Jewcology has been named one of the nation’s 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofits in Slingshot ’12-‘13, a resource guide for Jewish innovation. Jewcology was selected for this list because it is utilizing innovative social media tools to strengthen coordination across the Jewish environmental movement. Evaluators also considered Jewcology a potential model for collaboration in other sectors in the Jewish community.
“Being included in Slingshot ’12-’13 is a meaningful affirmation of the work Jewcology is doing to strengthen and unite the entire Jewish environmental movement,” said Evonne Marzouk, team leader for the Jewcology project and Executive Director of the Jewish environmental organization, Canfei Nesharim. “We are proud to be a catalyst and partner for the recent field-building in the Jewish environmental world.”
The Slingshot resource guide is distributed to 7,500 funders, foundation professionals, and organizational leaders annually, in addition to tens of thousands of online downloads. Slingshot organizations grapple with concerns in Jewish life such as identity, community, social justice and tradition. Readers use Slingshot to identify the most inspiring and trail blazing organizations, projects, and programs in the North American Jewish community today. Since its inception, Slingshot has highlighted 173 innovative Jewish organizations in North America.
According to Julie Finkelstein, Program Director of Slingshot, “Slingshot is a celebration of those Jewish organizations and projects successfully breathing new energy into Jewish life. The guide highlights both newly formed organizations and innovative projects happening at established Jewish institutions, all making an impact by meeting the changing needs of today’s Jewish community. This year, we received more applications than ever before, making the evaluation and selection process highly competitive.”
Slingshot organizations are selected from among hundreds of nominees based on their strength in four areas: innovation, impact, leadership, and organizational efficiency. Jewcology was chosen for the first time this year by an independent panel of 48 foundation professionals from across North America.