On the Value and Values of Jewish Social Entrepreneurship

By Yonatan Gordis

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Spring 2009

The early 2000s saw the first major advances in Jewish social entrepreneurship, which focused on the generation of new ideas and the creation of new organizations to impact a broader segment of the American Jewish population. Nonprofit organizations such as Joshua Venture and Bikkurim inherited a tradition of renewal from sources such as the Jewish Enlightenment and grassroots social change organizations of the 1960s. They became the standard bearers for innovation, and that standard has been accepted by longstanding Jewish communal organizations such as the UJC (United Jewish Communities) and JESNA (Jewish Education Service of North America). Innovative social entrepreneurship should be the focus of Jewish philanthropies in the 2010s, allowing social experimentation inside and outside of established organizations help the Jewish community maintain its relevance and its vibrancy.

Topic: Innovation, Startups, Organizational Development, Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Jewish Organizations

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Gail Naron

Volume/Issue: Vol.84/no.1/2

Page Number(s): 37-44

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Gordis, Yonatan. On the Value and Values of Jewish Social Entrepreneurship. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Spring 2009: 37-44. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4114


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