The Slingshot Guide

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About the Guide

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 more than 250 innovative Jewish organizations in North America. The Slingshot resource guide is distributed to 7,500 funders, foundation professionals, federation executives, and not-for-profit leaders annually, in addition to tens of thousands of online downloads. Slingshot is read at family foundation board tables, in classrooms, at Thanksgiving dinners, and thousands of other places. If you have an innovative use for Slingshot, we’d love to hear about it.

Slingshot 2017

The 2017 Slingshot Guide features a number of new and exciting changes, outlined below. After 12 years of highlighting innovation in an ever-changing community, we wanted to ensure that The Slingshot Guide reflected the realities of the Jewish innovation eco-system as they exist today. Slingshot 2017 highlights some of the most innovative programming in our community, organizations that are uniquely poised to meet today’s needs. We see true leadership and groundbreaking work in the Jewish social justice movement, the LGBTQ community, organizations working in the Jewish Outdoor, Food and Environmental Education movement, and in radically inclusive spiritual communities that are seeking connection and solidarity with other minorities. These are the areas that help us create, support, and sustain community, and they are critical components of Jewish life. Now more than ever we highlight them with pride and excitement, understanding the role these programs play in our community in new ways. We celebrate them also for how important they are for the current and future health of our community and our world.

New This Year:

  1. Definition of Innovation: This year at Slingshot we adopted a new definition of innovation, understanding it is a mode of operating, of finding new ways to create impact. We recognize innovative organizations and programs as those that are able to act efficiently, adapt to current demands in the community, and create new models for achieving positive outcomes.
  2. Focus on Organizational Life-Cycle Stage: We introduced life-cycle stages into our process, overhauling our application and evaluation methodology for 2017 with recognition that the field has expanded beyond a one-size-fits-all approach. We examined what innovation looks like from start-ups to mezzanine and legacy institutions. Learn more about our methodology HERE

Congratulations to the organizations and projects selected for the 2017 Slingshot Guide and those selected for this year’s two regional specific editions. Organizations and projects featured across all three guides are listed below in alphabetical order 

National Edition
70 Faces Media

Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
BimBam
Boy to Mentsch (A Project of Jewish Women International)
Challah for Hunger
Coastal Roots Farm
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Don’t Kvetch, Organize! (A Project of JOIN for Justice)
Eden Village Camp
Footsteps
Gateways: Access to Jewish Education
Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life
Hazon
Hidden Sparks (A Project of the George Rohr Foundation)
Honeymoon Israel
IKAR
jBaby Chicago (A Project of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago)
Jenerator (A Project of The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties)
Jewish Kids Groups
The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance
Judaism Your Way
Keshet
Lab/Shul
Leading Edge
Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy (A Project of The Lookstein Center)
Luria Academy of Brooklyn
Matan
Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Paula Brody & Family Education Center
Mishkan Chicago
Moishe House
OneTable
Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning
Partners in Prevention (A Project of Beit T’suvah)
Persian Pride @ JQ International 
PJ Library (A Project of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation)
Project Zug (A Project of Mechon Hadar)
Sefaria
Shalom Task Force
Sharsheret
Shoresh’s Community-Supported Beekeeping Initiative (A Project of Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs)
Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center
Sixth & I
SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva
theatre dybbuk
Tivnu Gap Year (A Project of Tivnu: Building Justice)
Urban Adamah
The Well
Wilderness Torah
Yeshivat Maharat
YidLife Crisis

Bay Area Edition
At The Well

Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
BimBam
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Grow Justice: Fight Hunger (A Project of Peninsula Jewish Community Center)
Honeymoon Israel
InterfaithFamily
Jenerator
Jewish Film Institute’s Online Initiatives
Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation
The Jewish Studio Project
Jewish Youth for Community Action
JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa
JLens Investor Network
Keshet
Kevah
Moishe House
OneTable
Reboot
Shalom Bayit
Urban Adamah
Wilderness Torah

Los Angeles Edition
30 Years After

Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
Challah for Hunger
Eshel
ETTA
Honeymoon Israel
IKAR
InterfaithFamily
Jewish Divorce Assistance Center of Los Angeles (JDAC)
KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad
The Miracle Project (A Project of Project Miracle)
Moishe House
Moving Traditions
Netiya
NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change (A Project of Community Partners)
NuRoots (A Project of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles)
Open Temple
Partners in Prevention
Persian Pride @ JQ International
Reboot
The Righteous Conversations Project (A Project of Remember Us)
The Sanctuary @ Pico Union Project (A Project of the Pico Union Project)
Sharsheret
Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center
theatre dybbuk
YidLife Crisis

 

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