Visitors to the Lab & What Happens Next

A young man in the community who has planned Jewish programs for his peers, for young adults, has high energy and is genuinely interested in Jewish life walked into our Jewish Engagement Lab this week curious about what goes on there. As he entered the room, he was warm, enthusiastic, and made his way, introducing himself and mingling with regulars from the Lab and newcomers alike. Each time the Jewish Engagement Lab meets, 3-5 new people attend. 12-15 project founders network, share challenges, get advice and counsel and share the same. The… Read More

Data and “Jewish Urban Planning”

[The second post in The Nuts & Bolts of Jewish Entrepreneurship series] As Jewish innovators, when we pilot, we learn a lot about our community’s hopes and dreams as we build.  Though, ideally you’d know how many are in your target market, where they are and how to reach them, before you launch your program,  that’s not always the case. Every pilot we launch provides us with feedback and data that helps us program more successfully. In a sense, we are “Jewish Urban Planners” or trailblazers at the very least. But is that… Read More

Healthy Jewish Collaboration & Reciprocity

Jewish collaboration requires a courtship to understand synergies and opportunities, overcome pitfalls, and create mutually beneficial collaboration.  It’s about creating something new and great neither organization could do themselves. We reach new people, build different and better programming, or simply help nurture and support each other’s existence.  This kind of authentic collaboration is the Holy Grail of greater engagement of the Jewish people.  It’s what makes the difference in good to great, in rote vs. inspiring and it’s what feeds our Jewish soul and invigorates us. Jewish partners take risks, sharing their… Read More