JSC earns national recognition

Jewish Student Connection (JSC) — a national organization dedicated to engaging Jewish teens by establishing Jewish clubs in public high schools — has been named one of North America’s top 82 innovative Jewish organizations in the “Tenth annual Slingshot Guide.”

JSC has 17 clubs and more than 1,200 members in the South Florida area.

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, The Guide called Jewish Student Connection “an organization that weaves Jewish experiences into the regular lives of teens at their public high schools.”

Organizations included in this year’s Guide 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 responding to the needs of individuals and communities — both within and beyond the Jewish community — as never before.

Commented Florencia Schwarz, South Florida coordinator of Jewish Student Connection: “Jewish Student Connection is proud to be selected in this year’s Slingshot Guide, and thrilled to be part of the amazing community of innovative Jewish organizations included in The Guide over the past ten years.”

Added Will Schneider, executive director of Slingshot, which publishes The Guide each year: “Slingshot is all about inspiring Jews to get involved in the Jewish community. After ten years the book remains relevant because it is a megaphone for exciting and meaningful projects. The target reader of The Guide is not involved in Jewish life, in part because they had no idea there were new meaningful Jewish projects springing up all around them. Organizations in Slingshot often receive added press and funding from those who read about them, but the deepest impact is on our readers who dog-ear and highlight their copy of Slingshot, excited about the potential of the Jewish community.”

Selected organizations are eligible for grants from the Slingshot Fund, a peer-giving network of young donors with an eye for identifying, highlighting and advancing causes that resonate most with the next generation of philanthropists. Furthermore, The Guide is a frequently-used resource for donors seeking to support organizations that transform the world in novel and interesting ways.

Jewish Student Connection exists to help high school students explore what being Jewish means to them, inspiring proud personal connection with the Jewish culture, the Jewish people, with Israel and with each other. By fostering a social atmosphere, presenting engaging and entertaining educational programs, and lowering the barriers to participation, JSC reaches a diverse range of Jewish teens from the unaffiliated to those already involved in the Jewish community.

The Slingshot Guide is available in hard copy and as a free download at http://www.slingshotfund.org.

For more information about JSC, visit http://www.myjsc.org or contact Schwarz at florencia@myjsc.org or 954-294-2347.

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