Cooking Up Big Ideas in The Kitchen

photo by Ignacio Palomo Duarte
photo by Ignacio Palomo Duarte

Can you create spaces for people to gather and do Jewish things together that are meaningful, inspirational, and well-designed? Can Judaism be curated? These were questions that Fund grantee The Kitchen wanted to understand. A small group of us pondered these questions over two days with IDEO, the global design and innovation firm based in San Francisco. It was eye-opening to be guided through a process that allowed us to explore the intersection of religion, design, social justice, and community building. Big ideas that were distilled to colorful post-it notes. Many, many post-it notes. Congratulations to Rabbi Noa Kushner and Executive Director Yoav Schlesinger for asking the questions and for setting our community compass in a new direction.

Jessica Carew Kraft’s article shares some of the insights gleaned.

The Kitchen is funded through our Jewish Life program, which seeks to foster a vibrant, inclusive Jewish community in the Bay Area with opportunities for engagement in Jewish life and participation in the broader pluralistic society. Read more and browse our grantmaking in this area.

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