PresenTense

Perfecting Their ‘Elevator Speeches’

04/30/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

As an aspiring rabbi, Ethan Witkovsky sees one of his goals as “helping people draw closer to their cultural and literary traditions” while making sense of their lives — and he’s ready to meet them in their homes or workplaces or even in local bars and parks to further that process.

Jessica Minnen, discussed her project with Rabbi Samuel Barth and Rabbi and Rabbi Judith Hauptman. Shulamit Seidler-Feller

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.

PresenTense Joins JDC In Russia

02/07/2012
Staff Writer

Russia has long been known for its musicians — and for the grueling conservatories in which those musicians are trained. The notion of learning and playing an instrument for pleasure is a foreign one, but with the support of PresenTense, the Jewish social entrepreneurship incubator, Sergey Novikov is trying to change that.

Sergey Novikov, seated at left, plans to build an anti-conservatory as a member of PresenTense’s first Moscow fellowship class.
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