Five Bay Area agencies make Slingshots grade

The Bay Area is well represented on a new list of the most innovative Jewish groups in the United States, accounting for 10 percent of the 50 agencies and groups named.

Slingshot, a Zagat-style resource guide for donors, gave one of its nods to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival when it released its list Oct. 15. The acknowledgement came in the wake of intense scrutiny sparked by the festival’s inclusion of “Rachel” in this past summer’s programming.

Another first-timer on the list was the Institute for Curriculum Services, a joint project of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. ICS works directly with social studies textbook publishers to improve their books’ accuracy in content relating to Jews, Judaism and Israel.

The Hub at the JCC of San Francisco, which holds concerts, art shows, holiday festivals and other events that draw in young adults, rounds out the list of Bay Area first-timers.

Berkeley-based Jewish Milestones, a community resource for Jews preparing for lifecycle events, is on the Slingshot list for the fifth time.

Meanwhile, making its fourth appearance in the guide is San Francisco’s Jewish Partisan Educat-ional Foundation, which offers a “Resist” curriculum that teaches seventh- through 12th-grade students about the thousands of Jewish partisans who fought against the Nazis during the Holocaust.

JPEF was awarded a $40,000 grant from the Slingshot Fund, which supports creative organizations that often struggle to find support and attention from the established Jewish community.

This year, Slingshot awarded 10 such grants. JPEF was the only one in the Bay Area to receive such an award.

Slingshot was founded five years ago as an annual publication highlighting 50 pioneering Jewish agencies. The list is selected by members of Grand Street, a network of 18- to 28-year-olds who are or will soon be involved in their family’s philanthropy.

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