Slingshot announces annual list of 50 innovators

Slingshot announces annual list of 50 innovators

Eighteen newcomers among those cited as top forward-thinking North American Jewish organizations

Cover of the Slighshot guide to the 50 most innovative North American Jewish organizations (photo credit: screen capture)
Cover of the Slighshot guide to the 50 most innovative North American Jewish organizations (photo credit: screen capture)

NEW YORK — Eighteen organizations made their debut on the annual Slingshot Guide of the 50 most innovative Jewish groups.

The guide, which was launched in 2005 by a group of donors in their 20s and 30s, evaluates North American Jewish organizations on “their innovative approach, the impact they have in their work, the leadership they have in their sector, and their effectiveness at achieving results.”
The group published two supplements — on “Disabilities & Inclusion” and on “Women & Girls” — as a means to broaden the Slingshot community and attract public interest and donor support toward these areas, it said.

The guide also features 17 “standard bearers,” organizations such as Moishe House and Mechon Hadar that are included consistently as “models of innovation.”

Newcomers to the list include City Harvest’s Kosher Initiative, a hunger-relief project in New York; NewGround: A Muslim Jewish Partnership for Change in Los Angeles; the Ramah Tikvah Network, a training program for professionals serving special-needs populations; and The Kitchen, an alternative congregation in San Francisco.

Of the 50 Slingshot groups, the average founding year is 2005 and the average annual budget is $717,320. Women lead 52 percent of the groups.

“Slingshot is a resource highlighting the breadth and depth of the Jewish community at this moment, and it is relied upon by doers and donors alike,” said Will Schneider, Slingshot’s executive director.

The book is available in hard copy and as a free download.

This year’s 50, in alphabetical order (newcomers marked with an asterisk):

A Wider Bridge


Ask Big Questions

AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps

*BBYO Stand UP

*City Harvest’s Kosher Initiative

Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations

*The David Project

Eden Village Camp



Havurah at Camp Tel Yehudah


Hidden Sparks

Innovation: Africa


*J-Teen Leadership

Jewish Farm School

*Jewish Learning Venture

*Jewish New Teacher Project

The Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation

*Jewish Without Walls (JWOW)

Jews for Racial & Economic Justice

*Jews United for Justice

*JOIN for Justice

The Kavana Cooperative

*Kavod v’Nichum


*The Kitchen

*Luria Academy of Brooklyn


*Mishkan Chicago

MyJewishLearning, Inc.


*NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change

The Pearlstone Center

Rabbis Without Borders

Ramah Service Corps

*Ramah Tikvah Network

Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council

*Shoresh at Bela Farm

The Tribe

Urban Adamah

Wilderness Torah

Wise Aging

*Yeshivat Maharat

Yiddish Book Center

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