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Yalla, amigos!
Say “shalom” to Barcelona this summer with CJP! Join us on the adventure of a lifetime on our Jewish Discovery Tour of Spain and Israel June 27–July 9. We’ll start in Spain, spending time in Barcelona and traveling to the ancient village of Besalu to see one of Europe’s oldest mikvehs. Next, we’ll experience the beauty and power of Israel, from Boston’s sister city Haifa to high-tech Tel Aviv to celebrating Shabbat in Jerusalem. We’ll find meaning and make lasting friendships with other young adults from North America and around the world as we envision our shared future. We’re having info sessions on March 6 and April 17 if you’d like to learn more, or reach out to Meghan! #Barshaloma


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Shout out time
We all know someone who 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, which 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, let Rachel know!

Two celebrations, one day
CJP is celebrating departing President Barry Shrage's incomparable leadership and service to Greater Boston's Jewish community at two special events on Sunday, April 29. First, we’re having a (free!) Morning of Learning focused on the role of Jewish learning and its impact on our contemporary Jewish identities with panels, workshops, and a message from Barry. Then, we’ll enjoy an Evening of Celebration with specially-priced tickets for members of the Chai Society. In honor of Barry, we've started the Bridge to the Future Fund that will accelerate young adult initiatives. Learn more about the events and the fund, and we hope to see you there!


Follow the leader

Don’t follow. LEADS.

Spring 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. See what LEADS could mean to you, and watch your email for registration info when it opens on Thursday, March 8.

Builders unite
Do you build or design spaces? The Real Estate, Construction & Design Annual Dinner is a can’t-miss networking event! Join us on Wednesday, March 21 to connect with Greater Boston’s most generous and influential real estate professionals and learn how your support of CJP creates a positive impact in our community and beyond. And join Young Real Estate, Construction & Design professionals for an informal post-event gathering at the hotel’s RumBa bar — get in touch with Meghan if you have questions!

Delicious gathering
Join Young Women's Philanthropy for an evening of food, friends, and community! The co-owners of Cambridge jewel, Mamelah's Delicatessen and Restaurant, will show us how they prepare some of their favorite Jewish staples. We'll also hear from Rabbi Jillian Cameron, Director of Interfaith Family/Boston, about the importance of our culinary tradition in our homes and in our community. Nosh with us on Wednesday, April 11 in Norwood! Contact Becca for more information.

Dive deep into Israel
Join israel360 for a six-part learning series for young adults featuring dynamic speakers, hot topics, and judgment-free conversation. From ancient history to the modern Jewish State and Israeli arts, culture, and entertainment, Israel in Depth is designed with young adults (ages 22–45) in mind. We’ll share drinks, dinner, and thoughtful conversation in an intimate setting weekly starting on Tuesday, May 8, so sign up today.

Food history, family history
Will you Read On with CJP this spring? 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 reserve your spot today! There are book clubs and online discussions to tide us over until then, so join the conversation.


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

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Spring forward, give back
JCRC’s ReachOut! is launching its spring cycle! Join 20- and 30-somethings for 12 weeks of volunteering throughout the city, Shabbat dinners, and social events. Service opportunities include tutoring middle school students, food justice, senior connections, and more. Get the details and get started!

One nation. One table.
The ADL is holding their annual Nation of Immigrants Community Seder on Sunday, March 4. They bring diverse communities together to build bridges of understanding with a Passover seder and readings, songs, and stories from many other traditions. Register by Saturday, March 3 to celebrate all of our journeys to becoming part of this nation.

Got questions?
Sign up for Eser’s latest young adult learning series, 10 Not-So-Small Questions! We’ll talk about contemporary issues through the lens of Jewish texts, thought, and wisdom. There are groups in neighborhoods all across Greater Boston, so sign up now — registration closes on March 4.

Here and there
Join Six13North for Hometown and Homeland, a tasting of local spirits and Israeli wines (paired with delicious snacks, of course!) on Thursday, March 8 at Bit Bar in Salem. Bonus: enjoy unlimited game tokens, too!

Shabbat connections
Back by popular demand, YJP’s Shabbat 500 is coming up on Friday, March 9 at Temple Ohabei Shalom! It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate Shabbat and connect over an upscale, four-course catered dinner, an open bar with international wines, and a delicious dessert buffet. Grab your seat today!

Get on your feet
JArts is bringing another break-out Israeli band to the Somerville Armory on Thursday, March 15 — Bint el Funk! They combine funk and traditional Jewish Yemenite music and mix them with Afro beats, jazz, and psychedelic Turkish music. The evening kicks off with a performance by tap dance and percussion troupe, Drumatix, so it promises to be an amazing night! Get your tickets today to join the party.

Ask away
Many of us have questions about Israel and its future but aren’t sure who to ask — JCRC wants to change that! At their Open Forum on Thursday, March 22 at Cambridge Brewing Company you’ll hear from JCRC Executive Director Jeremy Burton, Hebrew College President Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, and Israeli-American Council Regional Director Lital Carmel, about their views on Israel and the Israel-Diaspora relationship, and get answers to whatever questions are on your mind. RSVP now to join the conversation.

Fancy fun
Want to have a schmancy night for a good cause? It's time for the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Gala! You'll support the great work they do connecting children to adult mentors and introducing adults who have disabilities to new friends in their communities.This fun-filled celebration complete with a live band, amazing food, and great friends is coming up on Saturday, March 24, so get your tickets now! 

Travel together
Looking for your next great romantic adventure? Join Honeymoon Israel Boston for nine unforgettable days exploring Israel with your partner and 19 other couples from the Boston community. Learn more about the trip and eligibility requirements at our info session on Tuesday, March 20 in Cambridge. Applications are open now and must be in by Thursday, April 12. Questions? Contact


We loved celebrating our amazing 10 Chai in the Hub honorees with you last month — check out more of their thoughts on Jewish life and giving back!


This year, March comes in with Purim (March 1) and goes out with Passover (first seder on March 30). And, of course, there’s Shabbat every week. Here’s when to light those candles:
  • March 2 | 5:17 p.m.
  • March 9 | 5:26 p.m.
  • March 16 | 6:34 p.m.
  • March 23 | 6:43 p.m.
  • March 30 | 6:50 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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