What's YOUR Idea?

Shtark Tank inspires and supports student creativity and innovation. Students pitch orignal ideas to a panel of business and Jewish leaders. In total, students have received over $40,000 in funding for their ideas. Here are some previous winners.

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Bnot Sinai

Tamar Beer (Stern College) create Bnot Sinai, a women’s summer beit midrash program in New York. Her mission is to provide young women with the opportunity to expand their minds and reach great heights in their Torah knowledge.

The Shabbat Project

Neima Pollak (Stern College) and Yakir Zwebner (University of Chicago) created this program to help enliven the Shabbat experience on college campuses with smaller Jewish communities. Groups of students travel all around the country sharing the joy of Shabbat with their peers.

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Faces of Israel

Sarit Sandler (Florida State University) traveled to Israel to create this mini docu-series about the diversity of Israeli people. Sarit founded Mango Soul Productions, connecting souls around the world, one video at a time.

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Israeli Design

Racheli Weiss (Fashion Institute of Technology) hosted an evening of Israeli design and culture. The event brought together a number of prominent Israeli designers to showcase their work and discuss the Israeli roots of their art.

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Shabbos in the Woods

Ben Nechmad (Rutgers University) created this program to allow students the opportunity to rejuvinate, meditate and connect over Shabbat in nature.

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The Kumsitz Project

Tani Polansky (Yeshiva University) is working to unite the Jewish world through the power of the kumsitz: Torah, music and food.


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Sarit Sandler (Florida State University) is producing this documentary video project. It is a campaign video to create an open dialogue between Muslims and Jews in a fun, entertaining and educational way.


Debate Midrash

Jordan Cohen, Jared Feingold and Jared Dallas are developing this program at Johns Hopkins University: a curriculum of Jewish learning based on great ethical debates. They will be hosting learning events throughout the year.

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Gil Domb (Arizona State University) hosted a series of mitzvah days for students on campus, parallel to the NCAA basketball tournament. Winners received a free trip to study in Israel!

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Beyond the Bagel

Benji Dukas, Leora Troy and Isaac Dayan (University of Pennsylvania) are learning about Jewish history and culture through the lens of food: hosting meals highlighting different ethnic Jewish foods, speakers and music.