web analytics
October 1, 2014 / 7 Tishri, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



Threshold Incubator Gives Educators the Business


It’s Thursday night and the presentation hall at the Hebrew University Givat Ram campus is full of energy and verve.

It’s Thursday night and the presentation hall at the Hebrew University Givat Ram campus is full of energy and verve.
Photo Credit: David Goldberger

Welcome to the Threshold (www.Threshold.org.il), a Jewish educational entrepreneurship incubator in Israel, an incubator to help educators not only thrive financially in Israel, but do what they do best – educate.

It’s Thursday night and the presentation hall at the Hebrew University Givat Ram campus is full of energy and verve. As each presenter complete their 50 second “elevator pitch” about the venture they’re launching, the room explodes in supportive cheers and applause. “Come talk to me!” is the catchphrase nearly each speaker ends with, to a room full of fellow entrepreneurs, mentors, coaches and perhaps investors.

The idea is surprisingly simple, as explained to me by Threshold founder, Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz:

Too often, English-speaking Olim with a background in education find that job opportunities in Israel in their fields are limited because of language, demand and opportunity.

The goal of Threshold is to provide educators with the tools they need to step outside the box and create their own education-based opportunities and not rely on existing, more limited frameworks.

Fifteen Fellows were accepted to the first round of the program, and they spent the past six months developing technologies, business ideas, and, in some cases, actual businesses.

A few venture ideas stood out.

Tiyul B’Aretz (www.tiyulbaretz.org) is for college students who want to study in Israel, but don’t have the inclination (or ability) to sit in a classroom. All of Israel is the classroom for Tiyul B’Aretz and its experiential learning program. Participating students actually receive college credits in this MASA-sponsored program for touring and experiencing Israel in the field.

Super Slav Quail Farm (www.MoshavMesorah.com), brought the birds with them. I’m not sure what the connection to education was, but these guys are planning on building a kosher quail (and game) farm, and hope to introduce quail into the gourmet market.

Shabbat of a Lifetime (www.ShabbatofaLifetime.com) is already launched and profitable.

Anyone who’s been to the Kotel on Friday night knows who Jeff Seidel is. He’s the guy that finds and sends unaffiliated Jews to people’s homes for a Friday night meal, introducing them this way to their Jewish heritage.

Shabbat of a Lifetime (not affiliated with Seidel) has taken that concept and turned it into a business that targets tour groups and individuals visiting Israel, giving them the opportunity to have an authentic Shabbat experience with a Jewish family.

Shabbat of a Lifetime’s goal is to teach visitors about Israel, Judaism, and even do a little Hasbarah (promotion) along the way.

Schneider Learning: Al Pi Darko is a tool for schools and educators to help test and advance their students’ Torah learning based on those students’ individual needs.

It begins with a diagnostic test that maps each student’s strengths and weaknesses, and then automatically builds tailored programs to help advance them to the level at which they need to be.

The simplest example would be if a student had trouble reading Rashi script. The diagnostic test would recognize that, and the program would then concentrate on helping the student gain that missing skill.

The program has already passed a successful 200 student pilot and I can see this becoming a standardized tool in the Yeshiva system.

The last venture that stood out was the New Jerusalem Talmud Project (www.NewJerusalemTalmud.org). A fascinating idea, it was one of those things for which you simply can’t see any immediate and obvious commercial application for it, but you know someone eventually will.

It’s essentially a Wiki laid out like a Gemorah page. But unlike a wiki which is about knowledge, NJT is about taking actual arguments and displaying all the sides and disagreements in a graphically organized manner, so you can trace the argument components and structure, breaking it down until you can see what and where the real points of disagreement actually are.

I recommend that you frequent the Threshold website for news of upcoming ventures. It’s sure to revive your faith in Jewish ingenuity — and in faith.

About the Author: Stephen's company, WebAds, builds and manages online newspapers and websites to high volume readership and profitability.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Threshold Incubator Gives Educators the Business”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
B'Tselem ran a campaign this summer attacking Israel for its actions when searching for the missing Israeli teenagers. They called the campaign, "Hitching a Ride."
Israeli AG: Anti-Israel NGO Can Utilize National Service Volunteers
Latest News Stories
B'Tselem ran a campaign this summer attacking Israel for its actions when searching for the missing Israeli teenagers. They called the campaign, "Hitching a Ride."

B’Tselem is once again able to use Israel’s national service volunteers to attack Israel’s efforts at self-defense and sovereignty.

Loyold U. of Chicago Stuidents for Justice for Palestine group was suspended for a grand total of seven days,

The soft-glove approach to campus anti-Zionists is more like a pat on the back.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Netanyahu had a lot to say to Ban, but there is no indication if anyone listened.

A Hareidi man performs the Kaparos ceremony for his son, in Beitar. The ritual, which some consider controversial, is performed before Yom Kippur, as part of the repentance process. A chicken is gently raised and waved over the head of a family member or yourself. The person performing the ritual says the following statement (or […]

BDS failed to #StoptheBoat at the Port of Long Beach. The ZIM Shanghai unloaded / reloaded and sailed on without a hitch.

‘Jews Against Genocide’ pervert the Ice Bucket Challenge into a “blood bucket” attack on the IDF.

An Israeli was lightly injured in a Arab drive-by attack near Ofra.

To defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war.

Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted murderer of a Philly cop, was chosen as college commencement speaker.

Israeli transportation and tourism employees will carry out a work slowdown on Wednesday in solidarity with striking postal workers.

Wartime makes the strangest bedfellows. Iran and the United States are both equipping the Lebanese army to protect the country against ISIS.

Afek Oil and Gas has been blocked from drilling for oil on the Golan Heights, at least for now.

A 30-year-old man is listed in serious condition after setting himself afire at the Savion Junction in central Israel on Tuesday.

A Muslim football player was penalized in Kansas City for offering a quick prayerful gesture of thanks after scoring a touchdown for his team.

The Zim Shanghai moored a short while ago at the Port of Los Angeles.

More Articles from Stephen Leavitt
Chagall Shofar

5774 was notable for the national unity the Jewish people achieved. 5775 will bring with it new challenges we must be prepared to face.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event.

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event

There’s a battle going on for Jerusalem’s soul, and Cinema City proves you don’t need to compromise on Shabbat or Kashrut to be a success.

A soldier called up to talk to my 5 year old son…

Your generous donations are helping soldiers continue their search for the kidnapped boys. Thank you.

Please give a donation. It goes to support our IDF soldiers searching for Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel.

Why is the state of Israel so afraid to apply sovereignty over Judaism’s most holiest site, and what can we do about it?

Our servers were overwhelmed yesterday by an article picked up on the Drudge Report. We love that!

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/threshold-incubator-gives-educators-the-business/2012/07/02/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: