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In a small community in Pittsburgh, starting in 1910, there was a shift in mindset.  The Pittsburgh Blind Association started to teach people with visual impairment how to make brooms, an item found in every home, but rarely given much thought.  That year, in Pittsburgh, they thought a lot about brooms and about who would be the best person for the job of broom maker.

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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

The Bible, Take Two

The G-dcast team looking to bring its playful Torah videos to a wider audience of students and teachers.

Associate Editor
01/10/2012

With its lengthy roster of rules concerning animal sacrifice and food, Parshat Shemini is not generally considered a crowd pleaser.

But the text from Leviticus is such a favorite among Sarah Zollman’s fifth graders at Carmel Academy in Greenwich, Conn., that one student, upon learning it was to be her bat mitzvah Torah portion “was so excited.”

The G-dcast crew recording a video. Their work has garnered 1.5 million hits on YouTube.
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