Meet PresenTense's 2009 Fellows


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An introduction to PresenTense's fellows for the 2009 Summer Institute.

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Meet PresenTense's 2009 Fellows

  2. 2. THE STATS: What: The PresenTense Institute Who: 16 fellows selected from nearly 100 applications When: June 15 - July 26, 2009 Where: German Colony, Jerusalem Why: To provide solutions for Jewish & global problems
  3. 3. VENTURES’ AREAS OF FOCUS* Education Social Action The Arts Environment Philanthropy 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 *Includes ventures operating in multiple fields
  4. 4. RABBI MATTHEW L. BERKOWITZ & ELYSSA MOSS RABINOWITZ Kol Ha-Ot’s goal is to breathe new life into the Jewish world by presenting texts, ideas and history through an inspiring new synthesis of creativity, aesthetics and the arts.
  5. 5. ARIELLA DOOCHIN ARTurn is an innovative art education program that will offer hands-on creative opportunities for young students to create their own affordable masterpieces while learning about the fundamentals of art and the benefits of its influence on the world surrounding them.
  6. 6. KARRA GREENBERG Kehillah Consulting brings the research and insights of academics and experts to Jewish communities and institutions seeking to overcome socio-economic challenges through better understanding their complexities and creating innovative solutions to meet them.
  7. 7. JOSH KEYAK Green Me Up is a program that encourages people to save energy and reduce their carbon footprint through healthy competition and incentives.
  8. 8. ELAD KIMMELMAN “Once Upon a Time… The Jewish Peoplequot; is an educational animated series that explains the history of the Jewish people from Biblical times until today in a format designed for children.
  9. 9. CHAIM LANDAU Perspectives aims to educate about the complexity of the challenges facing Israel from a variety of sharply differing viewpoints within the Israeli-Zionist spectrum in a balanced and non-judgmental fashion.
  10. 10. RUSSEL M. NEISS JPoints is conceived as an online resource for students, teachers, and parents, where they can watch concise and accurate flash-based, Jewish, educational videos designed to spark children's inherent curiosity and interest.
  11. 11. MICHAEL PODBEREZIN Michael is developing a website that enables Israelis to better connect innovative proposals, ideas and policy suggestions to each other and to their elected representatives.
  12. 12. REBECCA POLIVY FUN - A Follow-up Network intends to build an infrastructure to transform the impact of Jewish-Arab encounter programs from short- term to long-term sustainability and to cultivate a civic leadership for the next generation that is committed to social change, and most ideally, Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation.
  13. 13. CHARLIE SCHWARTZ Charlie is developing a media library of online Israeli culture with educational value while crafting thought-provoking lesson plans around the library's contents.
  14. 14. ROMI SHAMAI, meaning quot;actionquot; in H e b r e w, w i l l b e a w e b - t o o l empowering citizens to act in matters they care about in the public domain by collecting public support and networking in a simple, easy way.
  15. 15. AHARON VARADY The Open Source Siddur will use technology and user input to preser ve nusachim (regional traditions), encourage creativity and sharing in communal and personal prayer, and give those who pray or study prayer a Siddur to call their own.
  16. 16. REBECCA ZEFFERT The Israel-Asia Center is a geo-economic think tank and educational organization dedicated to serving as a resource for government officials, business leaders, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders and members of the public in order to help them better understand and maximize strategic par tnerships and cooperation between Israel and Asia.
  17. 17. MANUELA ZONINSEIN Manuela intends to establish a digital newsletter, online information- sharing platform and social network called “Sustain” to educate about the transfer of agricultural technologies occurring between China and Brazil, Israel and the U.S.
  18. 18. ADDITIONAL FELLOW T.B.A. Another fellow will be announced shortly. Stay tuned.
  19. 19. SPONSORED CHAIRS (TO DATE) Josh and Rena Kopelman Chair in Online Community Organizing Covenant Chair in Educational Technology Sheldon and Anat Wipranik Chair in Israeli Civic Engagement Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation Chair in Jewish Learning UJA Federation of NY Chair in Organizational Greening UJA Federation of NY Chair in Community Organizing iCenter Chair in Israel Education Applebaum Chair in Jewish Innovation
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