Dust of Europe

Dust of Europe is a multimedia project whose goal is to reach out to and to inspire young members of the Jewish community to dig into their families’ history. Shakespeare said, “What is Past is Prologue.” History is not irrelevant. The documentary portion of the project follows me, a 29-year-old as I track the path of my great-grandfather, Joseph Kershner, as he journeyed from Burlington, Vermont back to Turysk, Ukraine to save family members. Tracking the exciting story has also been a personal journey that has helped me to discover how I can use my career to have a greater…

Haggadot.com

Passover is about freedom. But when it comes to the seder, many Jews are lost. The haggadah is a core artifact of freedom in Jewish identity. The versions of past and current haggadot illustrate incredible diversity in Jewish culture over the years. But some traditions get overlooked, while others may seem outdated, with no place for varied, individualized voices.

Today's Judaism demands that we value both personal narratives and the collective conversation. As the Jewish community struggles with participation, so does the publishing field. In our digital culture of immediacy, modularity and customization, consumers simply do not purchase full printed…

Jerusalem4ALL

Jerusalem4ALL is a collaborative, communities based international education, training, and research organization dedicated to promoting peace, security, freedom, and planetary well-being. The topography of Jerusalem inspired an ancient understanding of the holy city as the navel of the earth. We now envision an open Jerusalem as the capital city of the planet.

Jerusalem4All is dedicated to innovative, forward looking approaches to the future of the Jewish people in the current millennium. Peoples across the planet live in communities whether rural villages or villages within urban megalopolis centers such as Los Angeles, Paris or New York. In our era more women…

The Los Angeles Jewish Wellness Initiative

Six months ago there was a webinar on Dr. Daniel Amen's website. Pastor Rick Warren from the Saddleback Church was talking about a program that Drs. Amen, Oz and Hyman put together to lead the congregation into a decade of wellness. Though not a member of the church, I attended the launch of œThe Daniel Plan and along with almost 7000 attendees, pledged to ourselves and to G-d to lead a more healthful life. What is the premise of this program? Good nutrition, movement, quit smoking, moderate alcohol consumption, decrease stress¦nothing we don't already know.

But why will it be…

MAKING SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATION WORK

It's no secret that post- Bar/Bat Mitzvah Supplemental Jewish education is plagued by high drop-out rates. Unfortunately, the response by many supplemental programs has been to cut school hours and material from the curriculum. But with rising intermarriage rates and lower levels of education among many Jewish youth, attempts to keep students in the classroom by decreasing emphasis on education should strike many as troubling. It is for this reason that I propose the creation of a program in which Jewish high school students are given the opportunity to receive an intensive Jewish education by studying in classes taught by…

Jenerosity

Jenerosity is a giving circle of young Jewish adults who pool their resources and collectively decide where to distribute the resulting funds. Jenerosity will also include social and educational components that engage participants in their communities and increase members' understanding of philanthropy and community issues. Members of jenerosity giving circles will be asked to contribute $250 to the collective fund.

We hope to match their contributions dollar for dollar with grant. Any member can nominate Jewish 501-C3 organizations for the fund's consideration and each member has an equal vote in the final allocation decisions. The group will leverage proven giving…

Inner-City Outreach

As an educator in south Los Angeles, I am dismayed by my student 's lack of knowledge about cultures and experiences outside of their own community (this becomes glaringly obvious, particularly when it comes to winter celebrations). Many children in the inner-city lack hope that things can be better. I have a great deal of respect for the Jewish people tenacity, determination to succeed. These are qualities I want my students to see expressed in the lives others. And I want them to desire these qualities for themselves. I propose an after-school mentorship program taught by Jewish young adults for…

The King David Show

The King David Show allows kids to experience history as never before. Through comedic monologues, written and performed by Levi Welton and company, colourful props and thought provoking comedy, students and history buffs will encounter history through the eyes of those who created it. Following the performance, students can engage the character in a question-and-answer period. The "King David Show" is a one man performance about the life of the historic and famous King David. Through humor and on-stage props history "comes alive" and the audience learns about the life and stories of King David. Aimed at children, the show…

ELIEZER - Free Dating and connecting site for Jews

This self sustaining website will mainly do the matchmaker's job, by using a series of highly developed questionnaire sets, which will then create a very meticulous database that will provide the most adequate match based on similarity and mutual interests, belief system and preferences (cultural, social, political, etc.) It will be a NON-PROFIT site, developed by myself with the help of professionals I trust and are willing to help. The site will have other functionalities than romantic - it will help connecting people, there will be a genealogy section, a social networking section, an employment and job section, a community…

The Heritage Files

Jewish history is filled with thousands of stories of triumph, heartache, joy, sorrow, survival and despair. Spanning from biblical times to post-holocaust, our history is rich with life lessons and knowledge that served our forfathers and inspire us to this day. I propose a series of short films of purely Jewish historical events to inspire today's youth about the spirit and power of Judaism and the undeniable survival of the Jewish people. In a city containing the most disproportionate amount of Jewish directors, actors & producers, I have no doubt that many of these would gladly donate their services to…

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