About the Search

The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles is looking for the next big idea to help mobilize the Jewish community. To find it, we launched the search for the Next Big Jewish Idea, a unique opportunity for individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and organizations to submit their innovative ideas for programs that will strengthen and benefit the greater Los Angeles Jewish community.

The Federation will award up to $100,000 in funding and in-kind services to the individual or organization with the best idea, and help them turn it into a reality.

Search Timeline

  1. Submit your big idea. Search submissions will be accepted from January 10, 2011 until 11:59 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, on March 31, 2011.

  2. Spread the word. During the submission period, search participants can promote their ideas and the general public can vote for their favorites.

  3. Move on to the finals. The five ideas with the most votes by March 31, 2011, and the five ideas selected by a panel of judges, will advance to the final round of public voting.

  4. Vote for the best idea. A new round of voting for the ten finalists will start on May 2, 2011 and last until June 3, 2011.

  5. Cross your fingers. A panel of judges will utilize the vote tallies and a set of other criteria to select the Next Big Jewish Idea winner from the ten finalists.

Search Questions

What is a Big Jewish Idea?

All search submissions should incorporate one or more of The Jewish Federation’s three areas of work: caring for Jews in need, ensuring the Jewish future, and engaging in our community. The idea needs to have an element of “newness” to be approved for submission.

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How do I submit an idea?

Submitting your idea is easy. Just fill out this online form and we’ll send you the tools you need to promote your Big Jewish Idea.

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Who is eligible to submit an idea?

Any individual, nonprofit, organization or business can apply, though nonprofits, organizations and businesses must appoint an individual as their official representative. No more than one entry per individual, nonprofit, organization or business is allowed. Individuals must be 13 years of age or older to vote or submit an idea.

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Does an idea have to be from a Jewish individual or organization?

No. However, while any individual or organization is eligible to apply, the idea submitted must have a particular impact upon the Jewish community of Los Angeles.

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Does the individual or organization submitting need to reside in Los Angeles?

Ideas can come from anywhere in the world, but the idea must have a particular impact in the greater Los Angeles community. Los Angeles may serve as the testing ground for an idea that eventually may be scaled to other communities.

The winner of the Next Big Jewish Idea must be able to, or have an employee able to, live in or make frequent visits to Los Angeles in order to implement their winning idea. Inability to do so may result in disqualification.

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Who can vote?

Individuals over the age of 13 may vote by providing a valid email address. You may vote for multiple ideas but you may only vote once for each idea. Individuals who violate these rules (or any of the Official Guidelines) are subject to having their votes disqualified. Utilization of proxies, dummy email addresses, and bot/spam submissions are strictly prohibited.

The first phase of public voting begins on January 10, 2010 and ends on March 31, 2011. A fresh round of voting for the ten finalists will start on May 2, 2011 and last until June 3, 2011.

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How is the winner decided?

The winner will be decided in three phases:

  1. In the first round of voting, anyone can vote for any of the approved Big Jewish Ideas. The five ideas with the most votes, and the five ideas selected by a panel of judges, will advance to the final round.
  2. The public can then vote again for one of the ten finalists.
  3. A panel of judges will select the Next Big Jewish Idea winner from the ten finalists, utilizing vote totals as one of the selection criteria. Our judges are recognized leaders in various fields of expertise such as technology, social entrepreneurship, arts and culture, and the Jewish community. The winner will be announced at a live event by the president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Jay Sanderson.
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What will the winner receive?

The winner of the Next Big Jewish Idea will receive up to $100,000 in funding and in-kind support from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, which will go toward bringing their idea to life over the next few years. They will also get space and supplies at the Federation’s office to conduct their work. The Federation’s staff will be available for consultation and support to assist the winner, as necessary.

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What is The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles?

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is the hub of L.A.’s Jewish community.

With Jewish values at the heart of all we do, the Federation works to bring the community together to create a vibrant Jewish present — and guarantee a vibrant Jewish future. By leveraging our communal resources and the expertise of our local, national, and international partners, we are able to ensure the continuity of the Jewish people, care for Jews in need here in Los Angeles and abroad, support a secure State of Israel, and sustain vulnerable communities across the City of Los Angeles. In trying times, we strive to lead so that everyone may thrive.

We sponsored the Next Big Jewish Idea campaign to inspire new ideas to build upon our ongoing work: to care for Jews in need, ensure the Jewish future, and engage the Los Angeles community.

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