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Survey says…
We’re the oldest Jewish Federation in the country – and we’re proud of it. We’re also proud to say we periodically survey our community to gather all sorts of useful information (think: demographics, population and participation). Check out how this helps us determine needs and focus our funding. 

Making strides
For 22 years, our work with partner JCRC in Dnepropetrovsk (Dnep), Ukraine has transformed the Jewish community there. Ann Levin, chair of JCRC’s Dnepropetrovsk Kehillah Project, shares her insights on Dnep’s Jewish identity, Ukraine’s unresolved conflict and how you can help our sister city thrive.

(Want to get more involved with the Dnep community? Join JCRC on December 13 for the Dnep Young Leaders Vodka & Latkes Celebration, where you’ll mix, mingle and martini with peers, and hear from the evening’s special guest speaker, Dr. James Phillips.)

In the spotlight
Debra Isaacson – chair of the Executive Committee on Young Adults’ Leadership & Innovation Working Group – lets us in on her love of volunteering, which Jewish celebrity she’d most like to have dinner with, and how she once won a chocolate bar for singing. 


Happy baby gets a present

Happy, happy, joy, joy
There’s still time! Brighten the holidays for local families that can’t afford Chanukah and holiday gifts through Project Dreidel, a partnership of CJP and Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters. Share the delight with handpicked toys, fun Winter Break Kits and more.

I don’t want to wait
...for this year to be over. Make your donation to CJP by December 31, and you can claim it on your 2014 tax return! Your gift will help those that need it most in Boston, Israel and beyond. (And your bank account.)

(But while you are waiting…)
Want to make a difference in your Jewish community? The next deadline for young adult community grant applications is February 4! In the meantime, check out these other incredible grants and opportunities that might interest you:


We have latkes

It’s gonna be so much funukkah
Reminder! Kick off Hanukkah at the MFA on December 17 with a sneak peek of 8 Nights, 8 Windows and the Oculus Rift motion-controlled, virtual reality art installation. (Oh, and tour the galleries, listen to festive music, enjoy a candle lighting, and sip cocktails with other young adults amidst the art.)

Think you know what a Zionist looks like? Get ready to be surprised. Tune in online to meet Chloe Valdary, the new face of pro-Israel activism at the #AMA event on December 18.

Motion to celebrate
On January 15, join peers in your field for the Lawyers & Accountants Annual Reception. Enjoy an extended networking cocktail hour, then hear from HonestReporting’s Joe Hyams during the seated dessert reception at The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. 

Art, scandal, intrigue
Meet author B. A. Shapiro on January 22 at Women’s Philanthropy’s One Book Read, and discover the story behind The Art Forger, a tale of mystery and emotion. (Bonus: if you order the book online, CJP will receive a portion of the proceeds!)

It’s Chai time
Chai in the Hub is (almost) here! Honor the game changers of Boston’s under-45 crowd – and rub elbows with Arrested Development’s Jeffrey Tambor – January 31 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. 

Get invested
Save the date! Our Financial Services Annual Reception is February 9 at The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. Join us for an extended networking cocktail hour, hear from David Horovitz – editor of The Times of Israel – and mingle over drinks and dessert.

Location, location, location
Mark your calendars – on February 23, our Real Estate, Construction & Design Dinner will be held at the InterContinental Hotel. Build new connections, enjoy dinner and drinks, and help us honor Steven S. Fischman, vice chairman of New England Development.

Want to connect with other Jewish organizations in Boston? Check out The Network for the happenings! 



Tweet of the Month
Modern Seinfeld is everything you loved about the 90s classic infused with everything ridiculous about today. Hello, @SeinfeldToday.
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Blog of the Month
From breaking news and pop culture happenings to annual festivals and a new dating site (JDate, eat your heart out), Jewlicious puts the “delicious” in contemporary Jewish life. Check out this one-stop shop’s palette pleasing mix of wit, warmth and whimsy. 

Instagram Pic of the Month
thefatjewish isn’t afraid to tackle our generation’s hard-hitting questions or offer inspiring, uplifting life guidance. 

Instagram pic of the month


Adam Sandler sings

Put on your yarmulke
It’s time to celebrate Chanukah! Kick off 8 crazy nights December 16 at sundown. If 
you’re still looking for menorah ideas, check this out. You’re welcome.

You light up my life
But unlike LeAnne Rimes, we won’t force you into a bad reality show. Just cuddle with us by the flickering light of this month’s candlelighting times:

  • December 12 | 3:56 p.m.
  • December 19 | 3:58 p.m.
  • December 26 | 4:02 p.m.
And don’t forget about the new year:
  • January 2 | 4:07 p.m.
  • January 9 | 4:12 p.m.
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