The following case studies illustrate the breadth and depth of our partnerships and represent just a small sample of a diverse and varied programme of funding.
When Jewish Interactive first started I knocked on many doors. Only JHub opened theirs wide, provided the help I needed and environment to flourish amongst other inspirational organisations. We are now working with 98 schools in the UK alone, impacting thousands of children. We simply would not be where we are today without them.Chana Katzen,
UK Director of Jewish Interactive
For me, JHub is a physical space that embodies the values of the Pears Foundation perfectly: it's a professional space that is proudly Jewish without being parochial; a learning space that is constantly refining itself and growing; a passionate space that has a can-do attitude, and most of all, a socially conscious space where people are just doing their small bit to repair the world in whatever way they can.Shoshana Boyd Gelfand
JHub is the Foundation’s only operating programme and embodies Pears Foundation’s commitment to faith identity as a positive force for British society. The Foundation’s aim is for JHub to be a model of a faith-based space which is proudly Jewish without being parochial. In addition to promoting a positive, outward-looking and confident British Jewish community, JHub’s residency and professional development programmes are open to all Pears Foundation partners, exemplifying the Foundation’s commitment to providing support that goes further than grants.
The flagship project of JHub is its residency programme, which supports small charities and selected Foundation projects by providing physical space in an open-plan setting that encourages interaction and peer learning between organisations. JHub also offers residents seed funding and organisational development consultancy, supporting them to grow responsibly and sustainably and helping their founders and directors to develop skills and tools for leadership.
Since JHub was established in 2008 it has incubated and exited a number of successful organsiations including Tzedek, Mitzvah Day, The Bike Project and the UK Task Force on issues relating to Arab Citizens of Israel. Other current JHub residents – such as Moishe House, PJ Library and Jewish Interactive – are part of a global network of innovative organisations experimenting with building community and Jewish identity. Still others are initiatives started by Pears Foundation, such as First Give and OLAM. Through JHub, Pears Foundation provides all of these organisations with the resources, support and space they need to develop and thrive.
Resident organisations are not the only ones to benefit from JHub. JHub’s professional development programme is open to all Pears partners in the form of workshops, surgeries and masterclasses offering a mixture of technical skills training and more reflective workshops focusing on teamwork, problem-solving and leadership.
In addition, JHub provides thought-leadership through its own innovative project, JDOV. Inspired by TED Talks, JDOV is an online video project that invites inspiring speakers to share their Jewish Dreams, Observations, and Visions. Over a hundred videos currently sit on the website, creating a unique online space for reflection and inspiration on issues of identity.