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Know any Chai achievers?
That’s right, it’s time to start talking Chai in the Hub! We’re looking for fabulous young adults who are making an impact on the Jewish community—and we wanna know what you think. Nominations are now open through October 1!

Ready for their close-ups
And speaking of high achievers: on September 8, we’ll be recognizing even more incredible young adults! We’ll be honoring Dave Shoenig and Dena Kowaloff with National Young Leadership Awards and celebrating 14 fabulous CJP Superstars!

May we Present(ense)…
The 2016 PresenTense Fellows! This group of innovative entrepreneurs (working with PresenTense Co-chairs Adam Eisenberg and Dena Kowaloff—remember her?) will spend the year creating cutting-edge social ventures that’ll bring about positive change. Get to know all 8 Fellows and their big ideas.


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Party like it’s 5776

Happy New Year! Celebrate the holidays in style and comfort with our handy guide to local services:
  • CJP’s Young Adult High Holiday Ticket Match connects you to the holiday services that match your needs, are in your neighborhood and are where you’ve told us you feel at home. But hurry, you only have until midnight tonight to register!
    • (If you missed this year’s deadline, have no fear – we can get you on the list for next year! Email Karen at to secure your spot.) 
  • Enjoy Riverway’s Open Door High Holy Day Services with other young adults in their 20’s and 30’s. Check out their Erev Rosh Hashanah service and “Great Big Schmooze” oneg-style dinner/hangout September 13, and their Kol Nidre Yom Kippur service September 22.
Setting records 
That’s right—this year, we raised the most money in CJP history! Thanks to your amazing generosity, we surpassed our $54 million Annual Campaign goal. And we’re already setting our sights on doing more. Our 2016 Annual Campaign is kicking off, and you can make your gift today. Together, we’ll bring positive change to our community, strengthen our ties to Israel and help those that need it most.


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We can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid—enjoy an evening with hundreds of Boston’s Jewish young adults at The Network’s Open House Party! Join us September 9 at District Hall to eat, drink, schmooze and get connected to more than 60 organizations offering volunteer and travel opportunities, social events, sports teams, Shabbat dinners and much more.

Chance of a lifetime
10 days. In Israel. For free. (No, you’re not dreaming.) Birthright registration opens September 8—don’t miss your chance for amazing adventures, eye-opening experiences and incredible new friends. Fill out our pre-registration form, and we’ll respond with more info!

Season premiere
Join Women’s Philanthropy on October 8 for their
annual kickoff event, featuring keynote speaker Jane Weitzman—former vice president of Stuart Weitzman (yep, the high-end shoe and bag company) and the first vice president of Stuart Weitzman retail. New to WP? All new women are invited to a special pre-reception!

LEADerS of the pack
Registration for LEADS is coming! Join other young adults for eight social sessions, where you’ll chat Jewish culture and identity, new ways to get involved in Greater Boston, and more. Contact Dani at for more info. (Already did LEADS? Maybe it's time for you to lead your own group? Fill out this form if you think so!)

Comforting thoughts
Dive into the spiritual and intellectual richness of Judaism—from the comfort of your couch—with Kevah, where you’ll settle in with a dynamic educator and choose what’s meaningful to you from a full menu of topics. Contact Dani at to start a group!

An apple a day
Do you work in the healthcare field? Do you like breakfast? (Is that even a question?) Then join us on November 15 for the Health Professions Annual Breakfast! Our revamped event—now at the swanky Westin Waltham Hotel—will feature fascinating speakers and ample networking opportunities.

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Tweet of the Month
Talk about perfect timing. Jerry Seinfeld and Stephen Colbert tool around town in Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee—just in time for Colbert’s September 8 debut on The Late Show! Check out the CCC episode in all its glory before the big day.

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Blog of the Month

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One word: Israel. Two more words: Julian Edelman. Lots of exclamation points: !!!!!!! That’s right, the one-and-only Julian Edelman, star wideout for the Patriots, joined CJP’s young adults for a 10-day journey through Israel. Check out the incredible play-by-play video, plus:
  • CJP’s very own Dan Seligson (and mission co-leader) shares amazing trip memories, perfect pictures, and what on earth a “Danimal” is.
  • We’ve got your fill of exclusive clips, including a tour of the City of David and, yes, a desert haircut.
  • Wanna do a trip of your own? With CJP, there are so many ways you can experience Israel. So, what are you waiting for?
Instagram Pic of the Month
What better way to ring in the new year than with a mouthwatering main course? thebees_kitchen celebrates in style with this outrageously delicious Rosh Hashanah recipe. (Seriously, pass the napkins.)

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(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.)


Not shofar to go now
The High Holidays—and then some—are upon us! The season kicks off September 13 with Rosh Hashanah, but there’s so much more in the coming weeks. Quick, add these dates to your calendar to stay in the know:
  • Rosh Hashanah 
    The Jewish new year lands the evening of 9/13 through 9/15 
  • Yom Kippur 
    The Day of Atonement begins at sundown on 9/22 and is observed 9/23 
  • Sukkot 
    The Feast of Booths (lulavs for everyone!) begins at sundown 9/27 and goes through 9/29 
  • Shemini Atzeret 
    The Eighth Day of Assembly takes place 10/5 
  • Simchat Torah 
    The day we celebrate the Torah occurs on 10/6
Shine on
Okay you crazy diamonds, here’s this month’s candlelighting times:
  • September 4 | 6:56 p.m.
  • September 11 | 6:43 p.m.
  • September 13 | 6:40 p.m.
  • September 18 | 6:31 p.m.
  • September 25 | 6:19 p.m.
BONUS: get all your holiday candlelighting times now!

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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