartwig’s class have been reaping the benefits of her recent trip to Israel. Throughout her travels — in the desert, up north, in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv — she sent a brief e-mail to them every day, with photos of “D,” her teddy bear, who accompanied her on the plane and to a number of the spots she visited. “I wanted to give them the sights, sounds, and view ...More

Birthright division helps young Jews host creative Passover seders

By JNS, March 25th, 2014

JNS( Hundreds of young American Jews will host imaginative and creative Passover seders with friends this year as a result of assistance from the NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel program. The program grants Birthright Israel alumni resources and funds designed to encourage them to create their own take on the traditional holiday's festive meal. Participants have until April 14 to register for the program, which has sponsored more than 1,000 Passover seders since 2011. "My colleagues really enjoyed learning about the ties between the ...More

For Preschool Teachers, An Israel Immersion

By The Jewish Week, March 18th, 2014

The Jewish WeekLesson from Israeli classrooms, where the stress is on ‘interdependence.' 
When Alana Weinberg toured Israeli preschools recently with a group of early childhood educators, she was struck by how differently the classrooms were run. First there was the student-teacher ratio — high, 12 to 15 kids for every instructor, compared to the 7- or 8-to-1 typical in the U.S. Then there was the teaching style: community-oriented and student-led. Take davening, for example: When it came time for prayers, the teacher sat ...More

The Greening Of Jewish Millennials

By The Jewish Week, March 14th, 2014

The Jewish WeekNew study finds experiential/environmental programs ignite Jewish interest for 18-34 set.
Immersive Jewish activities, like Hazon’s farming program, are reengaging millenials, a study finds. Courtesy of Hazon
When Nigel Savage was in his early 30s, he took a break from his job as a financial investment manager to study Jewish texts in Israel. This led to a Mediterranean-to-Sea-of-Galilee hike, then a three-week Jewish wilderness program and eventually, a move to New York, where he founded the Jewish environmental organization Hazon. Savage says ...More

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