Awaken the Spark Within: Help us Create Jewish, Learn Jewish, Be Jewish.

$355   raised
GOAL: $50,000

86 days to go

13

 Donors

Join our community of supporters and we can make a difference

Your donation is tax deductible!

All donations to this charitable cause are collected by Jewcer, and donations exceeding the fair-market value of goods/services received are qualified under Section 501(c)(3) as tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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LearnJewish:  AWAKEN THE SPARK WITHIN!

WHO WE ARE – OUR MISSION

LearnJewish is here to build lifelong Jewish affinity, pride, and involvement among our fellow Jews –  from all backgrounds, in all localities, of all viewpoints.   NO ONE GETS LEFT BEHIND.

“A lot of people out there really don’t feel like they fit in anywhere due to their background and just say ‘forget it I’m not taking part.’   What LJ is offering is community, friends, learning and knowing there’s people who care that are also different and cool.  IT NEEDS TO BE DONE.”    – Bobby in Denver

 

LearnJewish is here to give a platform for all kinds of JEWISH EXPRESSION.  Whether you are a hip-hop artist creating cutting-edge Jewish music, another Jewish organization looking to bolster your reach and build your base, a group of high school friends wanting to launch a service project, or a Rabbi or Jewish Teacher who is looking to expand your platform to segments of the Jewish world you might not have had ready exposure to, LearnJewish is here to support you.  We live by our motto:  Create Jewish, Learn Jewish, Be Jewish.

LearnJewish is also here to help other Jewish organizations execute their own Missions – we aim to complement, supplement, enhance, and catalyze the effectiveness of other Jewish groups. We are not competing with you – we channel Jews to you. And help you connect Jews with each other. We are your Boomerang.

We are an unconventional organization led by a team of people from unconventional backgrounds, whose goal is to connect with unconventional audiences and direct them to existing, established Jewish resources and organizations.  We aim to support everyone in changing the world for good, one good deed at a time.

“To all the Jews that never were able to even…. begin learning… and therefore, never even got to start this magnificent journey!”   – Anon. Donor

 

Our big-picture vision for the outcome of our work is twofold:

(1) Strong, motivated, engaged, and healthy Jews and Jewish communities whose neshamas have been sparked by our work, and for whom Jewish culture, community, learning, and mitzvah-doing are important and valued components of our collective identities.

(2) Robust Jewish organizations whose ability to execute their Missions has been enhanced as a result of teaming up with LearnJewish.

“LearnJewish, Elyah and Yosef, your mission and your creative output is SO NEEDED right now – thank you for your work, that LJ should grow and grow and help other Jewish organizations, Jewish artists, and Jews and non-Jews everywhere!!~”                                         –   Chava in Littleton

 

OUR PROGRAMS, PARTNERSHIPS, AND SERVICES

Examples of the great work LearnJewish is already doing, or is in Buildout of – both in Denver and worldwide – include:

1.     Artists and Musicians:  Collaboration with and giving a platform to fantastic up-and-coming Jewish artists and musicians of all stripes, ranging from hip-hop to folk-contemporary, based in both the U.S. and Israel.  Our current Featured Artists include Ohad, Lev King D, Izzy Gilden, Avi Beer, Judah Fire, Simcha Brodsky, and J Rose.

Ohad, hip-hop (center); Simcha Brodsky, electro-house (right); Avi Beer, Jewish contemporary (left). Visit our Featured Artists at www.learnjewishstuff.com/featured-artists/

 

2.    Kindness/Chesed Campaigns: in partnership and collaboration with Jewish (and other) organizations and persons, including senior care, addiction/recovery support, and support resources for at-risk Jewish youth.

3.     Our 613 BLOG: containing short, interesting, and story-oriented divrei Torah and snippets of Jewish thinking from various writers – thus expanding each writer’s potential audience to give him or her a worldwide scope. We intend to invite other rabbis from across the spectrum – local and worldwide – to post their divrei Torah on our blog or to grant us permission to post their work, thus enhancing their exposure to diverse global audiences who initially visited LJ due to our LJ Streetwear offerings, and whom they might not otherwise be reaching.

Visit our 613 Blog at https://learnjewishstuff.com/blog/. More to come, very shortly, thanks to your support!

 

4.     Community Engagement, Cross-Collaboration, and Support:  Through various programs our diverse, unconventional members and partners are already providing or developing.  In development (or already in action): Career Transition and School Admissions Assistance for both adult and ‘student’ members of the Jewish community;  platform-support for Jewish artists and/or those wishing to develop their own Jewish programming or service;  one-on-one learning and tutoring programs with members of our community who are unconventional in background, at-risk, or simply have their own unique learning needs.  Much more to launch, thanks to your support.

5.     Media:  Development of short films, documentaries, and other creative content showcasing the incredible diversity of individual Jewish stories.  Current projects-in-progress include a short docu-film featuring the real-life story of a former addict who found strength for recovery in his Judaism and now uses his past as a vehicle for helping and inspiring others.

6.     LJ STREETWEAR:   Contemporary designs expressing Jewish themes, in support of Jewish affinity, identity, and pride, and in support of our common mission as Jews.

Find Jewish-messaged clothing and accessories (fully NOT FOR PROFIT – all proceeds go to support of our Mission) at https://learnjewishstuff.com/store/

 

JOIN US IN STRENGTHENING JEWISH IDENTITY, JEWISH PRIDE, AND JEWISH COMMUNITIES EVERYWHERE

We at LearnJewish are utterly committed to the principles of  Transparency, Accountability, and Good Governance in our use of resources, funds, and in our relationships with partners, affiliates, and donors.

We now seek to expand our offerings and continue to build our internal capabilities and our external reach.

In the spirit of complete Transparency and Accountability, it is important to us at LearnJewish to provide you with a precise, itemized list of our Build-Phase needs, and how your donations will be spent.      Our AWAKEN THE SPARK WITHIN campaign funds raised will go toward the following itemized menu of projects and expenses:

$400 Web platform costs.
$3,000 LearnJewish Pop-Up Shop booth for community outreach events.
$10,000 Video Documentary Film about recovery from addiction within the Jewish community.
$5,000 – Kiruv Media video and editing Studio for Torah classes and Jewish Vlog media channel.
$1,000 LearnJewish support for youth-driven Mitzvah Projects and Kindness Campaigns.
$2,000 Jewish Youth Jewish Expression projects sponsorship.
$2,400 Jewish Youth outreach giveaway products sponsorship.
$200 Elder-Care Coffee & Companionship program.
$1,000 Tanya Study and Coffee 1-year sponsorship for college students.
$3,000 Jewish Singles monthly Shabbat Dinner Program.
$5,000 Spring, Summer and Fall Shabbaton Sponsorship for Jewish Youth Outreach with Post Shabbat Jewish Hip Hop concerts.
$5,000 Featured Artist Sponsorship support. LJ studio collaboration project.
$2,000 Design Studio for in-house LJ graphics department.
$1,500 LJ Streetwear Pesach Youth Seder with special guest hosts.
$1,500 LJ community Youth Sukkah.
$2,000 LJ Streetwear Summer and Fall Photo promo and Outreach Publication.
$5,000 501(c)(3) filing and process, Incorporation, Federal Trademark and Patent Office filings, and core administrative expenses.

 

PLEASE INVEST IN OUR SHARED JEWISH FUTURE, WHICH DEPENDS ON STRONG, MOTIVATED, AND HEALTHY JEWS TODAY.   THIS IS WHAT LearnJewish IS ALL ABOUT.   Our momentum is tremendous – help us keep growing.

 Our mission is needed, and we need your help. Your Mitzvah of enabling our Chesed and Jewish Affinity work means that you have a share in all the many future Mitzvot that will be generated as a result of your generosity.

Our momentum is tremendous – help us keep growing.  Join our mission – together, let’s build a strong Jewish future.

 

Letter of Rabbinic Endorsement:

 

Join our community of supporters and we can make a difference

Your donation is tax deductible!

All donations to this charitable cause are collected by Jewcer, and donations exceeding the fair-market value of goods/services received are qualified under Section 501(c)(3) as tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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2018-12-07
Marshall Pollack
$18
"In loving memory of Adam Pollack"
2018-12-07
Marcy Pollack
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"In loving memory of Adam Pollack"
2018-12-06
Chava
$50
"LearnJewish, Elyah and Yosef, your mission and your creative output is SO NEEDED right now - thank you for your work, that LJ should grow and grow and help other Jewish organizations, Jewish artists, and Jews and non-Jews everywhere!!~"
2018-12-06
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2018-12-06
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2018-12-06
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"A great mission!"
2018-12-06
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2018-12-06
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"Great effort!"
2018-12-06
Karr's
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"To all the Jews that never, where able to even....begin learning...and therefor, never even got to start this magnificent journey!"
2018-12-06
Anonymous donor
"There ya go brother."
2018-12-06
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"Good luck reaching your goal!"

Awaken the Spark Within: Help us Create Jewish, Learn Jewish, Be Jewish.

$355   raised
GOAL: $50,000

86 days to go

13

 Donors

Campaign by
LearnJewish.
CO, USA

LearnJewish was launched in 2018 by energetic co-founders Yosef Ortega and Elyah Michael. All donations will be handled jointly and in accordance with the resource-management and decision-making agreement in the LearnJewish business plan, and under Rabbinical supervision and the oversight of our Treasurer/Financial Advisor, based on the principles of Transparency, Accountability, Good Faith and Good Governance. --------------------------------------------------------------- YOSEF combines his deep background in media production, Brand development, product development, web and graphic design, and music with over 20 years’ experience in logistics, sales, and product distribution as a business owner. Yosef has previously served as Director of Media for Jewish Outreach for an Israeli-based nonprofit organization with a presence in both Central & South America and the U.S., and established a music recording career focused on youth outreach for young adults and teens in crisis. He also brings significant experience in project management and event planning in the nonprofit sector. In addition to owning and managing a Denver-based logistics and product distribution business in the Retail Food industry, Yosef currently works with artists and musicians around the world to help them develop effective Brand concepts, Brand stories, and powerful visual materials. Yosef is co-Founder and Creative Director at LearnJewish. ----------------------------------------------------------------- ELYAH is an alumnus of Harvard Law School and Dartmouth College, where he focused his training in economics, negotiation, strategic planning, market analysis, and business development. Elyah brings previous experience in strategy consulting and competitive intelligence in the Aerospace/Defense industry, where he worked with major Aerospace firms and strategic teams in the early/competitive stages of various defense programs. Elyah also trained under industry leaders at the Harvard Program on Negotiation, and brings a wellspring of experience working directly with prison inmates, addicts, and others in situations of crisis. For the past decade, he has provided independent career-transition and school admissions consulting services to clients around the world, with a significant client base in Russia and Kazakhstan. Elyah is co-Founder and Executive Director at LearnJewish, and currently serves as acting Secretary.

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