Hanukkah at the MFA AND Chai in the Hub Winners, 8 nights of gifts started early!
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THINGS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT



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Chai-light of the New Year
You nominated them, we’re honoring them! Join CJP's Chai Society on January 28 for our annual Chai in the Hub celebration as we celebrate 18 amazing under-45s who are shaking up our community with their equally amazing work. Keep an eye out for your invitation – it's coming soon! And stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s crazy-exciting keynote speaker!

Party in the MFA
Ready for Hanukkah? We are too! It may not start until December 24, but Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts) is way on top of things! Join us at the MFA on December 14 for a festive Hanukkah celebration with music, dance, interactive art, virtual reality installations, and the MFA’s gorgeous collection of Judaica. This event is free, so grab your friends and come celebrate the festival of lights!

Birthright Israel takes flight
Bon voyage to CJP’s winter Birthright Israel group that heads to Israel on December 27! We’ll be sharing their stories from the trip when they’re back. And, thanks in part to our awesome IACT® coordinators and alumni, many campuses, including Brandeis, Brown, MIT, and UMass Amherst, are sending more students on this trip than ever before! (Like 20% more than last year.) Suffering from FOMO? Learn more about future Birthright Israel opportunities or pre-register for a summer trip.


THINGS WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT


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Rebuilding in Israel
We were all shaken by the widespread fires in Israel last month, leaving thousands of homes damaged and many homeless, including in our sister city, Haifa. Thank you to all of you who have already donated to the Israel Fire Relief Fund to help Israelis rebuild. If you haven’t, please consider donating to let our friends in Israel know that they are not alone.

There's still time!
Make your gift to CJP’s Annual Campaign by December 31—it’s your chance to change lives in Boston, in Israel, and around the world. Join in to #repairtheworld and make a positive impact today—and get your 2016 tax benefit!


THINGS IN THE CITY


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Health(y) breakfast
Work in healthcare? Come to CJP’s Health Professions Annual Breakfast on December 4. We’ll hear from keynote speaker Alon Tal, Sc.D, of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev discuss sustainability in Israel and honor Dale S. Adler, M.D., with The Lewis H. Millender Community of Excellence Award. All registered attendees are also welcome at the Healthcare Innovations Network pre-reception at 8 a.m. – it’s early, but worth it to hear Alan Crane, M.A., M.B.A., of Polaris Ventures, talk about the Boston-area life science entrepreneurial ecosystem!

Hands-on Philanthropy
Join Women’s Philanthropy on December 7 as we put together care packages for Ethiopian-Israeli soldiers who are part of CJP's Boston-Haifa Connection Netivim program. Aklile Kebede, an Ethiopian Israeli from Haifa, will share her experiences. This is a great way to take tangible action after the fires in Israel, and to have a great evening, too!

Oh, baby!
Is there a new baby in your life? Will there be soon? We want to welcome the families of all the newest and cutest members of our community! Find out more here.


THINGS WE SUPPORT
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Each year, CJP helps support programs and organizations throughout our community. Here are some of this month’s events we proudly fund.

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Granting wishes
Procrastinators unite! There’s still time to submit your online application for our Young Adult Community Grants before midnight tonight (December 1). No one knows what this community needs better than you do – let us help you make your ideas a reality with up to $5,000 in funding!

Krupp Leadership Award
If you’ve ever wanted to dance the night away under the sea, the Anti-Defamation League’s Young Leadership Celebration is the next best thing. Come to the New England Aquarium on December 3 to honor Jessica Adler and Leor Radbil, recipients of the Krupp Leadership Award, and support the important work of the ADL.

Homesick for the holidays?
If you’re a member of Boston’s International YJP community, you’re not alone! On December 9, come mingle at A Shabbat of International Culture with cocktails, cuisine, and conversation.

Light your candles
…but make them first! The MEM Project is hosting their fifth annual Chanukah Candle-Making Workshop at Temple Israel on December 19. Space is limited, so register now!

Crafting connection
Looking for a way to connect with other North Shore young adults? The JCC of the North Shore hosts an evening of fun, inclusive activities once a month. Check it out December 21!

VolunCHEER
What are you doing December 25? If the answer is, “nothing much,” do we have a plan for you! JCRC’s ReachOut! Program is hosting a day of service at sites across the city, so register now to spend the day making the day of others in our community brighter.

Advocate for Israel
No longer on campus? Looking for ways to continue advocating for Israel? We’re starting a new training program that will equip you with the facts and skills you need. Apply now!

Hub of opportunity
Looking for even more ways to get involved? Check out the new JewishBoston.com for a complete guide to life in Boston's Jewish community.


THINGS WE LOVE
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Happy Chanukah!
Menorahs and latkes and ugly sweaters, oh my! Whether your style is classic, light-up, or DIY, there’s a Chanukah sweater out there for you to join in on the fun.


THINGS THAT ARE JEWISH
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Chanukah starts December 24 and ends January 1, 2017, so there’s plenty of time to make your latkes and play dreidel. While customs about when you should light your chanukiah vary, make sure the candles burn for at least a half hour after nightfall (which is around 5:15 p.m.).

And, of course, here’s when to bring Shabbat light to the winter darkness with your December candlelighting times:
  • Friday, December 2 | 3:55 p.m.
  • Friday, December 9 | 3:55 p.m.
  • Friday, December 16 | 3:56 p.m.
  • Friday, December 23 | 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 30 | 4:05 p.m.
Questions? Ideas? Let’s chat! Reply to this email or reach out to Dani Weinstein, Associate Vice President, CJP Young Adult Initiative, at daniw@cjp.org.
CJP, Greater Boston's Jewish Federation, brings together the people, partners, and resources to fulfill the most important needs and aspirations of our community. We welcome the participation of interfaith couples and families, and people of all abilities, backgrounds, and sexual orientations.



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