Whether you’re interested in innovations in applied Jewish wisdom happening in organizations similar to your own, intrigued by practical ways that applied Jewish wisdom can happen successfully, or curious about potential partners – we are pleased to profile our 2016 Semi-finalists, whose programs you may explore using the search tools below.
Our 6 Prize Winners have been announced! Click here for details.
The 14th Street Y is an open, welcoming, vibrant Jewish community center located in the heart of the East Village.
Teens are provoked, and then coached to find Jewish texts that imbue new meaning to the things they are most passionate about.
24/6: A Jewish Theater Company is a home for Sabbath observant artists. We are committed to innovative theater grounded in Jewish tradition.
June 2017 marks fifty years since the 1967 war. Diaspora Jews will join Israelis & Palestinians for Six Days of Jewish Nonviolence.
8th Night Passover Seder for all Jews and loved ones. New theme & freedom journey each year #crossingtheseawithJYW
Cultivates soil and soul to produce food, transform identity and gather a community changing the world through vibrant, evolving Judaism.
The ASB Service-Learning Fellowship introduces Jewish wisdom as a lens through which we explore identity and personal responsibility.
Rap LP of tefilot, created virtually by students, using Bible Raps’ methodology and Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy’s platform.
Ask Big Questions Jewish conversation guides: Empowering learning and reflection, awakening Jewish wisdom, and renewing Jewish citizenship
At The Well promotes Jewish women’s health and spirituality by creating curricula and community for monthly in-home Rosh Chodesh meetings.
Innovative experience for upper-elementary children teaching Torah values and life skills in a supportive after-school environment.
Ayeka for 2 - A DIY module of spiritual growth for 2 friends, with texts, reflective writing, directed sharing, & post-session applications.
To bring Soulful Education to more schools and organizations, Ayeka needs to expand its senior educational staff.
B’naiture, a ground-breaking two-year rite of passage journey for pre-teens, integrates Jewish wisdom, nature connection, and mentorship.
BBYO changes the game by training teen leaders & staff to deliver quality creative programs w/ deep Jewish content #JEI #TLA #GameChangers
Beneath the Surface adds empowerment and experiential learning to Bat Mitzvah so it becomes an entry into Jewish life rather than an exit.
Beyond the Huppah provides tools to solidify a strong partnership and explore different ways of creating a Jewish home.
A weekend experience for Jewish 20s and 30s from DC looking for alternative ways to understand, and connect to, their Jewish identity.
Virtual Bible Raps Workshops recreate the power & impact of our in-person workshops, virtually, using WiFi, a smartphone and digital video.
Inspiring summer programs that challenge young Jewish creatives and change-makers to discover themselves, their passions, and their power
BJE Impact inspires Jewish youth to engage in meaningful service opportunities that combine action, Jewish learning, and identity building.
Our Melton School promotes a sophisticated understanding of Judaism through sequential study of Jewish sources in a welcoming environment.
Mikvah....old school or in style? Bodies of Water introduces ritual immersion as a tool for positive body image from a Jewish perspective.
Creating a culture that rejects get refusal—a form of domestic abuse—and educating & advocating for women in the Jewish divorce process
The Boston Jewish Food Conference is an annual opportunity for Jews of all backgrounds to share knowledge & build bonds across experiences.
Bridging the Gap unifies young NYC Jews by bringing diverse students together to build community and craft their own Jewish journeys.
Camp Twelve Trails is a new concept day camp that holistically integrates Jewish content while fostering 21st Century Skills and character.
Career Up inspires Jewish relevancy for emerging professionals (18-26 year olds) through their interests in career, travel and social good.
CJJ's monthly email news and social media combine news events in NC with Jewish wisdom to engage the community in public policy.
CJJ West builds relations with the Black community through friendships, support of Black owned businesses, and advocacy for social justice.
ChaiVillageLA is a synagogue-based, self-governing village that enables members to age-in-place while enriching each other’s lives.
Our recipe 4 applying Jewish wisdom: Take thousands of volunteers, mix challah baking, community & giving, finish with activism & leadership
Clergy Camp is four days of intensive continuing education for ordained field practitioners, comprised of study, practice and reflection.
Cleveland Yentas aspires to grow and strengthen Jewish Cleveland by matching Jewish singles in and affiliated with Greater Cleveland.
We seed new ideas around sustainable farming and Jewish life; we grow healthy food; and we share the harvest with our local community.
The Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Internship at CBST disseminates the values and practices of LGBTQ Yiddishkeit throughout the U.S.
For 49 days we focus our attention on aligning our mind, body and spirit so we can live with greater clarity and bring forth goodness.
Reinvigorating Jewish life through song – using music to make Jewish communities more dynamic and compelling.
Timely topics. Expert speakers. Small group text breakouts. Poetry, Torah, rap lyrics, Talmud, news clips, Maimonides. Judaism is relevant.
We’re a cooperative media lab, helping Jews share their wisdom through design & online video.
Dare to Prepare, a yearlong series of creative learning workshops, explores the question, How can the upcoming Jewish holiday transform me?
An independent, pluralistic, affordable Jewish day camp providing an experience that achieves many of the same results as overnight camp.
Building a progressive voice in the metro Detroit Jewish community and our Jewish voice in the progressive community.
Our program is a journey of self-discovery and inclusion bridging team building, giving, and community in a massively powerful experience.
Psalms with accessible translations help us navigate the fullness of life and meet each encounter with gratitude, awareness and grace.
Don’t Kvetch, Organize!: JOIN for Justice’s online course teaches leaders nationally how to mobilize Jewish communities for justice.
Tawonga brings joyous Judaism down from the mountaintop of summer camp and into the lives of pre-camp kids and their families year round.
EBI empowers professionals to create healthy communities by educating professionals on addiction, prevention, recovery and family systems.
Embodied Jewish Learning offers alternative points of entry to Jewish life via classes, retreats and trainings in body-based text study.
An experiential, movement-based training program in embodying Judaism in four key areas: prayer, Torah, kabbalah, and life cycle.
Encounter is a non-partisan educational organization galvanizing constructive Jewish leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Use your voice for change. Discover your American and Jewish identities by experiencing history, politics & activism on an Etgar 36 journey.
Fast for Feast feeds the hungry by restoring the custom of donating the dollars saved from fasting, thereby transforming a fast into feast.
Musical, magical, meaningful, & multigenerational Shabbat experiences: kid- & elder-accessible services held in an assisted living facility.
Reclaiming tzedakah as “just-giving"—practicing social justice, sustainability and spirituality through our Jewish cycles of release
beautiful indie-folk songs about the complicated lives of women in Torah (including live performance, albums, teaching, & curriculum)
Your way home for Shabbat & beyond: like JDate for families, we help you come & eat & celebrate together. Welcome & you will be welcomed.
Ever wanted a Jewish Farmers Almanac? Try the Torah! Pearlstone takes Jewish tradition off the page and plants it into living soil.
Moving Traditions helps teens grow into healthy, Jewishly-connected adults by applying Jewish wisdom to teens’ lives.
Providing unique, culturally-sensitive training to position women to launch or grow businesses and achieve economic self-sufficiency.
Fostering self-sufficiency among New Yorkers in need through interest-free lending, drawing on Jewish tradition to meet current needs.
Hello Mazel is a box of Jewish goods & guides curated by a team of experts & sent 4 times/year to Jews and the “Jew-curious” world-wide.
Hevria is building a new kind of Jewish community: one that values creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. And we're starting online.
Hidden Sparks helps children with learning differences reach their potential by increasing understanding for teaching to diverse learners.
Free, outdoor, High Holy Day services where Jews and loved ones explore Judaism through a lens of inclusion. Engaging, accessible, lovely.
Shishi-Israeli is an inclusive, cultural, community event which unites Israeli and Jewish Americans.
iLimud is Jewish education that is created for teens preparing them for the future and inspires them to explore Jewish adulthood.
JLens ignites the conversation in the Jewish community on impact investing through a Jewish lens.
A global community bringing together Jewish values and the power of business to repair our world.
Interfaith couples & families: you’ve got questions? We’ve got answers. InterfaithFamily.com is your place to explore Jewish life
We create the Jewish people at every moment. Kol yisrael areivim ze la’ze for our generation: awareness, connection, responsibility.
JCAN works with Jewish institutions and individuals to form a distinctly Jewish understanding of and response to climate disruption.
What is your Jewish dream, observation or vision? Inspired by TED talks, JDOV invites speakers to give “the Jewish talk of their life.”
JewBelong.com is an online community that provides fun, easy, meaningful Jewish content in a uniquely welcoming voice to a diverse audience.
Jewcology.org provides an online home for the Jewish environmental movement.
Our tradition inspires rabbis and Jewish communities to end mass incarceration & police violence in U.S. @truahrabbis teaches how.
Jewish community members will explore traditional Jewish texts to engage in respectful dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Jewish Enrichment Center is an independent Sunday/Afterschool where children are powerful co-creators of Jewish life.
JFJ enhances the ability of parents of young children to transmit Judaism at home, and creates friendships and connections to the temple.
The JGSI Fellowship engages grad students in Jewish learning and connects them to Jewish leaders and nonprofits in the wider community.
We teach the philosophy and methodology of Jewish Montessori for replication across the country, suited to the needs of each community.
JNLI, a six-month course for Jewish communal professionals in Cincinnati, teaches leadership through the lens of Jewish text and philosophy.
Jewish Parent Academy provides a high caliber, intensive, non-denominational Jewish adult education for Russian-speaking Jewish parents.
Utilizing Jewish culture, history, politics, and language to better understand and strengthen marginalized communities around the globe.
Hundreds of programs. Thousands of teens. Millions of dollars. JTFN works to strengthen and grows the field of Jewish teen philanthropy.
The JVL has more than 25,000 entries on every subject from anti-Semitism to Zionism and reaches nearly 1 million visitors per month.
Shabbat In A Box - Turn Friday night into a themed Shabbat party with friends, family and grape juice.
JWLC affords 120 college-aged women the opportunity to explore Jewish female leadership at a time critical in their identity formation.
Inspire a woman, you inspire a family. Inspire enough families, you inspire a community. Inspire enough communities, you change the world.
JIAH supports Jews of diverse backgrounds and empowers individuals & communities to create welcoming Jewish spaces.
Engaging families with young children in Jewish life, learning, and community. jkidphilly is for families just like yours!
JLI Teens is an innovative program that encourages teens to take a pro-active role and make a difference in their communities.
Free Jewish rock music for YOU and YOU and YOU! Sounds like camp/youth group/Israel to me #JewishMusicForAll
The most accurate, comprehensive, affordable, accessible Jewish Genetic Disease screening in the world. Spit. Mail. Results. Counseling.
JTeach.org provides content-rich tools for Jewish educators to inspire their students to make their lives Jewish lives.
An online idea center that inspires and empowers "regular Jews" to remix and rebuild Judaism in ways that work for them.
Netiya develops garden based food programs on faith-based institutions’ land to support local community and foster food sovereignty.
JustCity is a transformative pre-college program, training students in the fundamentals of Jewish change leadership.
Teens are charged with understanding social injustices through integration of research, guided Jewish learning and direct service.
The Kevah Groups Program is an educational model that brings the spirit of the classical Beit Midrash into living rooms and friend circles.
Give a student a free Kindle. Invite them to choose books to read. Discuss them within a diverse community. Watch magic happen.
Monthly kosher cooking club honors the memories of Jewish women in the Holocaust by cooking their family recipes and sharing their stories.
Lab/Shul Rebrands the Sacred for the 21st century - DIY, god-optional, empowering and everybody-friendly approaches to ritual and liturgy.
LaHaV provides content, technology, and training to schools and educators across the world in order to bring Jewish learning to life.
Let My People Vote brings the riches of Judaism to the needs of humanity by enlisting voters to make a difference in shaping the world.
Building community and providing support for LGBTQ ultra-Orthodox single parents going through divorce and child custody battles.
Like Buzzfeed, humorous interpretations of Torah, and ways to apply such wisdom to better one’s life (“life hack”).
Livnot U'Lehibanot is dedicated to making Tu B'Shvat an internationally celebrated Jewish life cycle event.
An online school that connects students to substantive Jewish texts, values, and ideas, while supporting local Jewish school growth.
A leader in the interfaith inclusion movement, the Love and Religion workshop has guided Jewish interfaith couples for 20 years.
A challenging outward bound camp program that molds Jewish teens into thoughtful, motivated and resilient community leaders.
Jewish heritage comes alive for 4th-9th graders in a camp culture where everyone matters. That’s the allure of Camp Stone.
Maimonides Better Together students & seniors share & grow together; students actualize their study & seniors share their life experiences
Scientific framework and taxonomy of character help re-frame Jewish wisdom to be accessible, relevant, and transformational.
Did you know? Every portion of the Torah contains a message of inclusion. Matan shares that message every week. Click. Read. Learn. Share.
Ability. Disability. Humanity. They coexist, and so do we. We are all created B’tzelem Elohim, in God’s image. Sign the pledge.
The majority of our visitors never get wet! Our education center has pioneered experiential programs about mikveh and Jewish ritual.
Connect each person to the teachings of Tradition, to God, & one to another. Weave the presence of each person into the communal tapestry.
Through MEOR Poland, Jewish college students grapple with the Holocaust alongside Jewish sources focused on morality and ethics.
MEOR NYU Maimonides engages college students in dialogue with their ancient texts and heritage.
Through 2-3 weeks of study in Israel MEOR Vision inspires college students to develop personal visions that will drive their Jewish futures.
The Jewish Artists' Lab is a community of professional Jewish artists studying together, exploring the richness of being a Jewish artist.
MoEd Community is Hebrew afterschool for the next generation--joyful Jewish learning that kids are eager to attend.
Moment’s senior discussion groups reflect on life’s learnings. Program content blends life experience and Moment features.
Training Jews to support other Jewish seekers to deepen & integrate their spiritual experiences, Jewish learning & practices in their lives
People of all ages from around the world submitted original essays applying a concept from Judaism to solve a contemporary challenge.
In a global Jewish community, increasingly marked by acrimony and divergence, the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship fosters thoughtful connection.
Nishmah’s Women’s Shabbat retreat offers a unique Shabbat experience for women of different generations, phases of life and affiliations
Banot Buddies engages 2nd-4th grade girls in experiential, values-based activities that look at “girlhood” issues through a Jewish lens.
No Shame On U is dedicated to ending mental health stigma, raising awareness and saving lives in the Jewish community and beyond.
A national model for keeping teens engaged in Jewish learning and living by expanding access to programs that put Jewish values into action.
The Northeast Teen Collective is an ambitious initiative focused on youth engagement and leadership development throughout the Northeast.
The Soul Center is a spiritual start-up, powered by Judaism. Mindfulness, healing and rejuvenation programs will enhance our busy lives.
The NYC Accelerator equips Jewish entrepreneurs with the network, tools, & skills to launch social impact ventures & transform communities
OHDS Middot Learning builds on core Jewish values to develop a deeper awareness of self, respect for other and responsibility for our world.
OneTable empowers Jewish young adults to build community by creating their own authentic Shabbat dinners, leading to a lifelong practice.
Open Tent Bar/Bat Mitzvah: creative education and customized ceremonies for Jewish coming of age. #celebrate Jewish spirituality your way
Transformational Jewish meditation retreats and workshops on 3 continents, teaching concrete techniques for deepening one’s life.
Orot opens up innovative entry points to Jewish wisdom and empowers all Jews to take hold of Judaism and bring it into their everyday lives.
Building community, providing support, and promoting inclusion for LGBTQ Jews and their families in the Orthodox community.
Building a more inclusive Orthodox community through LGBTQ safe space training for student leaders on college campuses.
PRSSP applies centuries of Jewish wisdom to teach day school students how to constructively engage in and resolve conflicts in their lives.
Parents come together to find community and learn from Jewish sources of wisdom.
Passport to Peoplehood links Jewish wisdom and traditions around the world to contemporary values of diversity and inclusion.
Jewish Wellness is the intersection of wellness with Jewish wisdom and practices, promoting Shleimut - wholeness of body, mind, and spirit.
Abundance Farm is a Jewish food justice farm, outdoor classroom and community building space inspired by Jewish values and tradition,
PresenTense Colorado empowers Jewish teens to develop entrepreneurial skills and core Jewish values to make an impact in the present tense.
Profiles in Courage is an exploration of moral courage within Jewish and Christian traditions, focusing on those who resisted the Holocaust.
Modern technology, ancient texts. Havruta (1-on-1 partner learning) builds meaningful relationships between Jews around the world.
Bringing the Jewish community out of the walls of its institutions through programs in public spaces because that's where people are.
ISJL's 2 staff rabbis + great volunteer rabbis travel to bring Torah and Jewish life to Jewish people, no matter how small their community
Rechov Mitzvot takes Kivun first graders outside of the classroom to learn Jewish values and Mitzvot in our Upper West Side neighborhood.
Creating a Jewish community of service: empowering young Jews to connect the pursuit of social justice to their expression of Jewishness.
Tribesters meet monthly at a temporary residential facility for a Jewish learning and, subsequently, volunteer with children, birth to 12.
Because camp is only the beginning: learning and connection for Ramah and YJ alumni and friends, wherever they are in life’s journey.
Can nonprofits accept money from crooks? Can you bend the rules for the sake of community? Jewish wisdom applied to real life questions....
Ritualwell is a website for finding, creating and sharing new and traditional rituals to enhance daily life and Jewish connection.
The Rosh Chodesh group utilizes the Jewish calendar to celebrate womanhood, build community and understand our unique selves
How Low-Background Jewish College Students Learned to Tackle Torah and Cement Their Place in the Jewish Narrative
Honoring the poor and protecting the earth through Jewish traditions of simple, natural burial
Jews love science -- often more than they love Judaism. So how can science help create new connections to Judaism and spirituality?
Slifka Center’s Seders To Go enables college students to create their own Jewish memories and practice Jewish wisdom with their peers.
Infusing Israeli innovation into a diverse community of life long learners.
Selah is a transformative leadership experience for leaders seeking to build a more powerful Jewish social justice movement.
A Jewish Deli in Tulsa, OK, the 17th St. Deli is a hub for community, culture and one fantastic sandwich. Old world flavors + Oklahoma made.
Shabbat has since time immemorial strengthened the Jewish people. SHABAM harnesses Shabbat to create vibrant Jewish life.
Ready to fix the world? The magic begins with Shaboom! - an animated Jewish kids’ series from BimBam. For kids 4-7 and their grown-ups.
Preparing children to lead meaningful Jewish lives by bringing a pluralistic, Jewish values-based education to synagogues and families.
Expands awareness of the Sabbatical tradition, bringing its values to life to support a healthier, more sustainable Jewish community/world.
Reviving the traditions of Jewish homesteading by teaching practical skills of sustainability rooted in the rhythms of the Hebrew calendar.
Sichat Rabbanim: individualized programs of intellectual, spiritual, personal and professional growth and mentoring for rabbis.
An inclusive, participatory 35-week workshop designed to create a kehillah kedoshah for today’s diverse Jewish community.
Songleader Boot Camp creates immersive & inspirational Jewish leadership programs for clergy, educators, & songleaders from all over the US.
Through a lens of ancient & contemporary Jewish wisdom, Start Me Up! fellows acquire the skills & funding to launch new Jewish organizations
Startup18's social venture lab and accelerator supports Jewish entrepreneurs in San Diego founding appealing ways to “do Jewish”.
Maven Method: Judaism’s oldest sacred storytelling tool, adapted to translate Judaic wisdom into current, accessible modern meaning.
T'ruah's year-long program in Israel & summer fellowship in NYC train future clergy to bring their rabbinic voice to human rights
Students are best positioned to engage their peers in Jewish life. This initiative trains 100 students to impact 2,500 peers each year.
Here come the #Tomato Rabbis: Fighting for Justice with Florida's Farmworkers!
Find out how one synagogue brought happiness to town #OyToJoy
DLTI transforms Jewish communal prayer so that it activates the body, engages heart and mind, and nourishes genuine spiritual growth.
Maine Conference for Jewish Life is an opportunity for superior Jewish learning and joyous celebration in central Maine.
The Matan Institute provides one-of-a-kind intensive training and ongoing mentorship for Jewish educators, empowering inclusion nationwide.
Extremely affordable immersive Jewish summer fun and education for kids in rural Maine, focusing on Hebrew, middot, and building community.
The News Minyan is a new spiritual form that brings Jewish wisdom to bear on current events.
The Hub is a collaborative coworking space with a community of social entrepreneurs and a venue for events and cultural experiences.
Svara + Mishkan = the world's most exciting place for serious Jewish learning and for seriously accessible Talmud study.
Prophetic voice in Jewish, multifaith, & US life, drawing on Jewish wisdom to seek peace, eco-social justice, & healing of our wounded Earth
SMSH is an interactive, Torah-in-the-streets Shavuot scavenger hunt/learning adventure that takes families on a Jewish educational journey.
"The Torah Times" - It's What's Happening! - Creative Torah Journalism
The Tikkun Middot Project supports personal & communal transformation through mindfulness practice & the cultivation of moral traits.
Connecting young adults to Jewish culture & tikkun olam thru direct service & experiential learning in the diverse city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
Tivnu Gap Year uses a Jewish framework to address social justice, empowering young Jews to build community with texts, traditions and tools.
The Treatment and Learning Center’s Outcomes Service supports individuals with disabilities achieve independence through meaningful work.
Torah Live brings exciting, cutting edge technology to authentic Torah learning for Jews of all ages and backgrounds around the world.
CCAR has created a program anchored in Jewish wisdom and informed by contemporary thinking to train leaders in organizational transition.
MH Peer-Led Retreats train Jewish young adults to transmit wisdom and facilitate transformative Jewish Retreat experiences for their peers
Experiential education for 3rd-5th graders based on 2000 year old Jewish wisdom led by teens serving as role models of Jewish engagement
The Tzedek Fellowship, our signature social justice initiative, empowers students to integrate Jewish wisdom with experiential learning.
Training mikveh attendants to ensure a sensitive and holistic immersion. Empowering them with connections to health and wellbeing resources.
Unorthodox is an irreverent Jewish podcast, in which we put God and Torah in conversation with Drake and Adam Sandler.
A residential immersive ecospiritual-Jewish-social justice bootcamp for young Jews that ignites their connection to relevant living Judaism
American rabbis apply Jewish text, tradition and history to demand justice for Dominicans stripped of their rights.
The WVP is a unique blend of vocational training & traditional Yeshiva education in an inclusionary model within a Hareidi Yeshiva setting.
A community partnership that encourages caring conversations about end of life and advance care planning with Jewish wisdom and resources
WCI engages people with disabilities and their families and supports their ability to access a range of Jewish experiences.
The Wilderness Torah Training Institute trains leaders from around the world in our nature-based, experiential Jewish K-7 mentorship model.
The Wise Aging program provides new resources and support to live the later years with spirit, resilience, and wisdom.
Women of the Book is an international collaboration by 54 Jewish women artists expressed as a fine art exhibition, a book and a curriculum.
Bringing Jewish and Muslim women together to build trust, respect, and relationships while limiting anti-Jewish and Muslim sentiment.
Young women leaders, building networks, applying Jewish texts to leadership best practices = a force for communal change.
“Women, Relationships & Jewish Texts” explore texts related to Jewish holidays to start conversations about healthy relationships
The WBBM reclaims the strengths of the traditional beit midrash, where diverse learners find their own motivation to deepen their learning.
Yachad radically transforms Jewish teen learning through innovative student-centered experiences that are personal, relevant and authentic.
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