iMishpacha

A grassroots group of Russian-speaking Jewish families with children (based in southern Brooklyn). Our mission is to strengthen Jewish identity & pro-Israel sentiment, create a sense of community, and nurture future leaders through service-based learning experiences infused with Jewish values.

Location: Brooklyn, , New York
Year founded: 2012

Description

The founding members, all RSJ families with children and teens, experienced first-hand the unique challenges of raising children with a strong Jewish identity, strong pro-Israel sentiment, and an understanding of/ affiliation with the American Jewish community. iMishpacha was born in 2012 when several like-minded individuals decided to band together and create a thriving community through service-based learning experiences as a way to address the unmet needs of the local RSJ community. Independent of any organized Jewish entity, iMishpacha was established as a true grassroots organization. Although inexperienced in the social enterprise and without a strong network within the broader Jewish community, the founding members relied on their business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit to create iMishpacha as an agile and low-cost start-up and prove the viability of the enterprise. We created a charter, a list of proposed activities (based on the brainstorming session conducted with community members), organized programming and operational committees, and established a fee-based funding model for the proposed events (some of these are now monthly, quarterly or annual events run & self-funded by the group). The progress was slow due to limited funding and constrained time availability of lay leaders. Yet, the group expanded from 6 families to over 250 participants through pure "word of mouth". In the course of this experiment, we had seen many adults step up and lead, organize, and host events (an early indication of the untapped leadership potential in the community). iMishpacha has made significant progress as the two recent events attracted tremendous interest in the RSJ community (despite the fact that these events were marketed by word-of-mouth to "friends-and-family" and each participant family understood that all costs are to be fully shared) - Community Shabbat Dinner in Oct 2016 was attended by 94 people, while the Chanukah Celebration in Dec 2016 attracted 124 people. Over the last few years, many of the families’ children have grown into teenagers and continue to be an integral part of our organization. As such, teenage engagement is a top priority for the group, and, as a result, our programming has evolved to include inter-generational and skills-building components. The programming emphasizes volunteerism and service-based learning through monthly mitzvah projects (e.g., working in soup kitchen, visiting nursing home, preparing and delivering food and school supplies, etc). Our target audience entails RSJ families with children and teens, primarily attending public schools, (in the 7-17 years range) that reside in southern Brooklyn (Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, Midwood, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, West Brighton, Seagate, and nearby areas). Our goal is to design and deliver programs aimed at encouraging RSJ families to explore their Jewish heritage in its many forms and create life-long engagement in Jewish communal life through cultural and social experiences that resonate within RSJ community (including meaningful leadership opportunities in the NYC’s Jewish organizations).

iMishpacha - Program Enhancement and Community Outreach

About

The proposed initiative aims to
enhance the existing programming
that would appeal to the growing sophisticated interests of the RSJ community,
especially families with children and teens, and
to establish platform for active outreach to the broader RSJ community in southern
Brooklyn.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The objectives of this program are:

  • enhance programming that caters to RSJ community evolving needs & interests (especially for teens attending public schools)
  • formalize the platform and pretense in the RSJ community (online pretense, marketing, etc)
  • establish solid basis for long-term sustainability (i.e., add'l funding streams, recruitment/ marketing/ outreach strategy)
  • focus efforts on the community outreach in southern Brooklyn

Back to Top

Program Description

iMishpacha’s target audience
includes RSJ families with children and teens in southern Brooklyn (Sheepshead
Bay, Manhattan Beach, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, Midwood, Bensonhurst, Marine
Park, West Brighton, Seagate, and nearby areas). The program aims to establish a series of year-around
service-based learning experiences
for families and their children/ teens (who mostly attend public
schools). These activities will have significant hands-on
volunteerism and
Jewish education component.

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

See "common application"

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

See "common application"

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

See "common application"

Back to Top

iMishpacha - Program Enhancement and Community Outreach

About

The proposed initiative aims to enhance the existing programming that would appeal to the growing sophisticated interests of the RSJ community, especially families with children and teens, and to establish platform for active outreach to the broader RSJ community in southern Brooklyn.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The objectives of this program are:

  • enhance programming that caters to RSJ community evolving needs & interests (especially for teens attending public schools)
  • formalize the platform and pretense in the RSJ community (online pretense, marketing, etc)
  • establish solid basis for long-term sustainability (i.e., add'l funding streams, recruitment/ marketing/ outreach strategy)
  • focus efforts on the community outreach in southern Brooklyn

Back to Top

Program Description

iMishpacha’s target audience includes RSJ families with children and
teens in southern Brooklyn (Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Mill Basin, Bergen
Beach, Midwood, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, West Brighton, Seagate, and nearby
areas). The program aims to establish a series of year-around service-based learning experiences for families and their children/ teens (who mostly attend public schools). These activities will have significant hands-on volunteerism and Jewish education component.

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

See "common application"

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

See "common application"

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

See "common application"

Back to Top

×

Are you ready to take your giving circle from idea to reality?

Our Jewish Giving Circle Incubator will help you bring your giving circle to life. Whether you're 23 or 73, interested in social justice or Jewish innovation, and ready to give $50 or $10,000, we want you to join the Incubator. Apply today!

Applications are open until July 31st.

Apply Now
×