Free Ideas! Get ‘Em While They’re Hot (Part 1 of 3)

2 07 2011

We all have epiphanies and moments of genius, but most of us don’t bother to share them or write them down.  I love coming up with creative ideas that excite people, are practical and offer up something a little bit different.

Some people feel that ideas are worthless unless you do the leg work to put them into practice.  That’s an entrepreneurial perspective, and I understand it.  But it almost doesn’t matter to me whether my ideas are already in practice.  The process of generating something from nothing – even in the theoretical realm – is exciting.  Here are three ideas that I’ve drummed up this past month (spread out over three posts):

Chabad on Wheels Honeymoon Fellowship

Chabad is an international outreach movement that provides religious and cultural Jewish programming all around the globe.  Each Chabad center is independently run (usually by a young, married Orthodox Jewish couple) and is self-funded.  Most Chabad programs are free and each Chabad couple spends hours upon hours running prayer services, teaching Hebrew school, tending to lifecycle events, creating summer camps and hosting community members in their home – among other responsibilities.  Work often takes over their private lives and many could use a vacation, but taking that time off would leave their communities in the lurch. This makes vacations infrequent and difficult to plan.

Chabad Logo - I Could Design 'Em Up Something Snazzy For My New Idea  :-)

Chabad Logo - I Could Design 'Em Up Something Snazzy For My New Idea 🙂

Enter my idea:  The Chabad Headquarters funds the purchase of an RV as the investment and start-up cost for the creation of the “Chabad on Wheels Honeymoon Fellowship”. The fellowship provides one (or two or three!) lucky couples with a one-time stipend to cover basic food and living expenses for the year… along with the honeymoon of a lifetime – an all-expense paid trip to see the country!  Twenty-six local Chabad centers chip in toward the stipend and the couple travels around the U.S., alleviating each local couple’s responsibilities for one to two weeks.

Win:  The local Chabad couple gets a much needed vacation and comes back to the job rejuvenated.  Win:  The lucky traveling couples get the adventure of a lifetime along with a lot of experience and the completion of a prestigious fellowship.  Win:  The local community gets their needs taken care of and is introduced to fresh faces and new energy by the traveling scholars / couple.  Win:  Chabad gets great publicity and improves the quality of their outreach, their programs and the experience of their shluchim (emissaries) with a minimal start-up cost.

Brilliant, if I do say so myself.  Chabad, are you listening?

The Awesome Chabad Rabbi Dovie Shapiro Lighting Chanukah Candles by Grand Canyon - Dovie is the Rabbi at the Flagstaff Chabad.  He's great and gave my idea two thumbs up!

The Awesome Chabad Rabbi Dovie Shapiro Lighting Chanukah Candles by Grand Canyon - Dovie is the Rabbi at the Flagstaff Chabad. He's great and gave my idea two thumbs up!

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5 responses

2 07 2011
Briana

Great idea! I can’t wait to great your others. 🙂

2 07 2011
Briana

Great idea! I can’t wait to hear your others. 🙂

7 07 2011
ayo

Thanks, dear! What are YOUR crazy ideas?

2 07 2011
Talia

I like that idea. I’d be willing to be funded to do that… but I don’t think Chabad would hire us…

7 07 2011
ayo

You never know… But you guys could totally snag this if the OU created some sort of traveling couple fellowship. Pitch it!

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