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Sunday, February 17 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
Survive, Revive, Thrive: The Evolution of New Jewish Organizations

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While many startups dream of scaling up through growth, others find balance in mergers or downsizing. Hear the stories of four very different 21st-century Jewish startups - Hazon, Jewish Meditation Center of Brooklyn, JewishGPS, & Haggadot.com. How are they sustaining themselves? What programs and projects have supported them along the way? How have their organizational structures changed? What advice do they have for new startups considering growing, merging, reorganizing, or even sunsetting?

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Shawn Landres

Co-founder & CEO, Jumpstart
Connecting people, ideas, and resources, Jumpstart co-founder & CEO Shawn Landres, PhD, models networked leadership for social good. In 2008 he co-founded Jumpstart, a research & design lab that the Jerusalem Post says has “changed the global conversation about Jewish innovation." Shawn's work at Jumpstart and elsewhere has earned wide recognition, from the White House to TIME, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Chronicle of... Read More →

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Robyn Faintich has over 18 years of Jewish communal professional experience in areas that include youth movements, day schools, community teen initiatives, early childhood education, congregational family education, and adult education. In August 2010, Robyn launched JewishGPS, LLC in an effort to help guide Jewish organizations in a variety of aspects of Jewish education. She currently serves as the national education consultant for The Good... Read More →
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Alison Laichter

Alison Laichter is a meditation teacher, urban planner, community organizer and founding director of the Jewish Meditation Center. She’s a recipient of the Joshua Venture Group $100k fellowship and one of the Jewish Week’s Visionary 36 Under 36. She studied engineering at The Cooper Union and urban planning at Columbia University. She’s been meditating since she was 15, including in the Himalayan, Santa Cruz, and San Miguel... Read More →
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Eileen Levinson

Founder & Executive Creative Director, Custom and Craft (and Haggadot.com)
Eileen Levinson is a designer & artist based in Los Angeles. Her work reimagines Jewish ritual for contemporary audiences. In 2011, she created Haggadot.com, a website for Jews exchange and personalize content for the Passover Haggadah. The site has received attention on NPR's All Things Considered, The Jerusalem Post , Ha'aretz, the Wall Street Journal & the Huffington Post. This summer, her team launched Custom & Craft, a similar... Read More →
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David Weisberg

David Weisberg has served as Executive Director of the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center since 2011, and will soon become the CEO of Hazon following Isabella Freedman and Hazon's merger. At Isabella Freedman, he implemented a turnaround plan, stabilizing the organization’s business model while reaching new constituencies, from baseball fanatics to Grateful Dead fans. Previously, David served as Executive Director of Friends of the... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Monroe concourse level