Seven local agencies make Slingshot list

The Slingshot Fund’s eighth annual list of inspirational and innovative organizations in Jewish life in North America includes seven agencies based in the Bay Area.

Executive director Adam Berman of Urban Adamah

Released this week, the 2012-13 list identifies 50 organizations, selected from among hundreds of nominees, for their strength in four areas: innovation, impact, leadership and organizational efficiency. The list also includes 14 additional “standard bearers,” agencies that have been listed on at least five previous Slingshot lists.

One of the standard bearers is Oakland-based Moishe House, which helps Jews in their 20s create home-based Jewish communities around the world.

Bay Area agencies among the 50 are repeat honorees Be’chol Lashon, G-dcast and Wilderness Torah, and newcomers A Wider Bridge; Kevah: Making Space for Jewish Learning; and Urban Adamah. There are 16 other first-time honorees.

Women head 64 percent of the organizations and projects listed on this year’s list, an increase over the 50 percent average from 2007 through last year.

Executive director Sara Bamberger of Kevah

“Slingshot: A Resource Guide for Jewish Innovation” is distributed to 7,500 funders, foundation professionals and organizational leaders. Since its inception, Slingshot has highlighted 173 innovative Jewish organizations in North America.

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