A Kick in the Pants for Jewish Projects

Kickstarter.com Offers New Fundraising Framework

Golden Years: ‘Oma and Bella’ documents the lives of the filmmaker’s grandmother, Oma (right), and her best friend.
Courtesy alexa karolinski
Golden Years: ‘Oma and Bella’ documents the lives of the filmmaker’s grandmother, Oma (right), and her best friend.

By Margaret Eby

Published November 19, 2012, issue of November 16, 2012.
  • Print
  • Share Share
  • Single Page

(page 5 of 5)

“My ideal knish? That’s one for the Talmud,” Noah Wildman jokes. And you can’t blame him for being indecisive: Wildman’s Knishery NYC churns out specialty knishes like butternut squash and pumpkin; potato and pastrami, and mango blueberry. Limited by a tiny New York City oven, Wildman turned to Kickstarter to ramp up the production of his toothsome Jewish classics, seeking $2,000 in funding to change his operation from a tiny in-house service to a full-blown knishmobile, distributing knishes once again through Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Meshugene Divas

$4,500 goal met May 14, 2011. $4,570 total, 122 backers.

Opera and Jewish traditional music might not sound like a combination that exists outside of your iTunes categories, but composer Osnat Netzer was determined to make it happen. Along with partner Derek David, he raised $4,570 to produce a concert of his hybrid creation, funding everything from the musicians’ fees to high-quality recordings to document the event. The show, Netzer says, went off without a hitch. “I think that the biggest advantage of also using Kickstarter is the amount of advertising and promotion that comes along with it. It’s the chance to get people aware, excited and involved in your project.”

Margaret Eby has contributed to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Slate and Salon, among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • What the foolish rabbi of Chelm teaches us about Israel and the Palestinian unity deal:
  • Mazel tov to Idina Menzel on making Variety "Power of Women" cover! http://jd.fo/f3Mms
  • "How much should I expect him and/or ask him to participate? Is it enough to have one parent reciting the prayers and observing the holidays?" What do you think?
  • New York and Montreal have been at odds for far too long. Stop the bagel wars, sign our bagel peace treaty!
  • Really, can you blame them?
  • “How I Stopped Hating Women of the Wall and Started Talking to My Mother.” Will you see it?
  • Taglit-Birthright Israel is redefining who they consider "Jewish" after a 17% drop in registration from 2011-2013. Is the "propaganda tag" keeping young people away?
  • Happy birthday William Shakespeare! Turns out, the Bard knew quite a bit about Jews.
  • Would you get to know racists on a first-name basis if you thought it might help you prevent them from going on rampages, like the recent shooting in Kansas City?
  • "You wouldn’t send someone for a math test without teaching them math." Why is sex ed still so taboo among religious Jews?
  • Russia's playing the "Jew card"...again.
  • "Israel should deal with this discrimination against Americans on its own merits... not simply as a bargaining chip for easy entry to the U.S." Do you agree?
  • For Moroccan Jews, the end of Passover means Mimouna. Terbhou ou Tse'dou! (good luck) How do you celebrate?
  • Calling all Marx Brothers fans!
  • What's it like to run the Palestine International Marathon as a Jew?
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.