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Bye, Chai!
Thank you to everyone who came out to Chai in the Hub on January 28! Experience the fun again with these photos. We loved celebrating our 18 honorees with you and hearing from Gail Simmons and Barry Shrage. Sarah Abramson also spoke about about the important work CJP is doing in our community with the Anti-Poverty Initiative. If you weren’t able to make it to the event but want to know more about this work, check out our blog about the impact of poverty in the Jewish community.


Sandra Bullock

And the award goes to…
Oscar nominations may already have been announced, but we have one more to look forward to: the Circle of Excellence Awards! Nominations are due on March 10, so get all the details and start nominating people who’ve generously contributed their talents to CJP and the Jewish community here at home and around the globe. Don’t forget: these include the Young Leadership Awards for volunteers under the age of 45.


Amy P and Tina F

israel360 Screening: My Hero Brother
Tonight (Feb. 1) at 6:30 p.m.
, we’re continuing our annual tradition of showing you the best of the Boston Jewish Film Festival with a screening of My Hero Brother. It’s a powerful documentary about a small group of young adults with Down syndrome, accompanied by their siblings, who embark on a demanding trek through the Indian Himalayas. After the film, director Yonatan Nir will join us (via Skype) for a discussion. This israel360 event, co-sponsored by the Boston Jewish Film Festival, is free! Hearty apps, beer, and wine will be served, so this is a 21+ event. Walk-ins are still welcome, so check out the details here!

Czech it out
Where will you go this year? What will you see? CJP is organizing a young adult mission to Prague and Israel in Summer 2017, and we’d love it if you joined us! Interested? We’re having info sessions on February 8 and February 22 at 7:00 p.m. at CJP. Make sure to register in advance, or contact Karen at for more information.

Get back to Israel
Did you know there’s a word in German for being homesick for a place that’s not your home? Well, if you’re experiencing “fernweh” for Israel, you’re in luck! Israel Campus Roundtable is hosting a Get Back to Israel Night complete with a kosher dinner and an open mic session for you to share your stories, poetry, and songs about an experience you’ve had in Israel. So come to the BU Hillel on February 9 at 6:00 p.m. to get all the information you need to study, intern, or volunteer in Israel. Grad students are particularly encouraged to participate. Register now!

Jewgooders night out
The first Jewgooders event of 2017 is here! We’re taking on the winter chill with the warmth of community and an evening at Clery’s on February 23. In addition to enjoying a cocktail and each other’s company, you can help us fill gift totes for our Welcome Baby! program and hear from our friends at PJ Library® about how they are getting families reading together. Warm up your night with us — register now!

A Tribute to Shimon Peres
A member of Israel's founding generation, an eloquent spokesperson for his country and the Jewish people, Shimon Peres was a champion of peace, tolerance, and respect and was known for putting his strong sense of common humanity into action. This tribute is a fitting way to launch the CommUNITY Israel Dialogue, a year-long initiative to engage our community in thoughtful and respectful dialogue around Israel. Nadav Tamir, former Consul General of Israel to New England and one of President Peres’ closest advisors, will provide the keynote at this event at Temple Israel of Boston on March 1. Register for this free event here and learn more about the CommUNITY Israel Dialogue here.

You built this city
Join more than 400 real estate industry professionals from the Greater Boston area at the Real Estate, Construction & Design Annual Dinner on March 29! This year, we’re honoring Arthur Winn, Principal & Founder of WinnCompanies, and Governor Charlie Baker is speaking. Register now, or contact Ayla for more info at

People of the book club
Have you read Jonathan Safran Foer’s Here I Am? This winter, the entire Greater Boston Jewish community will! We’ve got an Online Book Club to help you get the most out of it, so sign up! And, on April 26, Jonathan Safran Foer himself is joining us for an in-person discussion event. More information coming soon.


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

Parks and Rec

Get in on the fun(ding)
Apply before March 31 to be eligible for CJP’s Young Adult Community Grants. Up to $5,000 in funding is available to 501(c)3s with programs that promote social justice and leadership development or create innovative opportunities to bring young adults together. So, what’s your big idea?

Talk it out
Looking for new friends, stimulating discussion, or Jewish takes on today’s issues? Join Eser! This series of ten conversations, called Ten Ethical Dilemmas: What Would You Do?, will tackle everything from money to building community to dating. This program is designed for young professionals in their 20s and 30s and takes place in living rooms across the Greater Boston area from JP to the North Shore. What are you waiting for?

Do Jewish
Once a month, Temple Israel of Boston’s Riverway Project hosts a free Soul Food Friday Qabbalat Shabbat service and dinner. This month’s edition is February 10 at 7:00 p.m., so come gather with the young adult community and make new friends as we welcome in Shabbat together!

Sweet trees
Tu B’shevat, the New Year for Trees, is coming up on February 11 — what better time to learn about and make maple syrup? Come celebrate the sugary goodness of the maple tree with Ganei Beantown.

Dinner with friends
If you’re under 25, Congregation Kehillath Israel hosts the YaYa Young Adult Social Group once a month. Join in the fun on February 22 for dinner, friends, and interesting inclusive activities!


Rory Gilmore

Food Fest Fun
One of our favorite events is almost here: Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen is February 26! It’s Boston’s biggest and longest-running Jewish food celebration. Buy your tickets soon, because you don’t want to miss out on the deliciousness!


The days are finally getting longer! Here’s when to light your Shabbat candles this month:
  • February 3 | 4:45 p.m.
  • February 10 | 4:54 p.m.
  • February 17 | 5:03 p.m.
  • February 24 | 5:12 p.m.

Questions? Ideas? Let’s chat! Reply to this email or reach out to Dani Weinstein, Associate Vice President, Women's Philanthropy & Young Adult Initiative, at
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