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Drumroll, please…
It’s official: Gideon RaffHomeland Executive Producer/Writer—is this year’s Chai in the Hub guest speaker! Just like the season 5 finale, this is one night you won’t want to miss. Plus, you’ll get to rub elbows with our 18 amazing honorees and hit the dance floor with hundreds of your nearest-and dearest friends. Break out the cocktail attire and register by February 1! #GetGidi

New Year, new you
Don’t worry, we’re not trying to sell you a gym membership—we just want to wish you a very happy New Year! Thank you for being part of our amazing Jewish community, and we can’t wait to see you in 2016 (we know it’s going to be one heck of a year!). Want to get more involved with CJP and said amazing community? Contact Dani at!


Live from Israel
Wondering if Birthright is for you and why you should go to Israel? Jack Allen had the same questions…and now he’s got answers. Check out his live blog telling where he’s been and how he got there, and what it all means to him.



Calling all Jewgooders!
Join us January 14 for a night of doing good and feeling good! Brought to you by the dream team behind #ThrowbackThursday, our shiny new young adult event series kicks off at Bill’s Bar, where you’ll enjoy delicious beverages, connect with friends and support a fantastic cause.

Rock & roll (& the Red Zone)
The young, vibrant city of Sderot has been the birthplace of some of Israel’s most important music. But it’s also been the target of relentless rocket attacks. On January 12, join israel360 for a special screening of Rock in the Red Zone, a documentary that explores what’s behind the music, the artists, and the city that’s been the target of terrorists more than any place on earth.

Want the rundown (see what we did there?) on all things Israel? Email Karen at!

Hot topics
This February, Eser’s spring series explores Ten Social Issues You Can't Ignore, covering an array of uber-relative social happenings ripe for discussion. Check out the topics, and sign up now!

A parable of power
On January 13, The Genesis Forum dives into one of the most famous parables in the Good Book. Dr. Erica Brown helps shed light on why we opt for bad leadership instead of new leadership, and how Jewish texts on power influenced Western political thought.

Don’t forget to Lilli-put this on your calendar
(Our writer sincerely apologizes for the pun that was just made.) Discussing “The U.S. and the Middle East: Gulliver’s Troubles,” keynote speaker Aaron David Miller—Vice President of the Woodrow Wilson Center, and former U.S. Middle East Negotiator—highlights the Lawyers & Accountants Annual Reception on January 20.

Break out the sunscreen!
Okay, so maybe it’s only January, but summer Birthright registration is right around the corner! Keep an eye out for all the details and start stocking up on warm weather essentials now. Want to cut to the front of the line? Email Karen at to get on our VIP list for CJP’s Boston Community Birthright Israel bus!

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


Instagram Pic of the Month

Now and There

A part of 8 Nights, 8 Windows, artists Claudia Ravaschiere and Michael Moss used holographic laser projectors to create a meditative field of light, evoking the tradition of lighting candles and the ancient meaning of the Hanukkah flame.

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.


Happy Jewish Arbor Day!

That’s right, Tu B’Shevat begins January 24! Make sure you celebrate in style:
  • Celebrate the custom of eating new and delicious fruits with one of these mouthwatering recipes from Joy of Kosher.
  • Host a seder full of (you guessed it) tasty fruits and baked goods. Check out for a full seder rundown.
  • Plant a tree in Israel in honor of a loved one.
The times, they are a-changin’
Granted, nightfall is still extraordinarily early, but it’s a little less early as we move into January! Celebrate those extra handful of minutes with this month’s candlelighting times:
  • January 1 | 4:04 p.m.
  • January 8 | 4:11 p.m.
  • January 15 | 4:18 p.m.
  • January 22 | 4:27 p.m.
  • January 29 | 4:36 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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