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JewV'Nation Fellowship Alumni

Meet our 2017 JewV’Nation Fellowship Alumni and learn about their projects below.

Each fellow’s project serves a unique population and constitutes an important piece of a compelling narrative about the vibrancy and gifts in the Jewish community. Each project received a micro-grant of $3,000 to further their work. Fellows engaged in cutting-edge professional and leadership development seminars from February to December of 2017.

Are you interested in contacting a fellow to learn more about their project, to book them for a performance or a workshop in your community, or to co-host an event with them? Contact a fellow.

Mentorship is an important component of JewV'Nation. Meet our 2017 mentors.

Project and Fellow Summaries

JVN 2017 Sarah Kipp

Jewish LGBTQ Inclusion

Sarah Kipp

Sarah’s project seeks to weave together narratives of Jewish LGBT individuals, their families, and allies to send a sharable video message of hope and welcome to LGBT individuals who feel isolated in their identity. Ultimately, Sarah hopes to showcase the video during a concert featuring Jewish musicians. The narrative video and concert video can then be used as educational tools in synagogues across North America. Read More >

JVN 2017 Evan Miller

Exploring Jewish Mysticism

Evan Miller

Led by a board member of Tribe NY, Exploring Jewish Mysticism aims to include Jews, and Jew-interested millennials in consistent monthly meetings to learn about foundational aspects of Jewish Mysticism, particularly Kabbalah. Evan’s goal is that this project creates meaning, inspiration, bonding, and community through text study and reflective inclusion of a different side of Judaism. Read More >

JVN 2017 Marques Hollie

Go Down, Moshe

Marques Hollie

Go Down, Moshe will explore the shared narrative between the Jewish and Black communities of bondage, deliverance, and redemption through a series of educational public performances (concert recitals with a lecture element) of carefully selected Negro spirituals expressing the Pesach liturgy in song. Read More >

JVN 2017 Danielle Gold

Danielle Gold

Queens Jewish Project

Danielle Gold 

Danielle plans to create active programming for young adult Jews in Jackson Heights, Queens and the surrounding neighborhoods of Elmhurst, Woodside, and Corona. These communities have a noticeable lack of Jewish programming in an otherwise bustling New York scene and Danielle hopes that young Jews will be more likely to continue to live their lives Jewishly and further develop the Jewish community in the neighborhood as they mature, move through the milestones of life, and raise their families in central Queens. Read More >

JVN 2017 Magda Reyes

Jewish Community School

Magda Reyes

The product of a partnership between a Reform and Conservative synagogue, the new Jewish Community School in Pennington, NJ, seeks to provide supplemental Jewish education to an increasingly interfaith community that has been reticent to join the formal synagogue community. Magda’s project is focused on developing an outreach strategy to encourage families to participate in Jewish education that feels open, warm, and inviting to interfaith families. Read More >

JVN 2017 Kendell Pinkney and Vanessa Hidary


Kendell Pinkney and Vanessa Hidary​

Kaleidoscope is a narrative-arts driven initiative that seeks to highlight well-crafted, deeply personal monologues by Jews of Color, and non-exclusively Ashkenazi communities. Kaleidoscope seeks to expand the cast of their traveling show and complete a workshop curriculum for communities looking to develop their own narrative-arts program. Read More >

JVN 2017 Rivka Campbell

Jews of Colour – Toronto

Rivka Campbell

Rivka, a Jew of Jamaican descent born and raised in Toronto, seeks to build community among Jews of Colour in her Canadian city while opening dialogue among the white Jewish community about the experience of Jews of Colour. Partly through convening, and partly through other resources, Rivka hopes to share stories that widen the concept of what it means to be Jewish in Canada and throughout the world. Read More >

JVN 2017 Deborah Fishman


Deborah Fishman

FED – like TED, but you get fed – is a social club featuring events with creative food, inspirational ideas, and the company and creative energy of your matched dinner companions. Speakers often provide “food for thought” in the form of 10-15 minute talks rooted in their passion and expertise. Some dinners feature musical or dramatic performances in addition to or instead of a talk. For instance, there was a Purim talk with a Burlesque theme and a Rosh Hashanah performance with a jazz violinist who performed riffs on “Aveinu Malkeinu.” Read More >

JVN 2017 Yvonne Eschner

Yvonne Eschner a JewVNation fellow

Spiritual Autobiography

Yvonne Eschner

Yvonne’s own Jewish journey is incredibly compelling. A former minister who converted to Judaism to honor the lost memory of her Jewish family, Yvonne seeks to use her spiritual training to guide groups of interfaith couples through the creation of their joint spiritual autobiography. Read More >