Milwaukee, June 19, 2017 – Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee has been selected to cohort ten of the UpStart Accelerator = the Jewish community’s leading engine behind the success of innovative, early-stage organizations. Selected from the Accelerator’s largest applicant pool ever (92 from across the world), Tikkun Ha-Ir will join a cohort of eight other organizations that are opening up new access points to Jewish life.
Since 2006, the UpStart Accelerator has served as a launch pad for 38 Jewish organizations, providing them with the training, network, and funding needed to transform vision and passion into game-changing Jewish social ventures. Current organizations and alumni include Moishe House, Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning, 30 Years After, Jewish Kids Groups, and Urban Adamah.
“We are deeply humbled and so grateful for the opportunity to examine, develop, and expand the impact that Tikkun Ha-Ir will have both within the Jewish community of Milwaukee and toward the greater Milwaukee area,” says Tikkun Ha-Ir Executive Director Sami Stein Avner. “As a developing organization with big plans, this support will deepen Tikkun Ha-Ir’s opportunities to build community through study and action.”
Below is the full list of this year’s cohort, including Tikkun Ha-Ir, which will join the thirty-eight organizations and alum already in the UpStart Accelerator network:
“This is an exciting time for Jewish innovators. We’re seeing an unprecedented demand for – and investment in – organizations bringing something new and fresh to Jewish life,” says Aaron Katler, CEO of UpStart. “This Accelerator cohort represents some of our community’s most forward-thinking and creative organizations. We look forward to partnering with them to accelerate their growth and enabling them to reach their community-changing potential.”
More information can be found at http://upstartlab.org/cohort-10/ .
About Tikkun Ha-Ir:
Tikkun Ha-Ir, Hebrew for “Repairing the City,” is built on the Jewish tradition of TIKKUN OLAM – repairing the world. Established in 2003, Tikkun Ha-Ir is made up of diverse Jewish congregations and organizations in the Milwaukee area working together to confront and help solve problems facing impoverished families. The goal of THI is to help build a more just and supportive community in Milwaukee through study and action. www.thi-milwaukee.org
UpStart partners with innovators to redesign the experience and expression of Jewish life. UpStart recently announced a merger with Joshua Venture Group, Bikkurim, and the U.S. programs of PresenTense, creating a one stop resource for nurturing Jewish innovation nationwide. Since its inception, UpStart and its merging partners have fueled the impact of over 1,300 organizations and trained nearly 3,000 of the Jewish community’s most inspiring leaders. UpStart now hosts programs in 13 communities across the country, supporting entrepreneurs and communal leaders looking to generate and nurture community-changing ideas. www.upstartlab.org
“Let her glean even among the shelters and put her not to shame…” Ruth 2:15
Inspired by the book of Ruth which is read during the harvest festival of Shavuot, THI asks our community to glean from your own homes to restock the necessities of local shelters and social service agencies. A clearly marked van will be at the following drop-off locations between May 21-25 Please see the complete wishlist below:
Dates and Times:
|Drop off Location||Drop off Timing|
|Sunday 5/21||Congregation Emau-El B’ne Jeshurun||9:30-11:30am|
|Monday 5/22||Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid||12-2pm|
|Tuesday 5/23||Congregation Shalom||4:30-6:30pm|
|Wednesday 5/24||Congregation Sinai||12-2pm|
|Thursday 5/25||Temple Menorah||10am-1pm|
Here is the Complete List of Wishlist Items:
Guest post by Donna Neubauer
On Sunday, February 5, 2017 ninety-one people attended the showing of Milwaukee 53206 at Congregation Sinai. The event was co-sponsored by Tikkun Ha-Ir and the Social Action Committee of Congregation Sinai.
The film, produced by MICAH made it premier at the Milwaukee Film Festival this past Spring. It examines how decades of poverty, unemployment, and a lack of opportunity has contributed to the crisis of mass incarceration in this community, specifically in the zip code of 53206.
After viewing the film, Mark Rice, who is active in EX-Prisoners Organizing (EXPO) spoke about re-incarceration of former prisoners for “technical violations.” Mark further explained, “Former inmates can be sent back to prison because they borrowed money from someone, or missed a meeting with their parole officer because they couldn’t get off of work. They don’t get a hearing, they just get put back in jail until the court gets to their case. This could be from months to years.”
This gathering gave our North Shore community an opportunity, during Q & A the realization that this isn’t just a problem for zip code 53206, but affect the entire Milwaukee community.
Celebrate Purim and feed the hungry by sending Purim cards to friends and family through Tikkun Ha-Ir! Your donation will support Surplus Harvest efforts which gather leftover fresh produce and distributes it in a user-friendly format to Food Pantries and shelters around the city (see more info here).
Questions? Contact Sami@thi-milwaukee.org or 414-501-3618
Tikkun Ha-Ir Delivers Holiday Gifts to 450 Homeless Persons in 2016
The Jewish community gave generously in 2016 to make sure people in Milwaukee crisis shelters had holiday gifts this December! Tikkun Ha-Ir has coordinated the Holiday Gift Project for over 11 years, this year working in partnership with volunteers from synagogues, community
organizations, and individuals.
Through collections and donations, we distributed approximately 450 gift bags to adults and children in 10 shelters. The gift bags held roughly 5 gifts for each adult and 8 for each child. Gifts included:
THI provided Giving Chanukiot to eight synagogues with paper candles with gift suggestions with the age and gender of the gift recipients. Congregation members took a candle, purchased the items and brought them to the synagogues’ gift collection bins. The gifts were then gathered and prepared for distribution. A special thanks to Deborah O’Connor, Kira Berkoff, Cindy Cooper, Reenie Kavalar, Susan Ellman, and Susan Armour Sideman for efforts in making the Channukiot, sorting, and packing the gifts! We are especially appreciative of Project Chair Reesa Gottchalk’s hard work!
A very special component of the Holiday Gift Program is the Holiday Party and Santa visit at Cathedral Center.
Thank you to our Santa Shapiro and family, who delivered smiles and gifts this year to over 50 children, mothers and fathers on December 24 adding magic to the evening event.
The Jewish Community Center Chanukah Celebration provides an opportunity for Jewish children to help. This year, the youth filled festive bags with candy to make sure the holiday events had at least a spoonful of sugar. At Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid young people made sock cupcakes to include in children’s gift bags, and at Congregation Sinai, students help wrap toys.
We are especially grateful to Moshe Katz and ATID properties for donating a vacant apartment to store, sort and bag gifts for distribution. In addition, THI is grateful to Laura Emir for purchasing gift bags. The bags kept items clean and safe while providing recipients with a good receptacle for laundry, personal use and transport for the new year. This was a truly community effort!