Four of the below organizations will be selected for the first Accelerator cohort, beginning in October 2018.
What: GrowTorah develops educational Torah garden programs for Jewish schools and communal organizations, incubating emunah, environmental stewardship, compassion for creatures, and Tzedakah.
Founder: Yosef Gillers
Launch: September 2015
Get Involved: Individuals who are interested in working with us should visit www.Growtorah.org/apply. For new schools that would like to partner with us, we are currently planning program launches for March 2019, visit ww.GrowTorah.org/partners.
What: Hisoriri strengthens the American Orthodox communal future by servicing developing synagogues with high quality social and religious programming and training the students who will serve as future Jewish communal leaders
Founder: Dov Winston
Team: Yair Lichtman, Elliot Heller, Rachel Somorov, Benjamin Freund, Neima Pollak
What: imadi is an organization that empowers individuals and families facing mental health difficulties through providing support, guidance, and education. The focus of imadi is to establish functionality in homes that are suffering due to mental illness.
Founders: Chana Esther Schechter, Zeldy Oppen, and Goldy Jaroslawicz
Get Involved: imadi is recruiting volunteer family advocates who will provide support, guidance, advocacy, and linkage to community resources in a warm handover manner. They will be professionally trained by imadi to address and supervise a family’s specific needs with utmost confidentiality, sensitivity and respect. To volunteer as a family advocate, or to donate, please feel free to call or email our team
What: NechamaComfort supports families who have suffered miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. Services include immediate help at the time of the loss and ongoing individual, family and group support. Training programs for medical personnel, therapists and clergy help them better address the needs of their clients and congregants. Awareness programs for communities and workplaces provide guidance on being supportive of friends, neighbors and co-workers.
Founder: Reva Judas
Team: Aimee Baron, M.D., Esther Levie, R.N., and Ellen Krischer
Get Involved: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-833-NECHAMA
What: No Shame On U is dedicated to eliminating the stigma associated with mental health conditions and raising mental health awareness in the Chicago Jewish community and beyond. Our goal is for the people who need help to seek it, for family members and friends to know how to provide proper support, and to save lives. We achieve our mission through our community outreach programs, classes and workshops, our online presence of over 71,000 where we share tools and resources daily, distribution of resources such as fact sheets and crisis information magnets at fairs, parades and festivals, and educational presentations.
Founder: Miriam Ament
Get Involved: Contact Miriam Ament at Miriam@noshameonu.org
What: Refuat Hanefesh is a 501c3 recognized charity dedicated to decreasing the stigma surrounding mental illness through conversation and education, while providing a safe place for those affected to seek support and advice. Refuat Hanefesh intends to eradicate mental health stigma in the Jewish community by giving a voice to those who are afraid to speak, pledging our support for one another, and using the support room to share experiences and advice.
Founders: Ariel Mintz, M.D., Avital Mintz
Team: Avi Gordon and Etan Neiman
Launch: July 2016
Get Involved: We are always looking for more volunteers. If you are interested in joining our team, writing an article, or you have an idea about how we could improve our community’s mental health email email@example.com or visit our volunteer page for ideas of how you could get involved.
What: YTI is the first organization in the Jewish world that aims to maximize spiritual and real world potential in one specific and extremely underserved segment of the population, our community’s most creatively inclined young people. Often, it is these exact personality types who end up in the worst life situations within the Frum community. YTI steps in to address the root of this long time issue, giving these individuals a professional music training and production platform centered around accessing deep spiritual connection though their own unique creative musical abilities, as well as a robust mentorship program designed specifically to bring the best out of these personality types in the real world. These individuals often possess the most unique G-d given strengths and are often completely misunderstood until they find YTI’s programs.
Founder: Chananya Begun
Launch: March 2017
Get Involved: Contact Batya@theYTI.org or call 818-804-7929
What: Torah Anytime records Torah lectures given around the world and uploads the footage to our website for the whole world to watch, free of charge. Since our founding, we have received more and more requests for lectures of Torah videos conducted by Jewish speakers and Rabbis, with the website growing steadily ever since.
Founders: Shimon Kolyakov, Rubin Kolyakov, and Yosef Davis
Get Involved: Listen to shiurim online, anytime at TorahAnytime.com or on our phone app
What: uws//jews is a passionate, intentional, open, and warm community of young Jews striving to live enriched and engaged Orthodox Jewish lives by coming together for holiday programming, communal learning, social events, and chesed opportunities. The community’s mission is to bring together the many talented and passionate young Modern Orthodox Jews living on the Upper West Side and to empower them to take an active part in creating meaningful religious lives.
Founders: Gabe Falk, Ron Shapiro, Jake Wilner, and Etan Raskas
Get Involved: We welcome anyone who’d like to get involved to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check us out on Facebook: facebook.com/uws.jews.
What: Yedei Moshe is a program that seeks out and helps businesses hire at risk youth. It matches at risk youth and employers and provides personal mentoring and support for both to help facilitate success.
Launch: May 2018
Get Involved: We are constantly looking for appropriate businesses to partner with and welcomes each business to fill out a form on our website or contact us directly here. In addition, we are looking for volunteer graphic artists, social media and website volunteers, and mental health volunteers.
What: Yesh Tikva, Hebrew for “There is Hope,” was established to end the silence and create a community of support for all Jewish people facing infertility. Yesh Tikva gives a voice to their struggles, breaks down barriers and facilitates the conversation surrounding infertility.
Founders: Gila Muskin Block and Elie Haller Salomon
Get Involved: Email us at email@example.com
What: Yidmaps is a web app providing up-to-date, accurate, and verified information on Jewish resources, using the latest in mapping technology.
Founder: Peri Neuwirth
Get Involved: A major component of our approach to delivering the most accurate and useful information is empowering community members to help us map their area’s Jewish resources. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to contribute or review information for Yidmaps.