Joshua Venture comes back to life after four-year hiatus, looks for new fellows

Joshua Venture, which was founded in San Francisco 11 years ago, has resurfaced in New York after a five-year hiatus. The new name for the organization is Joshua Venture Group.

When it existed from 1998 to 2005, Joshua Venture handed out grants and was known for supporting progressive, creative ventures that helped shape today’s Jewish landscape. It helped launch JDub Records, Sharsheret, Heeb Magazine and the S.F.-based Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation and New Jewish Filmmaking Project, among others.

During its four-year hiatus, the Joshua Venture Group restructured its management, governance, program and funding model, but its mission remains the same — to identify and cultivate emerging Jewish leaders and ideas through its fellowship program, which is currently seeking applications through Jan. 3. Fellows will be chosen and announced in April.

Eight Jewish social entrepreneurs from across the United States will be chosen for a two-year fellowship that provides $40,000 each year in early stage funding, training and resources.

Those interested can attend an information session led by JVG’s executive director, Lisa Lepson, 12 p.m. Nov. 13 at UpStart Bay Area, 88 First St., Suite 500, San Francisco; or 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Applications are available online at