Postcards from Israel – Cleveland goes on Birthright!

January 3, 2013 at 9:55 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hi Everyone!

The Cleveland Birthright trip has been amazing! It’s only the third full day here and the group (many of which traveled alone not knowing anyone prior) has meshed and bonded quickly – it’s been really great watching so many friendships form. Today we travelled to our Partnership region of Beit Shean. We were greeted with the words “Welcome Home” by Lior, Dror and Tomer (Lior was wearing his “CleveLAND that I Love t-shirt) for a morning bike ride through Beit Shean’s Spring Park. We saw the beautiful land and the kibbutz farm.

We then split into groups to spend some time at three homes – we were hosted by people from Ethiopia, Egypt and Iraq. The homes were lovely and the hospitality and warmth was incredible. Continue Reading Postcards from Israel – Cleveland goes on Birthright!…

PresenTense 2012 – Meet the Fellows!

May 30, 2012 at 10:09 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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5 Minutes with David Franklin
Venture: Jews, Rock and Roll: Jewish America told through Music
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Who inspired you to launch this venture?

In speaking with Terry Stewart, President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I was inspired by his passion and respect for Judaism and deep understanding of the role Jews have played in Rock and Roll.

Where will your venture be in a year?

With start-up funding, we’ll begin the design and fabrication of the exhibit. Our design firm will build a prototype to help funders better visualize and understand the exhibit. We will have a fundraiser on January 8 in New York City. Continue Reading PresenTense 2012 – Meet the Fellows!…

PresenTense 2012 – Meet the Fellows!

May 30, 2012 at 10:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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5 Minutes with Elana Averbach
Venture: KickStartLove

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What change do you hope to make?

I hope to offer Jewish organizations an effective solution to increasing youth engagement – speed dating parties that will connect singles and forge lasting relationships with Jewish institutions. Continue Reading PresenTense 2012 – Meet the Fellows!…

PresenTense 2012 – Meet the Fellows!

May 30, 2012 at 9:56 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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5 Minutes with Ori Akrish
Venture:  Shabatana
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Who inspired you to launch this venture?

Growing up, my family used to have a “mandatory” Shabbat dinner every Friday night. While I hated it as a teenager, today I appreciate the effort my family made to spend quality family time together. Continue Reading PresenTense 2012 – Meet the Fellows!…

PresenTense 2012 – Meet the Fellows!

May 30, 2012 at 9:43 am | Posted in PresenTense Fellowship 2012 | Leave a comment
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5 Minutes with Rebecca Meiser
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Venture:

Kindness Counts

Who inspired you to launch this venture?

I was noticing on campus the disconnect between students. Busy as they were on their phones, iPods, and iPads, they’d stop seeing one another and the world around them. They were losing compassion. Continue Reading PresenTense 2012 – Meet the Fellows!…

PresenTense 2012 – Meet the Fellows!

May 30, 2012 at 9:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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5 Minutes with Simone Jowell
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Venture:

Who inspired you to launch this venture?

As a photographer, I am fortunate to be surrounded by a few supportive artists, business colleagues, and friends who inspire me. It was one of these colleagues who inspired me to apply for the fellowship.

Where will your venture be in a year?

My photographic project will be complete and displayed within the community. I will be working on other photojournalistic projects with the intent to inspire and educate my audience.

What is your vision for the fellowship program?

My vision is that all fellows have an opportunity to meet and be inspired by each other – and then bring that inspiration back into their communities.

What are the biggest challenges you face? Continue Reading PresenTense 2012 – Meet the Fellows!…

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