Innovation

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Federation Innovation serves as community lab to actively expand the capacity of institutions and individuals. Through immersive skill building experiences, coaching, and intergenerational mentorship, the innovation team is opening new doors of participation for individual and organizational changemakers and accelerating the progress of new ventures.

Upcoming Events

August 13

Co-Working Relational Engagement Workshop, In Collaboration with JumpSpark

10am-12pm | ROAM Dunwoody

In today’s world, multiple pulls on attention, and thin relationships among community members, our flagship institutions must evolve. Join us as we learn to prioritize people over  programming, emphasizing relationships between leaders and lay people, to create a more inspiring and transformational experience for those seeking deeper connections and an antidote to anonymity inside Jewish life.

September 10

Co-Working Outcome Based Program Design with Upstart, In Collaboration with JumpSpark

10am-1pm | ROAM Dunwoody

How do you design a program experience that meets the needs of your community? Through this dynamic and experiential session, participants will learn tools for designing programs that keep needs – and intended outcomes – in mind. The workshop will support your work in developing Jewish programming and mission-aligned goals to ensure success. Limited Spots Available.

November

Plywood Path

Join other Jewish changemakers for this interactive six-week online course designed to learn from other innovators and help you ask and answer the big strategic questions for your project. If you are interested in joining Federation’s cohort for this free program, email us.

November 13

Wisdom Pairings Dinner

Location and time tbd

Share wisdom, conversation and a meal. We will carefully pair you with someone whose professional interests, experiences and ambitions match yours. Tap into the Wisdom of the Atlanta Jewish community! Applications will open soon – if you’re interested, email us.

November 20

Co-Working Social Media & Bullying, In Collaboration with JumpSpark

10am-12pm | ROAM Dunwoody

More information soon.

December 10

JF&CS Resource Workshop, In Collaboration with JumpSpark

10am-12pm | JF&CS Atlanta

More information soon.

February 11

Co-Working Jewish Self Care with Blue Dove Foundation In Collaboration with JumpSpark |10am-12pm | Chabad Intown

More information soon.

March

Wisdom Pairings Dinner

Location, Date, Time TBD

Share wisdom, conversation and a meal. We will carefully pair you with someone whose professional interests, experiences and ambitions match yours. Tap into the Wisdom of the Atlanta Jewish community! Applications will open soon – if you’re interested, email us.

March 10

Co-Working Interfaith Family Workshop In Collaboration with JumpSpark | 10am-12pm | Industrious Ponce City Market.

More information soon.

April 14

Co-Working Teen Mental Health First Aid Training In Collaboration with JumpSpark

10am-12pm | ROAM Dunwoody

More information soon.

May

Wisdom Pairings Dinner

Location, Date, Time TBD

Share wisdom, conversation and a meal. We will carefully pair you with someone whose professional interests, experiences and ambitions match yours. Tap into the Wisdom of the Atlanta Jewish community! Applications will open soon – if you’re interested, email us.

Grant Opportunities

BLOOM Grant

Our BLOOM Innovation Seed Grant can help you kickstart your idea! This microgrant is designed to support Jewish Atlanta’s changemakers and institutions in prototyping their ideas. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

PROPEL Grant

PROPEL Innovation Grants accelerate Jewish innovation in Atlanta by investing in transformative, creative, and community-driven projects and technologies that reimagine Jewish life in Atlanta and catalyze positive change. Applications open in Spring 2020 – stay tuned!

Drum Roll, Please: Propel Grant Winners Announced!
Federation Innovation received an impressive 45 proposals for its PROPEL Innovation Grant and has just announced ten awards ranging from $10K-$25K, totaling in a community investment of almost $200K. PROPEL’s goal is to help launch transformative, creative and scalable projects that reimagine Jewish life in Atlanta. Representatives from Federation’s Innovation and Community Planning & Impact Committees reviewed the applications and invited a select number of applicants for interviews. We’re so proud to share and celebrate with you next year’s class of Jewish Atlanta Changemakers! Meet the 10 projects funded:

  • Hillel Georgia Tech – TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers)
    Engaging Georgia Tech and the larger Jewish community, TOM aims to innovate assistive devices for those with disabilities through a three-day makeathon. The goal is to partner need-knowers (with a disability) and makers to help develop innovative solutions.
  • AgeWell Atlanta – Information and Referral Concierge
    Atlanta is home to one of the fastest growing senior communities in the country. Most older adults prefer to stay in their own homes as they age, which increases the need for a coordinated system of care. This grant will enable AgeWell Atlanta to respond by creating a centralized concierge, which older adults and caregivers can access a coordinated continuum of services supporting maximum wellness, wherever they reside.
  • OneTable Atlanta – Atlanta Fellow
    Atlanta-based OneTable Field Fellow will empower underserved populations in building their own Jewish community, focusing on engaging Jewishly underserved demographic areas and niche populations (e.g., Jews of Color, LGBTQ, etc.).
  • Congregation Bet Haverim – Community Rabbi
    Moving beyond the concept of membership as the sole “access card” to communal engagement and rabbinic support, the community rabbi will provide life cycle and other rabbinic services to the larger community.
  • Moishe House
    Expanding the scope of Moishe House’s successful programs by supporting the addition of a 4th house in a brand new part of Atlanta, with the primary intent to serve underserved adults in Great Atlanta.
  • Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta – JCC on Wheels
    Weekly JCC programming brought to various geographic areas throughout Metro Atlanta with a JCC RV. Recreational, social, and cultural programming “delivered to you” and not constrained by bricks and mortar of existing Jewish spaces.
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Jewish Education Director’s Council & Atlanta Rabbinical Association – Reimagining Jewish Education
    This initiative leverages teachers as catalysts for change and empowers them to use innovative methods and create user-centric educational opportunities with support from nationally acclaimed educational institutions.
  • Tradition Kitchen
    An entrepreneurial venture, making kitchens into Jewish spaces around Atlanta through Jewish cooking classes in community members’ homes, taught by locals ranging from bubbes to famous chefs.
  • The Blue Dove Foundation – Mental Health Responder Toolkit
    Comprehensive project addressing mental health and substance abuse issues through a toolkit and training sessions for organizational leaders and Jewish camps to serve as “mental health first responders.”
  • Repair the World – Solidarity Through Service
    Seeking to address the fractured political climate and high income disparity in Atlanta, this initiative seeks to build consistent and meaningful volunteer and service experiences. Repair will offer community trainings and a robust workshop series for Jewish community partners who serve a broad array of populations, reaching out beyond Repair’s core work serving Millennials.

Looking for a communal event space or a great co-working space or have questions about Federation Innovation? Email us!

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