Natan/NEXT Grants for Social Entrepreneurs

Make Jewish life better, more interesting, and more fun

We partner with Natan to support cultural, spiritual, educational, service, and community-building projects run by you for your friends and peers.  The best part: We award grants of up to $10,000 to help you turn your idea into an organization, club, or annual event. 

This year, we awarded $25,000 to three amazing social entrepreneurs:

Mikdash is a cooperative community based in Portland’s East Side that supports creative Jewish living, encourages meaning-making, and builds community amongst young Jewish adults in the Portland area. Nathan is a fifth-year student at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, and is genuinely excited by the potential community that Mikdash could help support.​

Leora Maccabee Itman, TC Jewfolk
TC Jewfolk is an independent, entrepreneurial start-up using social media and community-based journalism to connect, engage, and inspire young Jews in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Leora is the founder of TC Jewfolk and Chair of the Board of Directors for Jewfolk Media, its parent nonprofit organization.  Leora is an attorney at Maslon, Edelman, Borman & Brand, LLP.

David Zvi Kalman, Open Quorum
Open Quorum/Jewish Public Media is a new online platform for creating, curating, and promoting excellent Jewish ideas and creative expression through podcasts like Talking in Shul and Responsa Radio, videos, and live events like SermonSlam. David is co-founder and president of Open Quorum, a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania in medieval Jewish and Islamic law, and serves as one of Mechon Hadar's Campus Scholars. 

In the past, Natan/NEXT Grants for Social Entrepreneurs have funded a Jewish theater group, a kickball league for young Jewish professionals, a Jewish music festival, and a build-your-own Passover haggadah website, just to name a few. Learn more about our past grantees.

If you have any questions about Natan/NEXT Grants for Social Entrepreneurs, ask us on Facebook, or email 

About Natan
Natan inspires young philanthropists to become actively engaged in Jewish giving by funding innovative projects that are shaping the Jewish future. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​