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]

A co-founder (with Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman) of Synagogue 3000's Synagogue Studies Institute,[11] 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.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19] A 2007 report Landres co-authored with sociologist Steven M. Cohen and others linked Jewish Emergent communities to social networking rather than institutional structures.[20] They argued that "Jewish Emergent" encompasses both the independent minyan movement (which was supported by Synagogue 3000)[21] and so-called "rabbi-led emergent" communities such as IKAR and Kavana Cooperative.[22] In 2006, Landres co-convened the first gathering of Emergent church and "Jewish Emergent" leaders in a meeting[23][24] co-led by theologian Tony Jones, who recounted the episode in one of his books.[25] In 2016, a network of rabbi-led emergent communities established the Jewish Emergent Network, crediting Landres for coining the concept behind its name.[26]

In July 2012, the White House invited Landres, representing Jumpstart, to speak as a "spotlight innovator" at its Faith-Based Social Innovators Conference.[27][28][29][30]

In 2013 Landres was awarded the Liberty Hill Foundation’s NextGen Leadership Award.[31]

Landres currently chairs the City of Santa Monica’s Social Services Commission,[32] having previously chaired the Santa Monica Public Library’s Innovation Technology Task Force.[33][34] He is a commissioner on the Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission[35][36] and chairs Los Angeles County’s Productivity Investment Board.[37]

UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs appointed him as a Civil Society Fellow in 2015.[38] He chairs the board of Impact Hub Los Angeles,[39] part of the global network of co-working centers supporting social entrepreneurship.

Landres graduated from Columbia University and received a Masters 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.[40] Landres' work on ethnographic methodology has been cited in handbooks for the study of the sociology of religion.[41][42][43] In 2004, Landres took a public role in shaping the interreligious response to the film The Passion of the Christ.[44][45][46][47][48]

Bill Clinton has identified him as the "young man" who suggested "Don't Stop" as the future president's 1992 campaign theme song.[49][50]


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  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. Jewcy.com, 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.
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  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=https://philanthropy.iupui.edu/files/research/womengive14_final.pdf |title=Women Give 2014, page 9
  11. ^ "New Field of ‘synagogue Studies’ Addresses Changes in Jewish Life." Jewish Telegraphic Agency, November 6, 2006.
  12. ^ Shiflett, Dave. (2006). Getting Hip to Religion. The Wall Street Journal, February 24.
  13. ^ Landres, J. Shawn (June 1, 2006). "The Emerging Spiritual Paradigm". Sh'ma Journal. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Brown, S. P. (2006). Emergent Jews. Jewish Journal, January 26.
  16. ^ Brown, S. P. (2006). Emergent Network Could Help Define Synagogue. Jewish Journal, December 1.
  17. ^ Bronznick, S. (2009). Visioning Justice and the American Jewish Community. New York: Nathan Cummings Foundation. Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Banerjee, Neela. (2007). Challenging Tradition, Young Jews Worship on Their Own Terms. The New York Times, November 28.
  19. ^ Fishkoff, S. (2007). Minyan study: Jews pray on own terms. Jewish Telegraphic Agency, November 30.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ Turned off by Traditional Services, Young Jews Form New Prayer Groups." Jewish Telegraphic Agency, September 12, 2006.
  22. ^ Tu, J. I. (2007). Queen Anne Jewish community goes its own way. Seattle Times, September 12.
  23. ^ Winston, D. (2006). Religious Progressives: The Next Generation. Los Angeles Times, February 5.
  24. ^ Flaccus, Gillian. (2006.) Disillusioned Jews, Christians share ideas on 'emergent' faith. (Associated Press.) Orange County Register, January 21.
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ "Jewish Emergent Network". Jewish Emergent Network. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  27. ^ Anderson, R. (2012). Spiritually Speaking: Faith-based is non-partisan. Eden Prairie News, August 5.
  28. ^ Kampeas, Ron. (2012). Repair the World, Jewish Jumpstart join White House faith-based forum. Jewish Telegraphic Agency, July 12.
  29. ^ Vandeventer, P. (2012). Of Wedges and Willing Allies[dead link]. Community Partners blog, July.
  30. ^ Jumpstart Co-founder Shawn Landres at the White House - July 11, 2012 on Vimeo
  31. ^ "Santa Monica Resident to Receive Philanthropic Leadership Award From Liberty Hill Foundation". Santa Monica, CA Patch. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  32. ^ "Santa Monica's Social Services Commission supports 'ban the box'". Santa Monica Daily Press. 2016-01-27. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  33. ^ Newsroom, UCLA. "Shawn Landres serving as Luskin School Civil Society Fellow". UCLA Newsroom. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  34. ^ "Innovation Technology Task Force Recommendations to Library Strategic Plan". webcache.googleusercontent.com. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  35. ^ "Statement of Proceedings for the Regular Meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles" (PDF). August 6, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  36. ^ Hartog, K. (2013). Santa Monica Resident to Receive Philanthropic Leadership Award from Liberty Hill Foundation. Santa Monica Patch (santamonica.patch.com), September 4.
  37. ^ "Quality and Productivity Commission". qpc.co.la.ca.us. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  38. ^ Newsroom, UCLA. "Shawn Landres serving as Luskin School Civil Society Fellow". UCLA Newsroom. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  39. ^ "Team - Los Angeles". impacthubla.com. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  40. ^ Quality and Productivity Commission
  41. ^ Landres, JS; Spickard, JV; McGuire, MB (2002). Personal Knowledge and Beyond. New York University Press. 
  42. ^ 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.
  43. ^ 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.
  44. ^ Landres, JS; Berenbaum, M (2004). After The Passion is Gone: American Religious Consequences. Rowman Altamira. 
  45. ^ Landres, J.S. (2004). "Passion" Response Dos and Don'ts. Jewish Journal, February 12.
  46. ^ "Who Really Killed Jesus?" (2004). Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, February 20.
  47. ^ Gruber, R. E. (2004). Nun who inspired Gibson’s ‘Passion’ may become a saint. Jewish Telegraphic Agency / JWeekly.com, October 8.
  48. ^ Landres, J.S., & Berenbaum, M. (2004). Diskuse o Gibsonove 'Utrpneni krista' [in Czech]. Dingir 2/2004.
  49. ^ Clinton, Bill (2005). My Life. Vintage. p. 368. ISBN 978-1400030033. 
  50. ^ "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow". Clinton '92 Campaign Reunion. C-SPAN. Sep 30, 2011. 

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