Anyone who wants to see what the future of the American Jewish community looks like should have been with us before Rosh Hashanah for the launch of Slingshot ‘06, a project of the 21/64 initiative of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies. In a edgy club in New York’s Lower East Side, those who were selected to be included in this year’s Slingshot collection gathered together to cast an optimistic eye toward the new year and the Jewish communal future.
We at JOI were thrilled to be included two years in a row among those who, according to the Slingshot sponsors, are doing the most innovative work in the Jewish community. The late Andy Bronfman, of blessed memory, was the impetus behind the 21/64 initiative; tribute was paid to her vision by those in attendance, particularly her husband Charles Bronfman. The idea was simple: to bring together a group of the innovators in the Jewish community, those who best understand the trends and needs of the current population, particularly the younger generation, and place them in front of funders and leaders. From the dialogue and the support, the important work done by these organizations can get done—all to the betterment of the Jewish community.