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Let's listen
Did you know that 2017 is a year of major anniversaries for Israel? This year marks 100 years since the Balfour Declaration called for the creation of a national home for the Jewish people; 70 years since the UN voted to partition the British-ruled Palestine Mandate into a Jewish state and an Arab state; and 50 years since the Six Day War. Some of us are celebrating these dates, and some of us have complicated feelings about them. We know that talking about Israel can sometimes be hard, and that's exactly why CJP is launching the CommUNITY Israel Dialogue. This new initiative will help the Greater Boston community engage in respectful discussions across diverse perspectives, all while expressing our support for a secure and democratic Jewish State of Israel. Find events and other opportunities to join in the discussion.

Tribute to Shimon Peres
Join us tonight (March 1) as we launch the CommUNITY Israel Dialogue with a Tribute to Shimon Peres (z"l). A member of Israel's founding generation and 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. 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. If you haven't already registered, don't worry — walk-ins are welcome!


Russell from Up wow

Don't miss out on the fun(ding)
The deadline for applications for CJP's Young Adult Community Grants is March 31! Up to $5,000 in funding is available to 501(c)3s or those who have a fiscal sponsor with programs that promote social justice and leadership development or create innovative opportunities to bring young adults together. Apply now, because we want to make your ideas come to life.


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The 4 Ds: Dinner, drinks, dessert, discussion
This year, israel360 is launching Israel in Depth, a series of six sessions where you will learn about everything from Israeli history to innovation to how to get involved here in Boston, all while exploring your own personal connection to Israel. Register now for this exciting opportunity — each session includes a kosher dinner, drinks, and dessert!

Got questions?
The new israel360 website is live! Check it out and join us as we host our second Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Col. (Res.) Miri Eisin, a world-renowned expert on Israeli politics and policy. In “U.S.-Israel Relations in the Trump Era,” we’ll focus on the policy shifts in the first 50 (or so) days of President Trump’s administration and their impact on Israel’s relationship with the United States. Ask your questions now and tune in March 2 at 7:30 p.m. to chat live with Miri!

Birthright, beer, and trivia
Have you taken a Birthright Israel trip with CJP? Let's all reconnect! The past four CJP community Birthright Israel buses are coming together for a trivia night on Monday, March 13 at Aeronaut Brewing Company. Come join us to catch up and learn what's going on at CJP. Feel free to bring friends!

Where will you go this year? What will you see? CJP is organizing a young adult mission to Prague and Israel this summer, and we'd love it if you joined us! Interested? We're having an info session on March 20 at 7:00 p.m. at CJP. Make sure to register in advance, or contact Karen at karenn@cjp.org for more information.

City builders
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 aylaw@cjp.org.

Women of the hour
Save the date: Women's Philanthropy's Pomegranate Society & Friends Annual Event is coming up on April 24! This year's keynote speaker is Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin. Registration opens March 14 — until then, get all the details you'll need. You won't want to miss it!

Book buddies
Have you read Jonathan Safran Foer's Here I Am? This winter, the entire Greater Boston Jewish community is! 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.

Comedy Odyssey
Join us at The Vilna Shul on May 1 for an evening with Hollywood comedian, character actor, and author Stephen Tobolowsky! He’s been on screen in everything from Groundhog Day to Memento to Glee, and he’s coming to talk to us about his funny and introspective new book, My Adventures with God, A Personal Pentateuch. Ben-Gurion Society donors (Young Adults donating $1,000+ to CJP’s Annual Campaign) are invited to a special pre-reception. Enjoy light appetizers and networking with friends, and the opportunity to meet Stephen Tobolowsky before the main event!

Celebrating Israel
Get ready for the party of the year, CJP's annual Blue & White Night celebrating Israeli Independence Day! It's coming up on Saturday, May 6, so stay tuned for all the details.


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

Family dancing together

Work it out
Looking for a good time with 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?

Harry Purim
We love Purim for lots of reasons, but one of them is Havurah on the Hill's annual Harry Purim and the Scroll of Esther Purim Party at the Vilna Shul. Join us on March 11 in costume for a megillah reading with skits and spiels and an amazing afterparty. With a night this fun, you'll be able to say "mischief managed!" and mean it!

Beyond the Aleph-Bet
Want to be able to chat with the locals the next time you're in Israel? Come learn conversational Hebrew at The Vilna Shul! Starting March 14, they're hosting a lively class for young professionals on Tuesday evenings — no prior knowledge is necessary! For more information or to register, please email erelaya@yahoo.com. Yalla!

That funky music
The best thing about Israeli music is that there's no one way to describe it, so come experience it for yourself. Aveva was discovered on the Israeli version of The Voice, and JArts is bringing her Ethiopian-Israeli funk AfroSoul Show to the Center for Arts at the Armory on March 30. 

Happy campers
Remember how much fun Jewish overnight camp was (or how much you wanted to go)? Relive the fun with Trybal Gatherings, summer camp just for adults! Come to Camp Eisner in the Berkshires August 2427, and register soon: our code, CAMPCJP, will give you a $75 discount until March 15!


Edelman and Brady

Edelman the hero
We're still celebrating the Patriots' fifth Super Bowl win, and you can too! Here's a story about the man who made the miraculous catch and his five most Jewish moments


Are you ready for Purim? The whole megillah starts Saturday, March 11 at sundown.

And we're springing ahead this month! Here's when to light your Shabbat candles in March:
  • March 3 | 5:20 p.m.
  • March 10 | 5:29 p.m.
  • March 17 | 6:37 p.m.
  • March 24 | 6:45 p.m.
  • March 31 | 6:53 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 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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