Monday, October 20, 2014

Mazel Tov! Tarbuton Named One of America’s Top Innovative Jewish Organizations

On October 20th, Tarbuton – a San Diego Jewish non-profit and Federation grantee – was named as one of North America’s top innovative Jewish organizations in the 2014 Slingshot Guide. Slingshot’s Annual Guide ranked Tarbuton as one of North America’s top 82 innovative Jewish organizations based off of its success in creating new entry-points to the Jewish community for local Jews and Israelis through Israeli cultural, non-denominational youth and adult Jewish programs.

Selected from among hundreds of finalists reviewed by 112 professionals with expertise in grant-making and Jewish communal life, the Guide recognized Tarbuton for being at “the center of immense Jewish experimentation, creativity, and collaboration that is happening in San Diego.” This year, organizations were evaluated on their innovative approach, the impact of their work, the leadership they have in their sector, and their effectiveness at achieving results.

“This is our second year in the Guide, and we’re honored to be recognized again for our innovative cultural approach to Jewish life for American Jews and Israelis in San Diego.” Said Tarbuton Director, Jennie Starr.

Founded in 2006, Tarbuton, an independent 501c3, reaches over 1,500 households and engages 200-300 community members in Israeli cultural programming on a weekly or bi-monthly basis. More than 110 children participate in after school and in Sunday Tarbuton programs. Tarbuton’s collaborative programs take place in Carlsbad with JCoSD, in Del Mar with the Ken Jewish Community, and in Del Cerro at Temple Emanu-El, bringing Israeli culture and modern Hebrew to the general public.

Tarbuton provides adult programming in collaboration with the Israeli House in Los Angeles, bringing Israeli plays and speakers to San Diego. The Jewish Federation of San Diego recently awarded Tarbuton a NextGen grant for 2014 – 2015 to collaborate with other area Jewish organizations in order to create exciting programming aimed at young adults.

“We expect to see wonderful programs from Tarbuton this upcoming year and well into the future,” said Michael Sonduck, CEO of Jewish Federation of San Diego County. “We are looking forward to working with Tarbuton to deliver excellent, exciting, and engaging programs for the San Diego Jewish community for many years to come.”

About Tarbuton

The Tarbuton mission is to strengthen the Jewish community through Israeli cultural experiences and Hebrew language, educating our next generation, connecting all ages to Israel and bridging the local Jewish and Israeli-American communities. The Tarbuton offers youth and adult programs throughout San Diego, CA. The Tarbuton was recognized in 2012 and 2014 by Slingshot as one of the most inspiring and innovative organizations in the North American Jewish community today. Tarbuton is a member of two after school Jewish programming networks, including Nitzan a network made possible through a generous grant from the Covenant Foundation and the Jewish Education Projects Hebrew Charter After School Network made possible through a generous grant from the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. The Tarbuton is supported by the Leichtag Foundation, the Jewish Federation of San Diego County and the Israeli-American Council. To learn more visit

About the Slingshot Guide

The Slingshot Guide, now in its tenth year, was created by a team of young funders as a guidebook to help funders of all ages diversify their giving portfolios to include the most innovative and effective organizations, programs and projects in North America. The Guide contains information about each organization’s origin, mission, strategy, impact and budget, as well as details about its unique character. The Slingshot Guide has proven to be a catalyst for next generation funding and offers a telling snapshot of shifting trends in North America's Jewish community – and how nonprofits are meeting new needs and reaching new audiences. The book, published annually, is available in hard copy and as a free download at


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