Four Bay Area Jewish groups get UpStart help


SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) – Four new Jewish groups have been accepted into the UpStart incubator program, which helsp support new Jewish nonprofits.

Accepted into this year’s program of UpStart Bay Area are: A Wider Bridge, which brings together lesbian and gay communities in Israel and North America; Amir, a gardening program offered to schools and other youth institutions as a way of teaching about hunger and environmental activism; The Kitchen, an unaffiliated Shabbat-centered Jewish community for young adults in San Francisco; and Urban Adamah, a Jewish service learning program in Berkeley that combines urban agriculture, social action and Jewish learning.

UpStart gives the groups professional training in leadership, business development, program design, Jewish learning and evaluation, as well as giving them an opportunity to showcase their work. Modest financial support is also offered.

“These 10 UpStarters are a lens on the future of Jewish life,” said UpStart founder and CEO Toby Rubin. “Each is shaping Jewish expression in meaningful ways.”

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