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Have you been reading Here I Am with CJP’s Online Book Club? Even if you haven’t read it yet (or if you don’t have time to read it at all), you won’t want to miss our free event on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. with its author, Jonathan Safran Foer! He’s joining us at the Royal Sonesta for an in-person discussion of the book. Get all the details and register now — space is limited!

THINGS WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT


SP Happy Passover

Go deep
Israel in Depth starts April 25! Join this six-session series and learn about everything from Israeli history and innovation to how to get involved here in Boston. You’ll also explore your own personal connection to Israel. Register now for this exciting opportunity – each session includes a kosher dinner, drinks, and dessert! Looking for more ways to connect to Israel? Check out the new israel360 and dive into the online conversation!

One table. One community.
At Passover, we celebrate our freedom. But not everyone in our community feels free. In fact, Greater Boston’s immigrant community, including families who have lived in our area for decades, are living in fear. Many are seeking help and answers. CJP’s deeply held, 100-year commitment to caring for the vulnerable has compelled us to establish the CJP Legal Aid Fund for Immigrants in partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, a dedicated and impactful faith-based organization working to build a more just and compassionate society. Give today, and 100% of your donation will fund Catholic Charities’ efforts to assist immigrants. Together, we will greatly expand legal assistance to immigrants to help those in most desperate need.

THINGS IN THE CITY


Elaine and Jerry Seinfeld

#CzechoutIsrael
Where will you go this year? What will you see? Picture this: 10 days in Prague and Israel this summer for only $2,999 including flights and hotels (5 star, baby!) CJP is organizing a young adult mission and we’d love it if you joined us. Our last info session is on April 6 at Scholars in downtown Boston — make sure to contact Karen at karenn@cjp.org for more information.

Instant community and serious fun
Looking for a way to deepen your connection to the Greater Boston Jewish community in a super-fun way? Want to make fabulous friends at the same time? Join LEADS, a comfortable, social, nine-session introduction to all the amazing things the Greater Boston Jewish community has to offer. We have LEADS groups for those in their 20s, those in their 30s, and, for the first time, people who have done LEADS before! Groups discuss everything from Jewish culture and identity and connections to Israel, to tikkun olam and getting involved as a young adult in Boston. You'll also share three potluck Shabbat dinners together. Space is limited registration closes April 13!

You’ve got the power
Women’s Philanthropy’s Pomegranate Society & Friends Annual Event is coming up on April 24! Hundreds of women will come together at the Westin Waltham to embrace our power to repair the world. This year’s keynote speaker is Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin, and you won’t want to miss it. Space is limited, so register now!

Let’s discuss
CJP has launched the CommUNITY Israel Dialogue, a year-long initiative to enable productive conversations around Israel. We hope you’ll join us for an israel360-style intergenerational Town Square on April 30 where we’ll engage in honest conversation across differences in backgrounds and viewpoints. Email israel@cjp.org for more details and to reserve your spot.

On a mission
Every year, CJP’s Boston-Haifa Connection brings officers in the Israel Defense Forces to the Greater Boston area on the Hatikvah Officers Mission. These men and women exemplify the diversity of Israeli society, and they will share their personal experiences serving as leaders in Israel’s armed forces. They also help us commemorate Israeli holidays. Learn more by contacting Sara at sarae@cjp.org.

Comedy special
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 who donate $1,000+ to CJP’s Annual Campaign) are invited to a special pre-reception where they will enjoy light appetizers, network with friends, and have the opportunity to meet Stephen Tobolowsky before the main event! Email Julia at juliap@cjp.org for more info.

Ancient traditions, modern twists
Spring is here, and with it comes the Young Women’s Philanthropy Spring Event: An Evening at Mayyim Hayyim. Have you ever wondered about what the mikveh could mean to you? Come connect with other young women in our community on May 3, hear personal stories of transformation through ritual immersion, and learn about how the mikveh has evolved in modern Jewish life.

Celebrating Israel
CJP’s annual Blue & White Night celebrating Israel Independence Day is coming up! Join 400 young professionals on Saturday, May 6 at Liberty Hall (formerly Space 57) at the Revere Hotel to dance the night away.

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.

Chris Pratt in space

Reach for the stars
Are you a woman in the STEM professions? Join the Jewish Women’s Archive at Hops n Scotch on April 4 for an evening of networking and conversation! Tali Koss, co-founder of a tech company, and Janna Kaplan, a scientist who helps train astronauts, will discuss everything from the role of mentorship in their careers to the benefits of being a Jewish woman in STEM. You won’t want to miss it!

Caffeine boost
If you’re in an interfaith or intercultural relationship, join Rabbi Jillian Cameron, Director of InterfaithFamily/Boston, for Coffee and Conversation! These monthly informal get-togethers will connect you with other couples like you and help you navigate your life together. No need to register for this free event — just come on down to Crema Café in Harvard Square at 7:00 p.m. on April 5!

On the silver screen
Can you imagine what you’d do if you suddenly found out your expected lifespan had doubled? Come see Gabe, a documentary about a man in his 20s who was always told he’d be lucky to make it to 25 but discovered that he was misdiagnosed and could live into his 50s. Director Luke Terrell joins the Reelabilities Film Festival (which is co-presented by the Boston Jewish Film Festival) for this screening and a discussion on April 5, and you should check it out!

In the House
Moishe House is looking for 3–5 dynamic young adults between the ages of 22–30 to live together and launch the Russian-speaking Moishe House in Boston! We encourage groups of potential residents to apply together. For more details about Moishe House Boston RSJ, please contact Yana, Director of RSJ Programming, at yana@moishehouse.org

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Passover swag
Looking for a way to flaunt your Jewish pride this Passover? Check out this list of Seder swag – from plague nail art to the (unofficial) Hogwarts Haggadah, there’s something for everyone.


THINGS THAT ARE JEWISH
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Start setting your Seder table – Passover is coming up! It begins April 10 at sundown, and, depending on how you count, you can have chametz again April 18 after sundown.

Here’s when to bring Shabbat light into your life this month:
  • April 7 | 7:01 p.m.
  • April 14 | 7:08 p.m.
  • April 21 | 7:16 p.m.
  • April 28 | 7:24 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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