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Chai regard
Welcome back to The Rundown! We hope you had a great summer – we sure did! It may only be September, but we’re already getting ready for Chai in the Hub in February. We can’t wait to honor the amazing young adults who are making our community a better place, but we're counting on you to tell us who they are! Fill out this fabulously easy nomination form by Wednesday, October 11, and save Saturday, February 3, 2018 for the party of the year.

Summer fun
And if you're missing summer too much to think about winter events for too long, help us get ready for next summer and beyond! We want to plan our next Young Adult mission with you in mind -- tell us where we should go and when we should book those tickets by answering a few short questions!



Speaking of awards…
The CJP community is coming together for From Strength to Strength tonight to celebrate all we’ve accomplished in the 2017 Annual Campaign. Part of that is the presentation of our Circle of Excellence Young Leadership Awards to recognize dedicated and inspiring young adult leaders. This year, we’re thrilled to be honoring Adam Caplan Eisenberg and Dara Wolkoff. We’re so proud of them and all they have done!

Reaffirming our commitment
DACAThis week, CJP was extremely troubled to learn that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that shields as many as 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation will end. Earlier this year, CJP teamed up with Catholic Charities to create the CJP Legal Aid Fund for Immigrants, raising $635,000 thanks to generous donors across our community. This funding will allow Catholic Charities to greatly increase the amount of legal support they provide. Now, those who have been protected under DACA are panicked, and our support can help Catholic Charities provide the legal advice they desperately need. We will continue to stand against discrimination and fear by helping those in need with our partners in the faith community. We hope you’ll join us.


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Sweet plans
If you’re still figuring out what you’re doing for the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah starts Wednesday, September 20 at sundown, and that’s only two weeks away), we can help! Our High Holiday Ticket Match program offers young adults free or low-cost tickets for services so you can find the right one for you. Sign up now, because registration closes at midnight TONIGHT.

Finders keepers
Want to discover Israel without getting on a plane? Sign up for the Amazing Israel Race scavenger hunt in the Seaport Innovation District! Teams of four race the one mile route, and the first three teams win amazing prizes, including $750 toward a flight to Israel. Participation is free, so lace up your racing shoes and join in on Sunday, September 17. 

New year, new friends
Jump into the new year with Women’s Philanthropy on Monday, October 2! Mix and mingle at Temple Emanuel in Newton as you learn how the women of our community are raising their voices, giving back, and repairing the world – and how you can join them. We’ll also hear from Shira Goodman, CEO of Staples, about how her Jewish values influence her leadership. 

Don’t follow. LEADS. 
Fall LEADS starts soon! Join other young adults in their 20s and 30s for this comfortable, social, nine-session introduction to all the amazing things CJP and the Greater Boston Jewish community have to offer. We’ll engage in small group discussions at a volunteer’s home, share Shabbat dinner, and cap off some sessions by meeting up with other LEADS groups! Watch your email for your chance to sign up it's coming soon!

Calling all seekers
If you’re looking for meaning in your life (and let’s be honest — who isn’t?), join us on Wednesday, October 18, as CJP presents a special live show and recording of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, a podcast created by two Harvard Divinity School grads. They read the Harry Potter series with great discussions, lots of laughter, and ways a wide range of religions have studied their sacred texts. For our show, they’ll be chatting with a rabbi and using Jewish study practices to see what insight will come. You’ll also have the opportunity to schmooze with other young adults and connect with more than 60 organizations in our community. Curious? Get your tickets and come to Arts at the Armory in Somerville on October 18 to join in the fun.  


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

Calvin and Hobbes

Starry starry night
It might be after Labor Day, but we’re trying to keep our summer state of mind. Join the Brookline Chai Center this Friday, September 8, for the last Shabbat Under the Stars of 2017 and enjoy an open bar, great food, and even better company. Sign up now!

Back to school
If you’re having a bit of FOMO about the new academic year (bouquet of newly sharpened pencils, anyone?), join Eser! Meet other young professionals in living rooms across Boston for Jewish learning and conversation in the new six-session discussion groups led by an Eser educator. You’ll get to explore an interesting, relevant topic like economic social justice or mindfulness and meditation. These groups fill up fast, so register now.

Pound the pavement
Looking for your next road race? The Canton Fall Classic on Sunday, October 29 includes both 5K and 10K races that will benefit organizations like the Canton Food Pantry and Temple Beth Abraham. And there's a special team to benefit Jewish overnight camp! Join the Run Towards Camp team for a subsidized registration fee, but do it soon: registration closes Sunday, September 10.

Comic book hero
Even if you don’t know who Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman is, you probably know of his graphic novels Maus and Maus II, which tackled the Holocaust and the life of survivors in America. JArts is bringing him to Cambridge on Tuesday, September 12 at 5:00 p.m. to talk about the evolution of comics and why they’re important. It’s free to attend, but tickets are required, so find out how to get yours today.

Dance it out
Is the transition to fall stressing you out? We’ve got the answer — an afternoon of klezmer and folk dancing on the Greenway on Sunday, September 17! Don’t worry if you’ve never done it before. Steve Weintraub, the “Pied Piper of Yiddish dance,” will be giving easy-to-follow instructions the whole time. Try it out with dancers aged 4–94 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Positive disruption
The Northeast Arc and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation are launching a new competition to bring disruptive, startup thinking to the inclusion of those with disabilities. They intend to give away up to $200,000 in funding this year, so, if you have an idea, bring it to the Arc Tank competition: Changing Lives through Innovation on Wednesday, November 15. Get more details and sign up today.



High Holiday cheer
Get ready for the new year with JewishBoston! They’ve got everything from reflections by rabbis to delicious cocktail recipes to the stages of Yom Kippur in Game of Thrones GIFs, so you’ll be prepared to take on anything that comes your way.


Happy 5778! From all of us here at CJP, we wish you and yours a happy and sweet new year.

Here’s when to celebrate the High Holidays:
  • Rosh Hashanah begins Wednesday, September 20 at sundown.
  • Yom Kippur begins with Kol Nidre Friday, September 29 at sundown.
And here’s when to bring the light of Shabbat into your life on Friday nights:
  • September 8 | 6:47 p.m.
  • September 15 | 6:34 p.m.
  • September 22 (also the end of Rosh Hashanah II) | 6:22 p.m.
  • September 29 (also Kol Nidre) | 6:10 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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