Sunrise, Sunset

The book of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) teaches us in Chapter 3, verses 1-2, that ‘A season is set for everything, a time for every experience under heaven; a time for being born, a time for dying, a time for tearing down and a time for building up.’ These verses teach us that though all things end, the cycle of ending always brings forth new beginnings. The very process of ending things makes way for new life, for rejuvenation and regrowth.

UpStart recognizes that one of the best outcomes for new ventures is for them to sunset (cease operations) or become acquired by another organization. UpStart itself is the product of a successful merger that brought together four distinct ventures working to promote Jewish social entrepreneurship.

Not every bold idea needs to exist as a stand-alone organization. Some venture ideas serve as effective intervention: sparking an important conversation, building momentum for change, or shifting norms within their field.

Rather than seeing closures, mergers, or acquisitions as “failures” we see them as part of the continuum of success. Ventures that are acquired or merged often obtain a larger platform for sharing their message. Ventures that sunset can be intentional in making sure that their programs and methods live on in other enterprises. Join us in celebrating the the ventures launched through UpStart that have sunset, merged, or been acquired:


AdamahMerger of Hazon and Pearlstone2023
Bim BamAcquired by URJ2019
Canfei NesharimAcquired by Grow Torah2019
Gan ChaimAcquired by the Atlanta JCC2005
Immerse NYCAcquired by JCC Manhattan2018
JCC Maccabi Sports CampAcquired by Oshman JCC2020
Jewish Disaster Response CorpsAcquired by Nechama2015
JLensAcquired by ADL2022
KahalAcquired by JDC Entwine2022
KevahAcquired by Lerhaus Judaica2018
Limmud New YorkAcquired by Limmud North America2020
LishmaAcquired by Ramah Ojai2002
Peer Corps DetroitAcquired by Repair the World2013
The HubAcquired by the San Francisco JCC2003
Room on the BenchAcquired by Luria Academy2014
JTOT DetroitAcquired by Downtown Synagogue2018
Edah/Studio 70Acquired by the East Bay JCC2023
NazunAcquired by Mazon2023


VentureFounderYearWhere they are now
AyechaYavilah McCoy2007CEO and Founder, Dimensions Education
Bat KolRabbi Rochelle Robins2007Vice President and Dean of the Chaplaincy School at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California
CohereRabbi Ari Moffic2020Director of Youth and Teen Experiences, MIshkan
Ganei BeantownLeora Mallach2021City Council Member, City of Framingham
HEEB MagazineJennifer Bleyer2019Clinical Social Worker, former Editor at Psychology Today
Ivrit with IvryRinat Levy-Cohen2017Director of Innovation and Technology, Fairfield College Prepartory School
JDub RecordsAaron Bisman2011Vice President for Audience Development, Sesame Workshop
Jewish Farm SchoolNati Passow2019Director of Operations and Finance, Dayenu
Jewish Public MediaDavid Zvi Kalman2020Research Fellow, Hartman Institute
Om Shalom YogaZack Lodmer2022Instrumentalist, Singer, Songwriter
OMGWTF  BibleDavid Tuchman 2021Writer, Podcaster
Online Jewish AcademyHyim Brandes2015Director of Technology, Lookstein Center for Jewish Education
PlatformaVictoria Anesh2016CEO, Fooksman Family Foundation
The Idea SchoolTikvah Weiner2023The Idea Institute
TamritzSarah Blattner2015Educator
The Chutzpah NetworkDr. Tobin Belzer2003Sociologist and Research are University of Southern CA
Zshuk: Art InstituteZhenya Plechkina2015Artist

This list is in formation. If your venture graduated from the UpStart Venture Accelerator or one of the pre-merger organizations (Bikkurim, Joshua Venture, PresenTense) and your venture has sunset, merged, or been acquired please let us know by contacting Aliza Mazor Otherwise you should find the venture listed on the Network Page.