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Hot off the presses – everything you need to know in this month’s Rundown! Want more? Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out older issues you may have missed.

Plus, keep an eye open for The Rundown: Special Israel Edition, coming at the end of January! (We know, we can’t wait either.) 


It’s Chai Time…
…for a celebration. And lucky you, Chai in the Hub is finally here! On January 31, we’ll honor the game changers of Boston’s under-45 crowd and rub elbows with Transparent star and 2015 Golden Globe nominee Jeffrey Tambor. Register before January 29 and save a few bucks!

Are you as inspired by Jeffrey’s role in Transparent as we are? Check out Keshet, and be sure to read their take on the show, and how it draws our attention to issues facing transgender and gender non-conforming members of our communities. 

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In the Spotlight
Ilise “Lisie” Krieger lets us in on her favorite Jewish memories, being a three-time maid of honor, and how “Ithaca is Gorges” will always have a special place in her heart.


Food truck happiness

Peace. Love. Kosher Food Trucks.
Save the date for Celebrate Israel: Boston! Join us May 31 for a festive afternoon filled with music, art, dance, fun and delicious, delicious food. Sign up to receive event updates, and be on the lookout for a special edition of The Rundown coming soon, with more info on how young adults can join in the fun!

Lucky number 7
CJP president Barry Shrage shares seven fun – and heartfelt – facts with The Boston Globe, including tidbits about his personal journey, what he does for fun, and just how solid his Hebrew skills are. 

Host with the most
Want to hang out with friends? In the comfort of your own home? And explore the spiritual and intellectual richness of Judaism while you’re at it? (Who wouldn’t?) Boston’s first Kevah Groups are coming, and they’re looking for hosts! For all the details, email Stephanie at

Round 2
February 4 is the next deadline for young adult community grant applications! You could receive up to $5,000 – yes, $5,000 – to support your ideas for building an even better Jewish community for Boston’s young adults. 


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On January 15, join others in your field for the Lawyers & Accountants Annual Reception. Enjoy an extended networking cocktail hour, then hear HonestReporting’s Joe Hyams discuss the important (and fascinating) relationship between Israel and the media. Head downstairs to The Oak Long Bar for our Young Lawyers Post-reception immediately following the event. Contact Emilie at with questions and to RSVP.

Scandal in Boston
At Women’s Philanthropy’s One Book Read on January 22, you’ll meet author B. A. Shapiro and discover the story behind The Art Forger, a tale exploring the infamous – and still unsolved – art heist at Boston’s own Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Scandal hasn’t looked this good since Olivia Pope.

We’ll drink to that
Clink and connect at our Financial Services Happy Hour! Join us January 26 at The Brahmin, and feel free to bring friends and colleagues who are interested in joining a fantastic network of professionals from Greater Boston.

Oh, baby!
Get hands-on February 4 with the Women’s Philanthropy Board of Ambassadors. We’ll put together gift bags of much-needed items for moms and families in need. This event is open to all women, so make sure to bring your friends!

Get cultured
Eser: Top Ten Cultural Creations begins the week of February 22! Register now to get in on the action, where you’ll discover ten thought-provoking topics in a relaxed living room setting.

Why do you build me up?
Don’t worry, our Real Estate, Construction & Design Dinner won’t let you down. Join us February 23 for networking, dinner and drinks, and help us honor Steven S. Fischman, vice chairman of New England Development.

Want more bite-sized bits of all things fantastic? Sign up for QuickPicks on The Network and check out last month’s highlights.



Tweet of the Month
Comedy Central’s @emmyblotnick isn’t afraid to make controversial statements. Plus, she’s originally from Boston. Score. 

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Blog of the Month
Looking to debate the best and worst Hanukkah movies? (Spoiler alert: there are only about 4.) Excited that J.K. Rowling officially dubbed Ravenclaw’s Anthony Goldstein a Jew? Want to know just what a pop-up Shabbat is? Hipster Jew has it all – and more.

Instagram Pic of the Month
Over 2,000 people celebrated Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights at the MFA! Get all the details, and check out more pictures in Boston magazine’s spotlight

Celebrating Hanukkah at MFA

(Don’t forget to keep uploading your favorite pictures to Instagram and tag us with #CJPRundown! We’ll feature our favorite pics right here every month.)



How do you like them apples?
Tu BiSh'vat – or the "New Year of the Trees" – is the Jewish equivalent of Arbor Day. Celebrate on February 3 with a holiday seder, and plant a tree in Israel to recognize or memorialize loved ones.

Come on baby, light my fire
Just don’t try to set the night on fire with this month’s candlelighting times:

  • January 16 | 4:19 p.m.
  • January 23 | 4:28 p.m.
  • January 30 | 4:37 p.m.


  • February 6 | 4:46 p.m. 

Questions? Ideas? Let’s chat! Reply to this email or reach out to Dani Weinstein, Senior Director, CJP Young Adult Initiative at
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