Bikkurim

LGBT Inclusion, Ex-Orthodox Support Organizations Win Bikkurim’s First Grants

05/07/2014
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Bikkurim, a New York-based organization that has helped launch 29 Jewish start-ups since 2000, this week announced the awarding of its first pair of grants -- $100,000 each to Keshet and Footsteps.

PresenTense Transitions To Future

International Jewish entrepreneurship incubator shifts leadership to U.S.

09/04/2012
Staff Writer

The PresenTense Group, the scrappy social entrepreneurship incubator, has named new co-directors who will be based in New York instead of Israel. Naomi Korb Weiss, previously the group’s training director, and Shelby Zeitelman, its former program director in North America, say they want to broaden the reach of PresenTense, which received official non-profit status in 2010.

From left to right, Ariel Beery, Aharon Horowitz, Shelby Zitelman and Naomi Korb Weiss.

Meditating On The Margins

Jewish Meditation Center’s funding crisis reflects community’s struggle to support fledgling groups.

06/19/2012
Staff Writer

Most Wednesday nights find Jonathan Matz not only in the same place, but in the same position: his legs tucked under a simple wood bench, his back straight, his chest rising and falling as he struggles to return his focus from his thoughts to his breath.

JMC’s director, Alison Laichter, and Jewish meditators prepare for their annual springtime walking meditation.michael datikash

Yeshivat Maharat Gets ‘Seal Of Approval’

Bikkurim incubator to support Orthodox women’s seminary headed by Sara Hurwitz.

07/13/2010
Staff Writer

 As the controversy surrounding Sara Hurwitz’s designation as “rabba” continues to swirl in the wake of her being named to Newsweek’s “50 Most Influential Rabbis in America” list, news that the yeshiva she runs to train Orthodox women as spiritual and halachic leaders has been chosen to get financial and nonprofit development support from the incubator Bikkurim was undoubtedly comforting. 

Rabba Sara Hurwitz: “Validation for our work.”
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