The following post is an article from the Jweekly, written by Emma Silvers (j. staff)
On the sixth floor of an office building in San Francisco’s Financial District, in a boardroom at the back of a bright, spacious office, Rabbi Noa Kushner is doing something most people don’t generally think of rabbis doing: asking for guidance.
“You talk, I’ll type,” a consultant from UpStart Bay Area says to her. “Looking ahead six months, what are your main goals?”
Kushner is the founding rabbi of The Kitchen, a 16-month-old group that describes itself as “one part indie Shabbat community, one part San Francisco experiment, and one part tool kit for DIY Jewish practice.” The rabbi has regular meetings at UpStart to talk about where her young organization is headed.
UpStart Bay Area bills itself as “a social venture, consulting firm, and incubator for innovative Jewish organizations and entrepreneurs” — and Kushner is far from the only one who uses its services.
Since 2006, she and a select group of other local entrepreneurial Jews — many of them young, all of them with innovative and often great ideas — have been chosen to link with UpStart and learn how to translate those ideas into action.