The Greenhouse

  • New York

About Us

The Greenhouse, an initiative of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, is a newly launched social impact design lab for NYC Jewish teens and their peers teaching critical thinking, creative problem solving, storytelling, design thinking, and social entrepreneurship, all through the lens of Jewish wisdom, stories, rituals and people.


The Greenhouse is a platform for Jewish teens and their peers to connect with inspiring educators, activists, artists, authors, and entrepreneurs to learn about themselves and their community, to wrestle with life’s big questions, and to take action in the world through a range of program offerings. At its core, The Greenhouse offers events and workshops open to all Jewish teens and their peers in New York City, and also includes four-month Immersive Design Lab and Travel Experiences around the United States and globally for smaller cohorts of teens. Driven by digital and in-person experiences, The Greenhouse meets teens where they are currently and equips them with the skills, network, and experiences to become engaged and active leaders.


Our​ ​Values:

The program experiences, design challenges, and tangible solutions to sprout out from The Greenhouse are fueled by a powerful set of shared beliefs, and deliberate values.


We Believe in…

  • Designing​ ​for​ ​the​ ​learners,​ ​change-makers,​ ​and​ ​influencers​ ​of​ ​tomorrow​
  • Inviting​ ​participation​ ​and​ ​co-creation​
  • Inspiring​ ​a​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​purpose​
  • Instilling​ ​a​ ​powerful​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​community​
  • Embracing​ ​a​ ​culture​ ​of​ ​inclusivity​

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