Venture Network

UpStart’s network of bold leaders is creating the Jewish community of the future, one venture at a time.

The UpStart Venture Network is composed of some of the most cutting-edge organizations and individuals in the Jewish world today. From Los Angeles to Long Island, and everywhere in between, these ventures are launching programs and creating vibrant pathways to connect with Jewish life.

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Current Ventures


The best part of the UpStart network is its people, hands down. UpStart's growing network of entrepreneurs, as well as its talented community of coaches, mentors, and staff, have made it possible for ideas like mine to flourish in Jewish life.

— Carly Zimmerman, CEO, Nazun (Formerly Challah for Hunger)


Ronit Avni Just Vision
Sara Bamberger Kevah
Rabbi Sarah Bassin NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change
Tobin Belzer Chutzpah Network, JDub Records
Beejhy Berhany Bina
Aaron Bisman JDub
Sarah Blattner Tamritz
Jennifer Bleyer Heeb Magazine
Adena Blickstein Jewish Women’s Talent Agency
Mitch Braff Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation
Hyim Brandes Online Jewish Academy
Bradley Cook Project Beyond
Rena Dorph Edah
Nora Feldhusen PeerCorps Detroit
David Glazer Shir l’Tefillah
Rabbi Daniel Greyber Lishma
Daron Joffe Gan Eden
Dana Keil Room on the Bench
Alison Laichter Jewish Meditation Center
Rabbi Sarah Luria Immerse NYC
Yavilah McCoy Ayecha
Zhenya Plechkina Zshuk Art Institute
Rabbi Rochelle Robins Bat Kol
Rabbi Ariana Silverman JTot Detroit
Arthur Slepian A Wider Bridge
Amy Tobin The Hub
Melissa Weintraub Encounter
Rabbi Ari Weiss Uri L’Tzedek
Eli Winkelman Nazun (Formerly Challah for Hunger)

Note: Since the merger between UpStart, Joshua Venture Group, Bikkurim, and the U.S. Programs of PresenTense in 2017, the Venture Alumni Network has expanded to include the initiatives of the origin organizations.