• MISSION

    Startup18 supports grassroots Jewish initiatives and the nonprofit entrepreneurs who launch them in San Diego, CA. Launch a new project, while you focus on your cause, we will support your early stage needs. We provide mentors and guidance on marketing, partners, and foundations, a tax-exempt home for donors and grants through fiscal sponsorship and back end services through partners to help ease accounting and operations such as online registrations, bill payment and collections. Fiscally sponsored projects have nonprofit discounts for facilities, software, and additional benefits through local foundations and organizations. Take the first step and we will help you create something positive for the community.

  • WHAT WE DO

    Supporting grassroots Jewish and Israeli initiatives that educate, build community and strengthen Jewish identity.

    JEWISH ENGAGEMENT LAB

    Early stage consultation

    Register for upcoming workshops here. A lab for project directors of nonprofit initiatives that are designed to engage, educate or connect the Jewish community. Support from pilot to launch, with opportunities to workshop with peers and advisors.

    IDEA ROUNDTABLES

    Have your say, contribute your ideas, give your feedback

    Do you live in San Diego, but you haven't found an entry point in Jewish life for you or your family in existing programs? Join an online roundtable and share your ideas for new programs. Round tables will be conducted online between January-May, 2017 with community facilitators. Join a Roundtable

    DESIGN CHALLENGE & COMMUNITY HACKATHON

    Generating ideas and jump starting Jewish innovation in San Diego

    30+ community members generated 72 ideas at our design challenge where we focused on how we might transform Jewish San Diego with exciting new grassroots programs. Idea round tables will continue to gather ideas. Teams will work on pitches to be made at the Hackathon* on 5/7/2017 with seed funds crowd sourced that day for the projects with greatest impact. *A fun afternoon with friends, with time to go deep with a favorite idea, or offer a new one and make a difference. Want to pitch an idea? Advise a project? Get in touch! This program is generously supported by the Covenant Foundation, PresenTense and the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation. Co-hosts include the Jewish Federation of San Diego County and the Leichtag Foundation.

    BRIDGING INTERESTS & ACTION

    Working to make community interests a reality

    Ideas generated in Startup18 programs with substantial interest will be shared with local project founders and/or local Jewish organizations. Where programs with similar characteristics exist in other cities, we may approach them to determine what it would take to open a branch in San Diego.

    FISCAL SPONSORSHIP

    Providing a tax-exempt home for donors and grants

    Accept donations and apply for grants. Eliminate the additional work of a nonprofit Board, 501c3 filings and tax returns. We collect, track and acknowledge donations. We can also provide some limited back office support in collaboration with partners for banking, bill payment and collection, accounting, record preparation for reporting, event online registration and collection, HR, payroll & benefits. Fees, Benefits & FAQ

  • IDEA BOARD

    Programs we admire from around the country to inspire you!

    EMERGENT JEWISH NETWORK

    ENGAGE CREATIVELY

    YOGA MEDITATION MINDFULNESS

    SPIRITUAL DEEPENING OF EXPERIENCES

    YOUTH EDUCATION

    IDENTITY & ISRAEL

    PEOPLEHOOD

    IDENTITY & TRANSITIONS

  • LAB PROJECTS

    Made in San Diego

    THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT

    EDUCATION
    Founder Cheryl Price

    The Butterfly Project is a call to action through the arts, using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate about the dangers of hatred and bigotry through the painting of ceramic butterflies, permanently displayed around the world to memorialize each of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust.
    email - web - facebook - donate

    CHAI5

    COMMUNITY
    Founders Diane BenAroya and Laurie Miller

    CHAIFIVE Projects are non-profit projects designed by L'CHAIM Magazine to benefit aspiring writers, photographers, artists and the community. OUR TRIBE publishes lifecycle events your lifecycle events in our magazine AT NO CHARGE.

    MENSCHES OF SAN DIEGO features everyday portrayals of Jewish Life in San Diego.

    email - web - facebook - donate

    CULTURE ELEVATION

    EDUCATION, CULTURE
    Founder Dana Greene
    Advisors Ruth Mastron and Sam Litvin

    Local photojournalist will share the story of changes in French society resulting from increased immigration, refugees, and terrorism and the impact of multiculturalism, xenophobia, and antisemitism, revealing the commonality, harmony and coexistence between the many cultures.

    email - web - facebook - donate

    GRAPEJUICE

    COMMUNITY
    Founder Eliza Slavet

    GRAPEJUICE helps us find what we need, when and where we want it: a Shabbat dinner, a Passover seder, a Yom Kippur break-fast, and most importantly, people with whom to celebrate. GRAPEJUICE empowers us to welcome and to be welcomed wherever we are, geographically, demographically, spiritually, or Jewishly.
    email - web - facebook - donate

    HINENI HIGH HOLIDAYS FOR THE HOME BOUND

    SPIRITUAL, CULTURE
    Founder Cheri Weiss

    Provides 2016 CD recording of "HINENI: Music for the High Holy Days" free to homebound or hospital-bound seniors and others with disabilities and to Chaplains, Rabbis, Social Workers and other care providers who can bring High Holy Days to those in need of Jewish spirituality.
    email - web - read about - donate

    HON NASHI

    WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT
    Founders Orni Gov & Judy Stanigar

    An empowerment network for Israeli women. Meetings and coaching in Hebrew.
    email - facebook - web - donate

     

     

    JEWISH WOMENS MOSAIC

    COMMUNITY
    Founder Carina Rock

    We create a space/מקום for Jewish women of all streams and denominations to come together learn from each other and find connection through celebrating a common heritage. By utilizing discussion, art and creative non-coercive learning forums, we are creating a safe place of meeting where true connection and respect for the other will be achieved.
    email - web - facebook - donate

    KESHER KEF

    EDUCATION, CULTURE
    Founder Orli Moses

    K-5th Jewish enrichment in Hebrew with shuttle from school, field trips and service learning
    email - register - facebook donate

    KOL CALIFORNIA

    CULTURE
    Founder Gady Amour
    Tech Advisor: Roey Kruvi

    A unique use of internet radio to build community community for Jewish and Israeli in Southern California as a virtual meeting and regular social activity through Hebrew music and poetry.
    email - web - facebook - donate

    TNUA

    EDUCATION, CULTURE
    Founder Lillian Elbaz

    Preschool, K-8 Jewish & Israeli dance troupe, classes, camps and Israeli children's shows
    email - web - donate

    QUIRKS WHO CARE

    SOCIAL VENTURE
    Founder Masha Evpak and Lena Kaplun

    A social justice-minded group of individuals who come together for passion projects that help our community. Current topics: destigmatization, mental health, body positivity, confidence -building, and resources for grief.
    email - web - facebook - donate

    URBAN KIBBUTZ SD

    COMMUNITY
    Founder Aviva Angel

    A Jewish intentional community in San Diego. Living together, the community will be comprised of about 25 apartments, with shared common areas. The community will share dinner nightly and celebrate Jewish holidays and customs.
    email - web - facebook - donate

    YAAANA

    EDUCATION, CULTURE
    Founder Joanna Mazurkiewicz

    YAAANA’s mission is to promote Yiddish language culture through academic and artistic events and through Yiddish food. The events are multigenerational and aimed not only at preservation but also advancement of Yiddishkeit.
    email - web - facebook - donate

  • EVENTS

    Be a part of transforming Jewish San Diego

  • HANDS ON

    Seeking Ideas, Founders, Advisors, Funders

  • LEADERSHIP

    We're here to support you!

    Jennie Starr

    CEO/Founder

    Jennie practiced law and lead sales and product teams at Lexis-Nexis, Gateway, and startups MusicMatch (sold to Yahoo) and MedUnite (sold to ProxyMed) before founding Tarbuton, an education and community focused nonprofit offering Israeli cultural programs. Tarbuton was recognized by Slingshot as a top innovative organization in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Jennie has a BA from Northwestern University, MA from the University of Illinois, and a JD from Washington University in St. Louis.

    Joanne Fogel

    Accounting & Resource Manager

    Joanne has twenty years of experience in Human Resources and Accounting with CSC, Computer Sciences Corporation, Next Generation IT Infrastructure Services and Solutions. Joanne has worked with Tarbuton and Startup18 since 2014. She has a BA from University of California, Santa Cruz and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

    Bob Goldfarb

    Advisor

    Bob is the President of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, a fiscal sponsor for dozens of nonprofit projects related to Jewish culture and Israeli arts. He has decades of nonprofit-management experience in media, music publishing and Jewish journalism. Bob held senior management positions at KUSC and the former KFAC in Los Angeles, was Director of U.S. Operations for Teldec, then a unit of Time Warner, and GM of Conifer Records USA, now under Sony/BMG. Bob is a graduate of Harvard College and earned an MBA at Harvard Business School.

    Danielle Rugoff

    Advisor

    Danielle is the Director of Development, Major Gifts at Hillel International. She served as statewide Director, for Senator Florence Shapiro, worked as Marketing Manager for startup Consumer Club DBA, then as the Area Director for American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Dallas, Fort Worth, North Texas, and Oklahoma. Danielle founded Makom, a dynamic young Jewish community which was recognized by Slingshot as a top innovative organization in 2014. Danielle earned a BA at University of Texas at Austin.

    Heather Wolfson

    Advisor

    Heather Wolfson is currently the Chief Program Officer at the Jewish Federation in San Diego. Previously, she was a nonprofit management consultant and the part-time Managing Director of the Avi Schaefer Fund. Prior, she served as the Western Regional Director for NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation, worked for MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation. She is a member of the ROI Community, has participated in the Emma and Jeremiah (Progressive Jewish Alliance/Bend the Arc) Fellowships and serves on local community committees. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a dual B.A. in journalism and communication and her M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University.

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