We are so proud to be featured in the Slingshot Guide for the fourth consecutive year. This year, Slingshot added a Midwest edition – and we’re thrilled to be featured there as well.
OurJewishCommunity.org has been named one of North America’s top 82 innovative Jewish organizations in the tenth annual Slingshot Guide. The Guide has become a go-to resource for volunteers, activists, and donors looking for new opportunities and projects that, through their innovative nature, will ensure the Jewish community remains relevant and thriving.
Selected from among hundreds of finalists and reviewed by 112 professionals with expertise in grant-making and Jewish communal life, organizations were evaluated on their innovative approach, the impact they have in their work, the leadership they have in their sector, and their effectiveness at achieving results.
The organizations included in the Guide are driving the future of Jewish life and engagement by motivating new audiences to participate in their work and by responding to the needs of individuals and communities in new ways.
Thank you to all of you who make our community thrive!
Here’s what the Guide says about us:
OurJewishCommunity.org (OJC) does not merely host a website with a radical new vision for the Jewish community, it embodies that very community. With many Jews identifying as non-religious, not affiliating with synagogues, or living farther away from community centers, OJC uses technology to create a spiritual home online. Community members include soldiers serving abroad, people who cannot physically attend a synagogue, people who have disengaged from Judaism, and others who have not found the right community for them. Regardless of what attracts participants, OJC’s modern, inclusive liturgy and humanistic values offer a comfortable entry point for Jews who may not consider themselves religious in a traditional sense, but who still seek a Jewish experience.
OJC is changing the nature of Jewish community by building connections online and even hosting one of the largest High Holiday services in the country.
OJC began as an online synagogue of simply streaming High Holiday services, and it has quickly expanded to include weekly Shabbat services with opportunities to live chat with the rabbis, live-streamed Passover Seders, and educational lifecycle information, webinars, and podcasts. During major holiday weeks, its Facebook page reaches over 750,000 individuals. OJC staff creates content specifically for online platforms and maximizes technological innovations for the virtual audience. More than just a successful website, OJC also provides a strong voice for Jewish engagement. Conferences and news sources often feature OJC when discussing how to work with populations that are estranged from traditional Jewish communities, as well as when referencing best practices in using technology to its full potential to reach constituents.