Cross-posted from ROICommunity.org.
Unmasking Micro Grants: Available from March 16, 2011
On the Jewish holiday of Purim, we are actually commanded to be joyful and to engage in revelry. Our friends at G-dcast help us fulfill this mitzvah with their latest creation: a Purim tale that reminds us to “always have the courage to stand up for what you believe in.”
Sarah Lefton and the G-dcast crew are members of the ROI Community of Young Innovators and now a 2011-2012 Jewish New Media Innovation Fund award recipient for a project on which they will collaborate with Moishe House.
The 2011-2012 Jewish New Media Innovation Fund award recipients were announced today, to much fanfare. So much so, in fact, that the website actually crashed!
We too are really excited about the selected projects and the potential they hold for helping us learn how to use emerging technologies to foster meaningful engagement in Jewish life. The $500,000 in grants and technical support went to nine digital media projects designed to engage 18 – 40 year olds in Jewish life, learning, culture and community.
They were selected from amongst a pool of 300+ outstanding, diverse applications by a six-member advisory council consisting of experts ranging from the former Chief Digital Officer of MTV Networks to the current vice president of interactive learning and engagement for Teach For America. Read More »
I was among those who traveled to Sin City this week for Tribefest, the Jewish Federation of North America‘s revamped gathering for its young adult leadership. The three days were tagged as an opportunity to “connect, explore and celebrate” with 1200-plus Jews between the ages of 25-45.
On the final day, I had the privilege to speak in front of the young leadership cabinet, alongside Mischa Galperin of the Jewish Agency, Ross Berkowitz of Tribe 12 in Philadelphia, Dan Sieradski of Repair the World and Aaron Goldberg of Masa Israel, about our respective efforts to engage young adults in meaningful Jewish experiences. Read More »
Lynn is generously making available two tickets to the attend The Points of Light Institute Tribute on March 21 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.! All you have to do to win the tickets for you and a guest is get a little creative …
Points of Light is the largest volunteer management organization in the world. The tribute event will celebrate voluntary action and honor President George H. W. Bush for his leadership in advancing the modern-day service movement. (It was H.W.’s inaugural address, after all, that invoked the idea of a “thousand points of light” in the national ideal of volunteer service and launched the organization’s mission!)
The gala will be chaired by President Clinton and attended by celebrities and entertainers, national and international leaders, current and former office holders from both sides of the aisle, and many great American citizens. Brad Paisley, Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Matthew Morrison and many others are confirmed to attend! (Unfortunately, George Clooney is unable to make it.)
So what do you have to do to win these tickets for you and a guest of your choice? Simple. Read More »
A must-read from the Tulsa World in case you missed it.
by: DAVID HARPER World Staff Writer
Sunday, February 27, 2011
2/27/2011 6:48:48 AM
Former Tulsan Deborah Gist said Saturday that the most important question to ask of America’s educational system is the simplest one.
Now the nationally recognized Rhode Island education commissioner, Gist said she repeatedly asked that question when she took her new job, often only to be told that “we’ve always done it that way.” Read More »
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the Schusterman Family Foundation and Darim Online will be at NTEN’s annual Nonprofit Technology Conference in Washington, D.C., March 17-19, and we think you should us join there. Whether or not you’re attending the full conference, you’re welcome to join us for learning and socializing to learning about Jewish orgs smart and innovative use of technology.
While we won’t repeat all of our Top 10 Reasons to Go to the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference, we do want to highlight the three exciting Jewish-themed gatherings we’ve got planned just for you. Read More »
UPDATE: We are pleased to confirm that the events detailed below will take place as scheduled. We hope you can join us for this important conversation about education reform.
Deborah Gist, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education for Rhode Island, will be in Tulsa Saturday, February 26, 2011, to lead a panel discussion regarding education reform. A native Tulsan, Deborah has been a leader in national efforts working with such reformers as Michelle Rhee, featured in the hit film Waiting for Superman. Deborah was featured on CNN and named one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People for her ambitious strategy that lead to the dismissal of all teachers and staff at Central Falls High School after eight years of failed attempts to improve student outcomes. Read More »
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