Shawn Landres

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J. Shawn Landres (born 1972 in Los Angeles, California) is a social entrepreneur and independent scholar, and local civic leader, known primarily for applied research related to faith-based social innovation and community development. As the co-founder of Jumpstart, a nonprofit philanthropic research organization,[1][2] he has worked with the White House on Jewish affairs and issues related to faith-based social enterprise.[3][4][5][6] The Jewish Daily Forward named Landres to its annual list of the 50 most influential American Jews in 2009.[7]

In 2013-14, Landres chaired the research team and co-authored five of Jumpstart’s six Connected to Give reports, which “map[ped] the landscape of charitable giving by Americans of different faith traditions.”[8][9] Connected to Give was credited by Indiana University as a “breakthrough finding” distinguishing giving to religious congregations and giving to “religiously identified organizations.”[10]

In 2016 Landres co-authored “The Generosity Gap: Donating Less in Post-Recession Los Angeles County”[11][12][13] for the California Community Foundation and the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, described as a model for research on locally focused giving [14]

A co-founder (with Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman) of Synagogue 3000's Synagogue Studies Institute,[15] Landres is credited with creating the term "Jewish Emergent," which describes new spiritual Jewish communities that have an institutional dynamic in which "relationship, not contract or program, is the driving metaphor;” the term “Jewish Emergent” reflects similarities in organizing philosophy with a parallel movement in the Christian church.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23] A 2007 report Landres co-authored with sociologist Steven M. Cohen and others linked Jewish Emergent communities to social networking rather than institutional structures.[24] They argued that "Jewish Emergent" encompasses both the independent minyan movement (which was supported by Synagogue 3000)[25] and so-called "rabbi-led emergent" communities such as IKAR and Kavana Cooperative.[26] In 2006, Landres co-convened the first gathering of Emergent church and "Jewish Emergent" leaders in a meeting[27][28] co-led by theologian Tony Jones, who recounted the episode in one of his books.[29] In 2016, a network of rabbi-led emergent communities established the Jewish Emergent Network, crediting Landres for coining the concept behind its name.[30]

In July 2012, the White House invited Landres, representing Jumpstart, to speak as a "spotlight innovator" at its Faith-Based Social Innovators Conference.[31][32][33][34]

In 2013 Landres was awarded the Liberty Hill Foundation’s NextGen Leadership Award.[31] The Southern California Leadership Network named him as one of its 30th anniversary “30-in-30” alumni honorees in 2017.[35]

Landres chairs the Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission[35][36][37] and is vice chair of its Productivity Investment Board.[38]

In 2018, Landres was appointed to the City of Santa Monica Planning Commission and currently chairs the commission as of 2021.[39][40] Prior to his planning commission appointment, Landres had chaired the City of Santa Monica’s Social Services Commission,[32] where he focused on homelessness[41][42][43] and on accounting for social services in land-use planning.[44] He is a member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Financial Oversight Committee. [45] Previously he chaired the Santa Monica Public Library’s Innovation Technology Task Force.[46][47]

UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs appointed him as a Civil Society Fellow in 2015 and as a Senior Fellow in 2016.[48][49] He serves on the board of directors of the Santa Monica Bay Area Human Relations Council [50] and is a founding organizing committee member of Jews United for Democracy and Justice, formed in response to "rising threats to religious tolerance, equal rights, a free and fair press, human dignity, and long-held norms of decency and civil society."[51]

Landres graduated from Columbia University in 1994 and received a master's degrees from Oxford in Social Anthropology and the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Religious Studies, as well as a Doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.[52][53] Landres' work on ethnographic methodology has been cited in handbooks for the study of the sociology of religion.[54][55][56] In 2004, Landres took a public role in shaping the interreligious response to the film The Passion of the Christ.[57][58][59][60][61]

Bill Clinton has identified him as the "young man" who suggested "Don't Stop" as the future president's 1992 campaign theme song.[62][63]

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  1. ^ Kaplan, E. (2009). Jumpstart Nurtures Innovation, Focused on Social Entrepreneurs. Jewish Journal, November 16.
  2. ^ West, Melanie Grayce. (2013). Young Jews Courted as Donors. The Wall Street Journal, August 31.
  3. ^ Harris, J. (2009). My Trip to the White House., May 21 (blog post).
  4. ^ White House party to celebrate Jewish culture. The Baltimore Sun, May 27, 2010.
  5. ^ Hoffman, A. (2010). Obama Fetes the Jews. Tablet, May 28.
  6. ^ rabbiyonah. (2010). Jewlicious Heritage Month at White House. Jewlicious (blog), May 28.
  7. ^ ""Forward 50, 2009," The Jewish Daily Forward". November 11, 2009.
  8. ^ "About Connected to Give". Connected to Give. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  9. ^ "Religious Americans Give More, New Study Finds". The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  10. ^ url= |title=Women Give 2014, page 9
  11. ^ "The Generosity Gap - California Community Foundation's Centennial Celebration Website". California Community Foundation’s Centennial Celebration Website. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  12. ^ Walton, Alice. "L.A. residents giving significantly less to charity, study finds". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  13. ^ Radio, Southern California Public (2016-06-03). "The Generosity Gap: Charitable giving is down in LA county". Southern California Public Radio. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  14. ^ "Charitable Giving in Los Angeles Declines Considerably as Big Dollars Go Elsewhere - Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly". Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  15. ^ "New Field of ‘synagogue Studies’ Addresses Changes in Jewish Life." Jewish Telegraphic Agency, November 6, 2006.
  16. ^ Shiflett, Dave. (2006). Getting Hip to Religion. The Wall Street Journal, February 24.
  17. ^ Landres, J. Shawn (June 1, 2006). "The Emerging Spiritual Paradigm". Sh'ma Journal.
  18. ^ Shawn Landres, J.; Bolger, R. K. (1 July 2007). "Emerging Patterns of Interreligious Conversation: A Christian-Jewish Experiment". The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 612 (1): 225–239. doi:10.1177/0002716207301563. S2CID 145807010.
  19. ^ Brown, S. P. (2006). Emergent Jews. Jewish Journal, January 26.
  20. ^ Brown, S. P. (2006). Emergent Network Could Help Define Synagogue. Jewish Journal, December 1.
  21. ^ Bronznick, S. (2009). Visioning Justice and the American Jewish Community. New York: Nathan Cummings Foundation. Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ Banerjee, Neela. (2007). Challenging Tradition, Young Jews Worship on Their Own Terms. The New York Times, November 28.
  23. ^ Fishkoff, S. (2007). Minyan study: Jews pray on own terms. Jewish Telegraphic Agency, November 30.
  24. ^ Cohen, S. M., Landres, J. S., Kaunfer, E., & Shain, M. (2007). Emergent Jewish communities and their participants: Preliminary findings from the 2007 National Spiritual Communities Study. New York: S3K Synagogue Studies Institute and Mechon Hadar.
  25. ^ Turned off by Traditional Services, Young Jews Form New Prayer Groups." Jewish Telegraphic Agency, September 12, 2006.
  26. ^ Tu, J. I. (2007). Queen Anne Jewish community goes its own way Archived 2014-08-12 at the Wayback Machine. Seattle Times, September 12.
  27. ^ Winston, D. (2006). Religious Progressives: The Next Generation. Los Angeles Times, February 5.
  28. ^ Flaccus, Gillian. (2006.) Disillusioned Jews, Christians share ideas on 'emergent' faith. (Associated Press.) Orange County Register, January 21.
  29. ^ Jones, Tony. (2008). The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier". Jossey-Bass. See also Chia, L. (2010). Emerging faith boundaries: bridge-building, inclusion, and the emerging church movement in America (Doctoral dissertation, University of Missouri--Columbia). See also Haji, R., & Lalonde, R. N. (2012). Interreligious Communication. In Giles, H. (Ed.). The Handbook of Intergroup Communication. London: Routledge, p. 285.
  30. ^ "Jewish Emergent Network". Jewish Emergent Network. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  31. ^ Anderson, R. (2012). Spiritually Speaking: Faith-based is non-partisan. Eden Prairie News, August 5.
  32. ^ Kampeas, Ron. (2012). Repair the World, Jewish Jumpstart join White House faith-based forum. Jewish Telegraphic Agency, July 12.
  33. ^ Vandeventer, P. (2012). Of Wedges and Willing Allies. Community Partners blog, July.
  34. ^ Jumpstart Co-founder Shawn Landres at the White House - July 11, 2012 on Vimeo
  35. ^ "Shawn Landres - Week 5: 30-in-30 honoree - Southern California Leadership Network". Southern California Leadership Network. 2017-05-11. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  36. ^ "LA County Chair of Quality and Productivity Commission - Santa Monica Mirror". Santa Monica Mirror. 2017-01-20. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  37. ^ Torok, Ryan (2017-02-02). "Moving & Shaking: Pico Shul goes skiing, BJE and AFOBIS celebrate — Jewish Journal". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  38. ^ "Productivity Investment Board". Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  39. ^ "Shawn Landres Appointed to Santa Monica Planning Commission". Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  40. ^ Dixson, Brennon (2021-06-08). "Commissioners discuss densifying R1 neighborhoods". Santa Monica Daily Press. Retrieved 2021-06-23.
  41. ^ "Santa Monica Backs County Sales Tax for Homeless Services". Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  42. ^ "Locals can provide free money". Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  43. ^ Torok, Ryan (2017-09-14). "Moving & Shaking: Mike Burstyn's directorial debut, Rabbi Jon Hanish honored and more". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  44. ^ "Social Services are part of planning". Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  45. ^ "SMMUSD :: Fiscal & Business Services :: Financial DAC Members". Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  46. ^ Newsroom, UCLA. "Shawn Landres serving as Luskin School Civil Society Fellow". UCLA Newsroom. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  47. ^ "Innovation Technology Task Force". Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  48. ^ Newsroom, UCLA. "Shawn Landres serving as Luskin School Civil Society Fellow". UCLA Newsroom. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  49. ^ Luskin, UCLA (2017-07-31), A Salute to the 2016-17 Luskin Senior Fellows, retrieved 2018-02-02
  50. ^ "HRC Board of Directors". Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  51. ^ Arom, Eitan (2017-02-28). "Broad-based L.A. Jewish coalition forms to respond to Trump actions — Jewish Journal". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  52. ^ Quality and Productivity Commission
  53. ^ Landres, J. Shawn (May 2005). "Renewing American Judaism at the Root". Columbia College Today. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  54. ^ Landres, JS; Spickard, JV; McGuire, MB (2002). Personal Knowledge and Beyond. New York University Press.
  55. ^ Spickard, J. V. (2007). Micro qualitative approaches to the sociology of religion: phenomenologies, interviews, narratives, and ethnographies. The Sage handbook of the sociology of religion. London: Sage, 121-143.
  56. ^ Roof, W. C. (2011). Research design. In Stausberg, M., & Engler, S. (Eds.). The Routledge handbook of research methods in the study of religion (pp. 68-80).London, UK: Routledge.
  57. ^ Landres, JS; Berenbaum, M (2004). After The Passion is Gone: American Religious Consequences. Rowman Altamira.
  58. ^ Landres, J.S. (2004). "Passion" Response Dos and Don'ts. Jewish Journal, February 12.
  59. ^ "Who Really Killed Jesus?" (2004). Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, February 20.
  60. ^ Gruber, R. E. (2004). Nun who inspired Gibson’s ‘Passion’ may become a saint. Jewish Telegraphic Agency /, October 8.
  61. ^ Landres, J.S., & Berenbaum, M. (2004). Diskuse o Gibsonove 'Utrpneni krista' [in Czech]. Dingir 2/2004.
  62. ^ Clinton, Bill (2005). My Life. Vintage. p. 368. ISBN 978-1400030033.
  63. ^ "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow". Clinton '92 Campaign Reunion. C-SPAN. Sep 30, 2011.

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