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Leo and his Oscar

You did it!
The Oscars had nothing on us—thank you (all 400+ of you!) for attending Chai in the Hub and celebrating our 18 incredible honorees, each of whom are doing important work to better Greater Boston's Jewish community each and every day. Want to relive the night? Well, you're in luck!  
LEADS-ing the way
Want to be the host/hostess with the most, mostest? LEADS is now accepting applications for spring session leaders! Help other young adults discover all of the awesome in Greater Boston’s Jewish community during eight super comfy and super social sessions. You and your gang will gather at your home, enjoy small group discussions, and then hit up the town with other LEADS groups.


Innovators, unite
We’re proud to announce the Round I winners of this year’s Mezzanine and Venture Grants! A huge congratulations to these cutting-edge recipients (and their cutting-edge programs):

Mezzanine Grants
  • JCRC: ReachOut Expansion
  • Brookline Chai Center: Shabbat 500
  • Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters: Young Professional Strategy: Implementation Part 1
  • Jewish Arts Collaborative: (the artists formerly known as Boston Jewish Music Festival and New Center for Arts and Culture):
    • Desert Funk Night Featuring A-Wa
    • Beyond Bubbe's Kitchen
  • B-JOTT (Boston Jewish Observant Twenties & Thirties group): Purim Seudah
  • Ma'ayan: The Practice of Mussar: Building our Parenting Middot (Character Traits)
  • Moishe House Boston-Cambridge: Strengthening Jewish Life through Moishe House Boston-Cambridge
Venture Grants
  • Ganei Beantown: Beantown Jewish Gardens – Boston Jewish Food Conference 2016
  • Bamboobzle: Bamboobzle Capacity Building 
Want a chance to put yourself on the list? Apply for the next round of funding!

Swing it, shake it, move it, make it
Do you know an amazing volunteer who’s spiced up your life—and Greater Boston? Nominate them now for CJP’s Volunteer Leaders Awards! With three different categories for leadership, growth, and young adults, there are plenty of ways to honor their extraordinary efforts. 



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It’s ba-aack
That’s right, the first Jewgooders event was such a smashing success (over 80 people attended!) that we’re doing it all over again! Round 2 of the greatest event series ever kicks off March 10 at Central Wharf Co. Enjoy a night out on the town full of fun, friendship and delicious beverages!

MassChallenge goes Israeli!

TONIGHT, March 1, learn more about the official MassChallenge launch in Israel, hear from leaders in Boston’s innovation ecosystem, and discover all the latest exciting updates about the Israel accelerator—and how you can get involved and apply!

The big sorry
Scandals are often followed by the public apology—but then what? And what does it mean? On March 16, join Dr. Erica Brown for The Genesis Forum’s latest session, where you’ll explore the modern public apology, ancient sources on the nature of forgiveness, and more. 

On the trail
Don't miss israel360's event on March 22, featuring guest speaker Udi Goren—who just finished a 2.5-month journey along the Israeli National Trail. Oh, and that trail just happens to be 700 miles long, and world-renowned as one of the world's best and toughest long-distance hikes.

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

Adventure time!
That's right, we're going #SeaToCity—this year’s Young Adult Summer Mission is going to Greece and Israel! Get excited, then get all the details at our March 28 info session. 

If I had a hammer
Join industry peers from all over this land (okay, from Greater Boston) on March 30 for the Real Estate, Construction & Design Annual Dinner! Network, help us honor Robert and David Epstein of The Abbey Group, and hear from keynote speaker Mayor Martin J. Walsh!

It’s gettin’ hot in here
Eser’s spring series explores ten hot social topics you can’t ignore, covering an array of uber-relative happenings ripe for discussion. Check out the topics and sign up now!

Show your Pride
Join members of the LGBTQ community from across North America for a groundbreaking mission to Israel! From May 26-June 2, you’ll meet with Israel’s top LGBTQ politicians, business leaders and innovators, spend time with IDF members, experience culture and cuisine, and so much more.

Summertime, feeling fine
And what better way to feel fine than to jetset to Israel? That’s right, summer Birthright Israel will be here before you know it. Stay tuned for registration information, or email Karen at to get on our VIP list for CJP’s Boston Community Birthright Israel bus!  


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Purim is coming
Can’t wait for Game of Thrones to return? Wish you could celebrate Purim in rockin’ medieval style? Yearning to combine the two into an evening of amazingness? Well, look no further! Chai Center’s taking Purim to the next level with their Thrones of Purim party on March 23, where sword swallowers, golden goblet cocktails, and a live DJ are just the beginning. 

Make some noise
On March 19, liven it up with The Workmen’s Circle annual Gragger Event! (In case you need a refresher, a gragger is a Jewish noisemaker traditionally used to lift up our voices in the name of liberation and justice—we’ll take a handful!)

Dubbed a “raucous, radical extravaganza,” the event welcomes you to break out your best costumes, dance the night away with DJ Lady Spindrift, and celebrate your favorite Biblical feminists!

Music to our ears 
The Jewish Arts Collaborative has more fun events than you can shake a stick at—what's up next on the docket? 
  • Before heading out to SXSW, A-Wa plays the Somerville Armory! What’s an A-Wa? It’s three music-loving Yemenite sisters + one boundary-breaking producer, Balkan Beat Box’s Tomer Yosef. (They’re one of NPR’s Favorites of 2016!)
  • Yair Dalal—composer, oudist, violinist and singer—takes center stage at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline with his signature New Middle Eastern music sounds. 


Chai honorees with Gideon and Barry

Pic of the month
18 honorees + 1 Gideon Raff + 1 Barry Shrage + 1 Incredible night = So. Much. Great. Okay, addition isn’t our writer’s strong point, but the real point is how great this photo of all our Chai rollers is! 

(Not all of our amazing honorees could jump into the picture--but have no fear, we have so many other great shots! Check them all out now.)


Hamentashen are delicious
Now that the obvious has been stated, it’s time to celebrate Purim! This carnival-filled holiday—which falls on March 24—celebrates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman’s plot to destroy them. Get ready to clack graggers, watch a spiel (aka play), and feast long into the night. 

(But remember: the holiday officially kicks off with the Fast of Esther, which lasts from dawn until dusk on Purim Eve. Just think of all those hamentashen waiting for you when it’s over! No, seriously, think about them.)

Before & after
Don’t forget—Daylight Savings is FINALLY BACK! That’s right, the days get longer, and the candlelighting times get later:

  • March 4 | 5:20 p.m.
  • March 11 | 5:29 p.m.
  • March 18 | 6:37 p.m.
  • March 25 | 6:45 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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