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It’s a Sukkot miracle! Nominations for Chai in the Hub have been extended through Monday, November 2. Submit your favorite game-changers and let the world (or at least Greater Boston) know how they’re making an incredible impact on the Jewish community.

Talkin' 'bout my generation
On October 9, hundreds of young adults will come together at Our Convention to create a shared civic agenda for Generation Y. CJP is incredibly proud to be a nominating organization, where we’ll have the chance to collaborate and rapid prototype solutions focused on different local issues facing Greater Boston.


In the spotlight
We sat down with the co-chairs of CJP’s 2016 Annual Campaign, Dena Boronkay Rashes and Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine, to talk about their exciting roles, and what community and philanthropy mean to them.

They’re baaaack
Emily Leventhal and Neal Karasic, co-chairs of the inaugural Executive Committee on Young Adults, are back and ready for the best year yet! Get the inside scoop on new opportunities in the young adult community—and your chance to bring big ideas to life.


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Sing your heart out
Karaoke + delicious Japanese food + The Network = perfection. Grab the mic on October 8, and join Network Connectors for an insider’s scoop on Boston’s best Jewish events for young adults.

Oh what a night
Forget late December—Women’s Philanthropy kicks off the year October 8 with keynote speaker Jane Weitzman, former vice president of Stuart Weitzman (yep, the high-end shoe and bag company)! New to WP? All new women are invited to a special pre-reception!

Pride and prejudice
On October 13, join israel360 for an important—and timely—discussion about the dichotomy of Israel’s LGBTQ community. Guest speaker Ruti Kadish, of the New Israel Fund, will share her insights from the frontlines of the fight against hate crimes and intolerance, and the fight for LGBTQ rights and equality in Israel.

Democracy now
Want even more israel360? Of course you do! On October 27, explore The Rabin Memorial Project: Building a More Democratic Israel, a
 panel exhibit of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and a look at how disagreements and tension around difficult subjects can be enriching, rather than inciting.

Want the rundown (see what we did there?) on Israel programming/events/discussions/awesomeness? Email Karen at!

Lunchtime learning
On October 21, The Genesis Forum kicks off its annual learning and discussion series. This year, Dr. Erica Brown leads us through a fascinating dive into the use (and abuse) of power in Jewish Tradition. Topics include “Of Pharaohs and Rebels” and “Modern and Ancient Scandals.”

Take me away
To Israel, that is! For free. What? Seriously. Register for Birthright now for amazing adventures, eye-opening experiences and incredible new friends on our Boston community bus. Contact Karen for more info at

LEADS by example
Don’t miss out on something incredible! Register for LEADS by October 7 to 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.

Grant Application Launch
Have a big idea for programming in Boston’s Jewish community, but need a little help funding it? Through CJP’s Young Adult Innovation Grand Fund, you could receive up to $5,000 toward your brainchild! Keep an eye out for more info, and our new online application launching in early November. Until then, contact Julia at with any questions.

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Instagram Pic of the Month
#TBT to CJP’s Heritage and Hope Mission this past July. This incredible public art installation caught our groups’ eye during a stroll in Jerusalem. #CJPRundown

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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.)


The more you know 
It’s just about time for Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah! But what does that mean? Are there lulavs involved? Do we go to work? Does everyone get a stuffed plush Torah?? Fear not, we’ve got all the inside info on these two important, but lesser-known Jewish holidays—and just in time! Shemini Atzeret is October 5, followed by Simchat Torah on October 6.

Like a candle in the wind
Just hopefully without all the wind. Get ready for this month’s candlelighting times, now with more holiday times!
  • October 2 | 6:06 p.m.
  • October 9 | 5:55 p.m.
  • October 16 | 5:43 p.m.
  • October 23 | 5:32 p.m.
  • October 30 | 5:22 p.m.

  • Sunday Oct 4 | 6:03 p.m. (eve of Shemini Atzeret)
  • Monday Oct 5 | after 7:01 p.m. (eve of Simchat Torah)

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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