By Sarah Jacobs, Girls Are People Too
Two months ago, I walked into a room of people buzzing with chatter and exploding with ideas. I was nervous, excited, and mostly intimidated. I didn’t know how to answer the questions that I was being asked. I didn’t know who was there to interview me and who else was being interviewed or if the person sitting next to me had a ‘better’ idea than I had.
I felt completely out of my league- Why was I sitting in this room with established entrepreneurs and future success stories when all I had was an idea?
I’d like to say I realized it then and there, but it’s a taken a few weeks to realize that I am a PresenTense fellow because I believe in creating social change. Each seminar, meeting, and milestone so far has taught me that it’s my passion, my idea, and my venture that will create a difference in society. Each passing week has also revealed that each fellow is at a different point in pursuing social change- some are able to talk about their ventures flawlessly, and some are still working their venture out.
By Samuel Klein, Limmud NY Connections
Among the scattered red clown noses and glitter I danced.
It was the closing hours of Limmud Los Angeles in 2010 and Craig Taubman, of Sinai Temple’s ‘Friday Night Live’ fame, was holding a Rosh Chodesh Adar get-together. With the cascading electric guitar riff of ‘Lord Get Me High’ by Shlomo Carlebach melting my limbs, I imagined the new month of Adar washing over, with its promise of joy, general abandon and spirit of community at play. On Rosh Chodesh, that spirit found expression in exquisite and delicious dance.
Dancing with me were children, teens, singles, young-marrieds and grandparents, drawn from across the Los Angeles Jewish community and internationally; the room reverberated with their laughter and their song.
Three years later, it’s almost the month of Adar again, but this time, I am track chair of Limmud NY’s Social and Communal initiative, Limmud NY Connections!
By Monique Smith, Impact Israel
So, I have an idea. I have lots of ideas actually. Most of them are silly, like opening a franchise of gyms in airports or developing an automated pooper-scooper (the DogPoomba) or a hand-written and delivered greeting card company. It’s usually out of some sort of laziness that I start thinking about these things—like not wanting to clean up the backyard. And I get really excited. For about 10 minutes. Then I go back to watching TBS reruns. But what makes an idea worth pursuing? What makes this time different?
Socially minded entrepreneurship, as far as I can tell, appears to be composed of equal parts vision and feasibility.
PresenTense NYC Fellowship
Igniting social change in the NYC Jewish community.