The Jewish Federation of St. Louis has teamed up with The Mission Center L3C and Washington University’s Skandalaris Center to create the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Accelerating Community Entrepreneurs (JFACE). JFACE provides Jewish-specific support to St. Louis entrepreneurs.

After a rigorous application process, nine members of the St. Louis Jewish community were chosen to become the “2016 Jewish Community Cohort” and participate in regular, Jewish-specific programming, including one-on-one coaching and “cohort collaboratives”. The Cohort will also be exposed to a network of entrepreneurs who have learned about social entrepreneurship and innovation directly in relation to issues specific to the Jewish community.

This year’s Cohort is working on a wide variety of businesses. Chris Hamm, Daniel Buchalter, Daniel Movitz, and Gabriela Szteinberg have created Kosher Food Truck. Kosher Food Truck aims to solve food insecurity in the Jewish community by using a “buy one, give one” model.

Molly Fink is working on Sound Advice, an application that tests people’s hearing, educates them on what constitutes as a viable hearing aid option, and matches them with the nearest certified audiologist in their area.

Nosson Spielberg’s Cycling Venture is a mobile bike unit that will travel to neighborhoods, schools and community centers to combat obesity and promote a healthy lifestyle among children.

WashU alum Yaira Gordon is developing Rozzy and Friends, an educational company that designs toys and books to teach young children about careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields.

Learn more about JFACE at their website.