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: 

Nathan DeGroot, Mikdash: Portland's East Side Jewish Cooperative

Mikdash is a cooperative Jewish community and grassroots incubator for creativity, spirituality, and culture. Based on Portland’s east side, Mikdash supports and empowers folks to generously share their "gifts"—their skills, passions, talents and interests—with one another, to help facilitate the growth of meaningful community. Nathan is a fifth-year student at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College and​​​​​ founder of Mikdash.

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, Jewish Public Media

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 Jewish Public Media, 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.

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