Thursday, January 22, 2009

Suspiciously Jewish - Social Entrepreneurship

This is so wrong... but... Let's say you read a story. . . its about a girl, a young woman, who received a Masters of Social Work from Washington University (in St. Louis) and who now runs a Social Entrepreneurship project.

Is it wrong that I expect her to be Jewish?

Rebecca Kousky, founder of Nest, meets all of my ideals for having some Jewy-ness about her; she is clearly intelligent, articulate, and cares about the world around her. . . and all this without having actually met her!

Nest is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of women in developing countries. The mission of Nest is to support women artists and artisans in the developing world by helping them create sustainable entrepreneurial businesses. To do this, Nest provides micro-credit loans to be used for the purchase of the supplies and materials necessary to begin and/or maintain art or craft-based businesses.

How cool is that? This is the highest level of Tzedaka and Tikkun Olam on so many levels, I need to find out if my suspicions are correct.

It is completely ridiculous that I want/expect her to be Jewish given the work she is doing, but I still really want to know.

In fact, I'm going to be interviewing Rebecca tonight. Stay tuned for the Living Jews interview of Rebecca Kousky!


!JustDance said...

Ask her what this means on her website : "There are no Loan Recipient products in this category. " If the products are not created from women who are on loan, then by whom?


Unknown said...

ummm, someone take the computer away from Y? - your above post would be a hilarious start to your interview - but it can wait 24 hours till you talk to her - and who cares if she's jewish. If she's embodying Jewish ideals, then the StLouJew wants to read about her.