This article originally appeared in Pardes Institute's Havruta Magazine.
Four years ago, Sara Heitler Bamberger met with four friends asking, "How come more young adults in the Bay Area don't learn Torah?" From these meetings Kevah, an organization which supports a grassroots Jewish learning movement, was born.
The Joshua Venture Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reinvigorating and expanding the Jewish community through building the capacity of young ventures and their leadership, announced that Sara Heitler Bamberger, Executive Director of Kevah, and seven other social entrepreneurs in North America, will each receive more than $100,000 in grants and organizational development support as Fellows of its 2012-14 Dual Investment Program.
Each Fellow will receive $80,000 in unrestricted funding and over $20,000 in personalized coaching, training and networking, which equip them to realize their visions to transform the Jewish landscape. JVG’s Dual Investment Program is designed to bolster the emergence of the Jewish innovation sector, which reflects the collective desire of Jews from all backgrounds to re-envision their own Jewish communities.
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 173 innovative Jewish organizations in North America.
We're delighted that Kevah is part of George Altshuler's search for independent and communal, spirtitual and religious Judaism.
This column originally appeared in the JWeekly, and is written by George Altshuler.
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Upon awarding Kevah with the great honor of a grant, the Jim Joseph Foundation said this, "Through its pluralistic network of self-organized Torah study groups, Kevah already empowers individuals to take ownership of their Jewish and spiritual lives by creating their own micro-communities. Kevah study groups, such as 'Peninsula Russian Young Adults', Kevah is also helping to create tomorrow’s innovative Jewish educators."
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The most difficult challenge I’ve ever undertaken was studying Talmud. I say “studying” like it was a college course on Derrida or Russian, both of which I found significantly easier. At least they have punctuation.
I took a Talmud class 20 years ago in Jerusalem. We met three times a week and, in a year, we got through 10 pages. It’s that hard.
On the sixth floor of an office building in San Francisco’s Financial District, in a boardroom at the back of a bright, spacious office, Rabbi Noa Kushner is doing something most people don’t generally think of rabbis doing: asking for guidance.
“You talk, I’ll type,” a consultant from UpStart Bay Area says to her. “Looking ahead six months, what are your main goals?”
You can’t walk 10 feet these days without bumping into the Talmud. This summer, San Francisco–based G-dcast held a weeklong animation workshop for college students responding to Talmud stories. At the same time, East Bay residents Dan Fendel and Sheldon Schaffer completed a rigorous, 71⁄2-year Talmud-page-a-day study marathon — the first in East Bay history. And this fall, Lehrhaus Judaica and Kevah have partnered to offer 12 cohorts of Talmud study throughout the Bay Area, double the number they offered last year.
This level of Talmud study would have surprised and delighted Rabbi David Stolper, who in 1926 became principal of the Central Hebrew School of the Jewish Educational Society. The legendary Lithuanian-born educator helped change the region’s culture of traditional Jewish learning from a chaotic and underfunded venture into a more organized and inspiring voyage.
Founders of two local Jewish nonprofits will receive $100,000 over the next two years from the Joshua Venture Group.
They are among eight Jewish social entrepreneurs nationwide who have been named fellows in the latest cohort of the Joshua Venture Group’s 2012 Dual Investment program. Each fellow will receive $80,000 in funding for their organizations and more than $20,000 toward personalized coaching, training and networking.