JTS Alumni Included in Slingshot Fund’s Annual Guide

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November 17, 2011, New York, NY

The Slingshot Fund, a project of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, has recently released its annual guide to groundbreaking Jewish programming in North America. In addition to the 50 “most inspiring and innovative organizations, projects, and programs in the North American Jewish community today,” Slingshot has added a list of 10 top “standard bearers.” Fourteen alumni and one current student of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) are affiliated with several organizations that are included in Slingshot’s guide:

Standard Bearers
  • Ikar, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Senior and Founding Rabbi (RS ’01)
  • Mechon Hadar, Rabbi Shai Held, Cofounder, Rosh Yeshiva, and Chair in Jewish Thought (RS ’99, GS ’99); Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Cofounder, Rosh Yeshiva, and Executive Director (RS ’07); Mindy Schachtman, Director of Institutional Advancement (LC ’02); Rabbi Ethan Tucker, Cofounder and Rosh Yeshiva (GS ’06)
Jewish Innovators
  • Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, Rabbi Joanna Samuels, Director of Strategic Initiatives (RS ’02)
  • Be’chol Lashon, Rabbi Juan Mejia, Southwest Regional Director (RS ’09)
  • The Bronfman Youth Fellowships Alumni Venture Fund, Navah Kogen, Alumni Project Associate (LC ’09)
  • Eden Village Camp, Yoni Stadlin, Cofounder (DS ’08)
  • Hidden Sparks, Debbie Niderberg, Executive Director (GS ’88)
  • Jewish Meditation Center of Brooklyn, Shuli Passow, Board Chair (current RS student)
  • Kavana Cooperative, Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum, Executive Director (RS ’04, GS ’04)
  • Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality, Marlene Rachelle, Director of Programming for New York (DS ’09)
  • Rabbis for Human Rights–North America, Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Executive Director (RS ’03, GS ’03)
  • Repair the World, Anya Manning, Jewish Service-Learning Manager (LC ’07)

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