Haskalah 2.0 - Jumpstart Report Issue 2, Summer 2010

Ever wonder...

Haskalah 2.0 - Jumpstart Report Issue 2 - Summer 2010
  • What is meant by the term “Jewish innovation”? Is Jewish innovation about people, organizations, ideas, vision, form, content, outcomes, impact, or all of the above?
  • Is the Jewish innovation ecosystem a market-driven response to changing needs and circumstances? Is it a sign of resistance to, or the decline of deliberate centralized planning and resource allocation?
  • What is the best way to identify and develop strong, effective, and dynamic leadership in this emerging field of innovation?
"Like the thinkers and activists of the Haskalah, twenty-first century Jewish innovators are multicultural translators working in two directions simultaneously. Today’s maskilim use the tools, concepts, and frames of their own local/global Jewish communities, while also harnessing emerging ideas, philosophies, and technologies of the contemporary secular cultures in which they live."

In Haskalah 2.0, Dr. Caryn Aviv explores some of the most important questions facing leaders engaged in the work of Jewish innovation. Her report, which contextualizes and analyzes the current moment in Jewish innovation, is based on a December 2009 consultation convened by Jumpstart, JESNA's Lippman Kanfer Institute, and The Jewish Federations of North America, in partnership with the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, and co-sponsored by the Andrea & Charles Bronfman Philanthropies.