THINGS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
Dance it out
CJP’s annual Blue & White Night celebrating Israel Independence Day is HERE! Join us Thursday, April 19, at Liberty Hall in the Revere Hotel to dance the night away with hundreds of other young adults. There isn't another event like it, so register now.
Say “shalom” to Barcelona this summer with CJP! Join us for the adventure of a lifetime on our Jewish Discovery Tour of Spain and Israel. We’ll spend time in Barcelona and travel 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 an info session on April 17 if you’d like to learn more, or reach out to Meghan. #Barshaloma
THINGS WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT
Two celebrations, one day
CJP is celebrating outgoing President Barry Shrage's incomparable leadership and service to Greater Boston's Jewish community with 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!
THINGS IN THE CITY
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 at a FREE event on Monday, April 9 — reserve your spot today! Whether you've read the book cover to cover or haven't picked it up (yet), it's sure to be a great evening.
Join Young Women’s Philanthropy for A Taste of Clover Lab, an evening of food, friends, and community. We’ll come together around tasty, simple, kosher food, and learn tips and tricks from Megan Pileggi of Clover Food Lab. We’ll also hear from Rabbi Jillian Cameron, Director of Interfaith Family/Boston, about the importance of culinary tradition in our homes and in our community. Nosh with us on Wednesday, April 11!
Don’t follow. LEADS.
Spring LEADS starts on Thursday, April 26! 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 sign up by Thursday, April 12!
Do some good
Where do mensches of all ages come together to give back and have fun? North Shore Mitzvah Day, of course! CJP, the Jewish Teen Initiative of Greater Boston (JTI), and J-Serve are partnering for a multigenerational day of service in Salem on Sunday, April 22. With projects ranging from building to baking, there’s a meaningful way for everyone to get involved. There’s even a bus with pickup/drop off points in Peabody and Marblehead to make it easier to pitch in. Although this is a free event, registration is required by Friday, April 13.
Movers, shakers, and impact-makers
Let’s be women who dare to change the world. Join CJP’s Women’s Philanthropy for our Annual Pomegranate Society & Friends Event on Monday, May 7. We’re thrilled to have New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner as our keynote speaker — you may know her books In Her Shoes and Hungry Heart! This event always sells out, so get your tickets soon!
Dive deep into Israel
Join israel360 for Israel in Depth, 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, it’s 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.
Keeping it in the family
Are you the next generation of your family’s business? Connect with Dana to engage with CJP’s Next Gen Family Business Leaders group that brings together family business leaders for social, educational, and philanthropic programming.
THINGS WE SUPPORT
Each year, CJP helps support programs and organizations throughout our community. Here are some of this month’s events we proudly fund.
What does it take to change a life? A few hours, twice a month. A museum. A game of pick-up basketball. A trip to the ice cream store. Volunteer with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters to enrich the lives of the people you meet through the giving of your time, your energy, and your passion. Learn more about how JBBBS has helped volunteers across Greater Boston grow!
Change the conversation
Join JCRC for Israel Collaborative, a two-part workshop for Boston’s young leaders who want to take action in support of Israelis and Palestinians seeking a brighter future. We’ll ensure that our community is dedicated to supporting constituencies who work for peace, mutual recognition, and co-existence — the registration fee even goes directly to an NGO supporting this work. The first session is tomorrow (Tuesday, April 3), so sign up today!
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 April 4, Salem on April 8, and Boston on April 25.
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. Applications are open now and must be in by Thursday, April 12. Questions? Contact email@example.com.
Adventure is in here
The New England Yachad Young Adult Adventure Club is back! Join young adults of all abilities on Sunday, April 15, for a day of climbing at Central Rock Gym in Watertown, and keep your eye out for more adventure in the season to come!
Lox it up
Join The Vilna Shul and OneTable for Boston’s next Nosh:pitality on Tuesday, April 24! We’ll be doing breakfast for dinner with Mamaleh’s the way it was meant to be done. The night wouldn’t be a true Nosh if we didn’t learn to make our own treats, a skill you can take home to the benefit of all your loved ones. Space is limited, so register today!
THINGS WE LOVE
Think you know the Passover story? Think again! Our friends at JewishBoston.com have retold it as the Millennial Story of Passover — check it out as you munch on your matzah for another few days! While you're at it, check out the podcast episodes that JewishBoston.com and israel360 have released recently. Guests include everyone from a pro baseball player to Israel's first Arab-Israel Rhodes Scholar, so listen now!
THINGS THAT ARE JEWISH
It’s a busy month for Jewish holidays. We’re in the middle of Passover (it ends this weekend). Then, Yom HaShoah, the day of Holocaust remembrance, is coming up on April 12, followed by Yom HaZikaron (the Day of Remembrance) on April 18 and Yom Ha’Atzma’ut (Israeli Independence Day) on April 19. And, of course, there’s Shabbat every week! Here’s when to light your candles:
- April 6 | 6:58 p.m.
- April 13 | 7:06 p.m.
- April 20 | 7:14 p.m.
- April 27 | 7:21 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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