Masa wants to help its participants deepen their connection to Israel and advocate for it once they have returned home, said Ari Rubel, Masa’s director of North American operations.
Masa is sponsoring alumni fellowships in both local federations and PresenTense, the incubator for social entrepreneurs’ projects, and is facilitating various speaker and discussion series.
Tribe 12 has selected 11 young professionals for its second class of "social entrepreneurs" who will begin learning how to turn their ideas into viable businesses in the new year.
The training is run in conjunction with PresenTense, which has expanded its original summer institute in Jerusalem to several U.S. cities. Grant funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia covers the cost of of curriculum and instructors; fellows also team up with volunteer mentors.
“If in the past change was dictated from top to bottom, we are living in an era where change is happening at the grassroots level,” said Sprung from PresenTense. “Today, we are seeing empowered people who feel they can make important changes from the bottom up, which makes that change that much more powerful. Suddenly, it feels like it’s a real community movement.”
הרעיון בבסיס התכנית הוא יצירת פרוייקטים חברתיים, בעלי מודל עסקי יציב. בכוונת הארגון לנסות ולחזק הקהילה, לעודד יזמים חברתיים והתנדבות של מנהיגים בקהילה, במטרה לקדם ולטפח את מרקם החיים החברתי והעסקי.
Jewish Federation of Cleveland Offers PresenTense Fellowships to Promising Local Social Entrepreneurs
“The Jewish Federation of Cleveland is serious about developing groundbreaking programs to engage the Jewish community in the solving of local social challenges,” said Steve Rosen, the volunteer chair of the Cleveland steering committee. “We are very eager to be joining forces with PresenTense and build off its track record to help develop Cleveland as a hub of Jewish innovation and inspiration.”