Joshua Avedon is co-founder of Jumpstart, a thinkubator for sustainable Jewish innovation, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering creative social entrepreneurship. He is also one of the founders of IKAR, one of the largest and most successful Jewish Emergent communities in the country. He is a recognized leader in forward-thinking use of technology, viral communication and community-building strategies within the world of emerging Jewish organizations.
The Emerging (Dare I Say It) Synagogue
Identity and Responsibility,
Ritual and Prayer
This session will look at the maturation of new Jewish spiritual communities such as Hadar, IKAR and Kavana. What happens when the new counter-cultural communities grow up and have to become multi-generational full service centers for Jewish life? Can they retain their edge and outsider status, while still "institutionalizing"? How do leaders balance the motivation to be an alternative community with the needs to serve a more mainstream/broad population?
NuMa: What Kind of Jewish Community Do You Want to Live In?
Identity and Responsibility
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single ... LimmudLA workshop? This session is an opportunity to explore ideas and passions about the shape of *your* Jewish future. Who knows? What happens in this very room could change the world.
"Withinnovation": Making Institutional Room for Partnerships and Innovation
The Future of Jewish LA
People perceive Jewish innovation and Jewish institutions as two separate entities – but they don’t have to be. In our increasingly interconnected Jewish future, community institutions like synagogues and Federations are "withinnovating" - making room for innovation within their institutions, which can present challenges to innovators and institutions alike. Explore this emerging trend with some of LA's resident innovation experts.