The “Lab”

Startup18 programs are designed to support independent Jewish and Israeli community builders offering activities that educate, build community and strengthen Jewish identity. Our door is open to Jewish innovators. We encourage you to take the first step. We will do everything we can to help you succeed.

The “Lab” provides a network for support, workshops, and peer review.  Fiscal sponsorship is available for those who need it. The Lab meets quarterly. Meetings are open to the community.

Apply to be a Lab Project
RSVP for a Lab Meeting

Fellowships offer Jewish community builders training and a community to learn with. Examples include a Jewish Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness fellowship for enthusiasts who are building a Jewish practice with training from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and a Teen Song Leader Fellowship offered in collaboration with Rich Recht’s Song Leader Boot Camp and the Jewish Teen Initiative to inspire the next generation of song leaders.

Apply for the Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness Fellowship
Apply for the Teen Song Leader Fellowship (coming soon)
Apply to be a host site for a Teen Song Leader Intern (for Jewish organizations)

Jewish Educator Awards offered in collaboration with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation to celebrate the work of innovative independent (i.e. not institution based) local educators.


Valuable resource, with ongoing encouragement and willingness to work one-on-one

I connected to an amazing group of Jewish innovators

I gained a better understanding of the local Jewish landscape

They have helped to introduce me to more of the Jewish community in San Diego

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