Two Alumni Selected to Participate in UpStart Accelerator

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mazal tov to Dana Kanter Prottas, MARE '13 and Rabbi Jeremy Weisblatt, '14 whose professional programs were selected to participate in UpStart's Accelerator program. 

Dana is the Executive Director of Yachad, the Jewish Educational Platform for Teens, and is an alumna of the first cohort of the EXECUTIVE M.A. PROGRAM IN JEWISH EDUCATION. "YACHAD represents a fundamental transformation in the way Jewish education is delivered for teens in Minneapolis, which is a direct response to a significant decline in teen engagement in Jewish educational programs and communal life. Yachad engages, inspires, and educates teens along their Jewish journeys in order to create future leaders who possess confidence, enthusiasm, and curiosity about Jewish learning and living." Read more about Dana and her program's accomplishment

Rabbi Jeremy Weisblatt's works with Makom, Temple Sholom of Chicago’s 20s/30s community, which has also been selected to participate in the UpStart Accelerator program. Rabbi Jeremy Weisblatt, HUC-JIR/New York '14 and a current Pines School of Graduate Studies Doctor of Hebrew Letters student, serves as Assistant Rabbi at TEMPLE SHOLOM and is the clergy liaison for MAKOM. "Makom’s mission is (to be): 'The place for young(ish) Jew(ish) folks who are reforming and discovering our cultural and spiritual identities as we take on the world.'  Working both inside and outside of Temple Sholom of Chicago, Makom envisions an expanded, deeply engaged community of people who are constantly developing a meaningful, personal, and profound communal relationship with Judaism." Read more about Jeremy and his program's accomplishments.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.