Check out the reflections and recorded LiveStreaming from the South African Young Jewish Innovators Gathering, held Feb. 11-12 in Johannesburg! You can find photos from the gathering on our Flickr page.
Following the gathering, eJewishPhilanthropy ran a series of reflections from gathering participants.
Jewish South African Innovation: From the Goldmines to the Garden Patch By Seth Cohen
The South African Jewish community, like all Jewish communities, is filled with knowledge, creativity, chesed and, of course, complexity. It is one that has a rich and proud history, bringing its unique Jewish spirit to a continent that is rife with challenges and ripe with opportunity. Read more
Boldly Going Where No Jew Has Gone Before By David Jacobson
Perhaps the greatest innovation of the South African Young Jewish Innovators Gathering was in actually gathering young South African Jews together. After all, 10 Jews make a minyan; 50 Jews from different spaces and different places make a “Metzuyan”—a space of excellence. Read more
The Cradle of Human Kindness By Sarah Sassoon
I woke up with a beat-bopping, racing heart. It wasn’t Monday morning, having to face the week, although it could have been that, too—rather, it was the adrenalin still running through my system from 24 hours of attending the South African Young Jewish Innovators Gathering. Read more
Innovation for Africa By Benji Shulman
There is an oft repeated narrative about the South African community that talks about a small, conservative, aging group of Jews stuck at the bottom of the Dark Continent. The South African Young Jewish Innovators Gathering blew this conception out of the water. Read more
Jubuntu: Innovation comes to South Africa By Michalya Schonwald Moss
All it took to propel the South African Jewish community into the global Jewish conversation of the 21st century was 24 hours with a “dream team” of visionary orchestrators. The result was an event that truly catapulted the 50 participants at the South African Young Jewish Innovators Gathering into a whole new realm of possibility. Read more
Sparking the Flame By Devorah Perkel
The South African Young Jewish Innovators Gathering was a cocoon for meaningful connection and a catalyst for powerful action. From the start after Shabbat right through to the conclusion Sunday night, the gathering created a transformational space in which creative ideas could be shared openly. Read more
The Power of Networking from a Far Off Land By Nicky Newfield
Last summer, at the 2011 ROI Summit, Guy Lieberman met Seth Cohen from the Schusterman Family Foundation, and the idea for bringing together young Jewish innovators in South Africa was born. It seemed to be serendipitous that the timing was at a point when my new innovation, Jewish Interactive, was about to go global. Read more
Inspiring Jewish Connections By Wendy Kahn
A weekend devoted to innovation; 24 hours devoted to stretching the mind, broadening experiences and challenging assumptions. A space in time to think differently and be exposed to diverse individuals from different backgrounds, with rich experience and perspectives. Read more
Key parts of the gathering were livestreamed to audiences around the world!