INITIATIVE FOR
ZIONIST INNOVATION

YOUR IDEA. YOUR IMPACT. YOUR COUNTRY.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Nefesh B’Nefesh, together with the Steinmetz Herskovitz Family Fund, believe in the potential to improve Israeli society and the community you live in.

It is obvious to most North American Olim that the structure and texture of Israeli communities is very different from where they grew up and lived. Because the center of Jewish life in Israel is not only the synagogue or JCC, the role that known community leaders play are more often hard to define, especially for immigrants. It can be a struggle for Olim to find their place, which can hinder their integration and satisfaction.

The 2019 Initiative for Zionist Innovation is all about community – how to improve and enhance your opportunity to integrate and strengthen your neighborhood. With mentorship from community builders, networking assistance, seed funding, and logistical support we believe that Olim will have better acclimation rates.

Nefesh B’Nefesh and IZI deeply appreciate the generous support & leadership of
Marty and Pearl Herskovitz

Applications for the 2020 prize will open during Fall 2019.

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THE 2019 GRANT

The 2019 NBN Initiative for Zionist Leadership focused on one important topic:
Community & Connection Building

  • Projects dedicated to creating and facilitating community, connectedness, and/or communication by and for Olim.
  • Projects commitment to encouraging community growth and development, and to activities and programs that benefit Olim.

WINNERS OF THE
2019 INITIATIVE FOR ZIONIST INNOVATION

EDEN ADLER
OLIM IN TECH HACKATHON

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REBECCA JENNINGS
THERAPEUTIC STUDIO

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BECKY KUPCHAN BERKMAN
BE’EROT BEIT MIDRASH

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DAVID LASDAY
COMMUNITY LACROSSE CLINICS

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LOUIE MILLER
BASEBALL IN NORTHERN ISRAEL

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KATHY POODIACK
THRIVACIOUS PEER CONNECTION PROGRAM

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MENUCHA SAITOWITZ
KOCHAV DAROM COMMUNITY

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JODI SAMUELS
DINE & DATE

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SAM SANK
INTER ALIYAH CLUB

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SYLVIE SCHAPIRA
BIG CLEAN

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MIA SCHON
THE MOSAIC PROJECT

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BRYAN VANDOORNINCK
FC ONE-TWO

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SELECTION COMMITTEE

Nefesh B’Nefesh convened a special committee consisting of community leaders and Nefesh B’Nefesh staff who reviewed applications and awarded grants.

Questions about the Initiative for Zionist Innovation?
Email innovation@nbn.org.il

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