Events to get you through the last month of winter (we swear!)
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CHAI time for a party
This event is officially SOLD OUT! We're so excited about this year's Chai in the Hub on Saturday night. We can't wait to celebrate our 10 amazing Chai in the Hub honorees! Folks who are attending will hear from our hilarious guest speaker, actress and comedian Susie Essman of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Broad City fame. Then, everyone will dance the night away at the party of the year. We are looking forward to seeing those of you who have already bought your tickets. If you weren't able to get tickets this year, we look forward to seeing you at some other great events coming up (keep reading for more)!


Beyonce clapping

O captain, our captain
It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that we share the news that the CJP Board of Directors voted and unanimously approved Rabbi Marc Baker as the next President of CJP. He’s currently the Head of School at Gann Academy and has been the Scholar-in-Residence of CJP’s Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program since 2012. Marc is known as an innovative and inspirational leader in the Jewish community, and we are thrilled to have such a worthy successor to Barry Shrage’s incredible legacy. Learn more about Marc, and watch for your opportunity to get to know him over the coming year!

Shout out time
We all know someone who always makes things happen but never seeks thanks for it… and it’s up to us to make sure they get the recognition they deserve! Nominate a deserving leader for our 2018 Circle of Excellence Awards by filling out a quick and easy nomination form. These awards include the Growth, Leadership, and Young Leadership Awards. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the details about your nominee — we can help fill in the gaps. If you have any questions about the awards or how to nominate, contact Rachel at


Conan dancing in Israeli market

Get on the bus
It's time to register for this summer's Birthright Israel trip with CJP! If you're 22-26 (or know someone who is), find out if you're eligible for a free trip to Israel with 40 other young adults from the Greater Boston area. Be sure to sign up for the trip marked CJP-BOSTON. We can't wait to explore with you yalla (let's go!)! Have questions? Contact Karen at

Leaving on a jet plane
Announcement alert! This summer’s young adult mission is a Jewish Discovery Tour of Spain and Israel. Experience the history of the Jewish people, from medieval Barcelona to tech-savvy Tel Aviv, and make lasting connections with the best friends you haven’t met yet. Want more information? Contact Meghan at for more details.

Have you been dreaming about going back to Israel since you landed after your Birthright Israel trip? Maybe you’ve always wanted to go but never had the chance? Boston's Israel Campus Roundtable invites you to join more than 20 Israel program providers at Boston University Hillel on Thursday, February 15 to learn how you can get there! Discover internships, community service trips, Jewish learning opportunities, and more. Plus, there will be raffles and a “What Israel Means to Me” contest to make it an evening to remember.

Cheers to a cause
The first Jewgooders of 2018 is coming up, so save Thursday, February 22 for a night of friends and giving back. We’ll hear about how CJP is helping share revolutionary Israeli technology with the world while we warm up with a cocktail and the best company in town! Get out of the cold and join in the fun.

Food history, family history
Will you Read On with CJP this winter? The Greater Boston Jewish community is reading The Cooking Gene, a compelling memoir by Michael W. Twitty, an African American gay man with southern roots who chose Judaism. He’s coming to Boston to discuss his book with us on Monday, April 9, and there are book clubs and online discussions to tide us over until then! Join the conversation now.


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

Dinner party

LGBTQIA+ Shabbat
The Riverway Project invites you to a LGBTQIA+ Shabbat tonight, February 2! We’ll meet and schmooze at 6:30 p.m., and then we’ll light the Shabbat candles and share a meal. All who identify as queer or on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum are welcome. Get more details and find out how to register.

Coffee chat
In an interfaith or intercultural relationship? Enjoy coffee? Join Rabbi Jillian Cameron, Director of InterfaithFamily/Boston, for a monthly Coffee Conversation in your area! These informal get-togethers are aimed at meeting new friends, learning from one another, engaging in interesting conversation, and asking any questions you might have as you navigate life as an interfaith/intercultural/diverse couple. Next up are Cambridge on February 7, Salem on February 15, and Jamaica Plain on February 28.

Organizers unite
Interested in community organizing through a Jewish lens? There’s a fellowship for that! JOIN for Justice’s Jewish Organizing Fellowship gives people in their 20s the opportunity to work as a salaried community organizer while receiving training and support for a full year. They’re hosting an informational call about it on Tuesday, February 20 – learn more and sign up for the call now!


Olympic rings

Olympic dreams

If you haven’t had enough ice and snow this year, it’s time for the Winter Olympics! Are you wondering what (or who!) is Jewish at these Games? Check out’s Pyeongchang 2018: Jewish Viewing Guide and get ready to cheer on the Tribe.


Enjoying the extra light that’s coming as spring approaches? Here’s when to light your Shabbat candles this month:
  • February 2 | 4:42 p.m.
  • February 9 | 4:51 p.m.
  • February 16 | 5:00 p.m.
  • February 23 | 5:09 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
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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