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Nomination nation
In case you missed it, nominations are open for our sixth annual Chai in the Hub Awards! We can’t wait to honor 10 amazing young adults who are making our community a better place, and we're counting on you to tell us who they areBe sure to get those nominations in by Thursday, October 11, and save the date for Chai in the Hub on Saturday, February 9, 2019 — it will be the party of the year.

New kids on the block

Let's extend a warm welcome to CJP's brand new Community Connectors! Caleb Alemany, Amanda Friedman, and Rachel Garfinkel will be out in the young adult world: meeting, greeting, and helping folks find their way. Want to learn more about Jewish life in Boston? Want to deepen your Jewish journey, but not sure how? New to the area and want to connect? Reach out to them —they've got you covered!


Warm wishes
The past few months have been a time of pain and adversity for people living in Southern Israel. As we approach the Jewish High Holidays, we are mindful that thousands of Israeli families are fearful for their safety and concerned about their livelihood. CJP wants to provide support and is launching Sweet Messages for a Sweeter New Year, a letter writing initiative. Write a letter or draw an image with a message and we will make sure families living in Southern Israel receive your note. Please mail your letter by Sunday, September 30 to:
CJP Israel
Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Kraft Family Building
126 High Street
Boston, MA 02110-2700

FACE-ing the border crisis
We are grateful to the 530 donors who have contributed more than $220,000 so far to CJP’s Fund to Aid Children and End Separation (FACES), a crisis response fund offering immediate aid through Catholic Charities, the Young Center, and the Interfaith Welcome Coalition. Please consider playing a role in this important cause and visit the campaign page for more information on how to donate.


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Discover all of the awesome. Join LEADS: a comfortable, social, nine-session introduction to all the amazing things that the Greater Boston Jewish community has to offer. The sessions will take place from November 2018 to January 2019. The cost for this whole program is now just $36! Half of the fee goes to the program and the other half goes to our Annual Campaign. Be on the lookout for a registration link in your inbox on Thursday, September 27. For more info, contact Meghan

Apply to Project Inspire's trip: Inside India
Interested in experiencing a Mumbai Shabbat? Want to learn how Israeli innovations are helping with India’s toughest challenges? We are excited to announce an incredible opportunity for 15 young professionals, ages 25-40. Join us December 1827, 2018 on a CJP Project Inspire and JDC Entwine Trip: Inside India. Sound like the trip for you? Applications open Thursday, September 6 and will be accepted until Friday, September 28 at 12:00 p.m. For any questions or additional information, please contact

Coming together with compassion
Join us on Sunday, October 14 for the North Shore Poverty Simulation. This free event aims to deepen your understanding of what it is like to face the challenges of living in poverty.

Foodie fun
Let’s talk about food! Join CJP Women’s Philanthropy for the Annual Kickoff Event at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley on Thursday, October 11 at 7:15 p.m. Experience the launch of the brand new cookbook, From Our Kitchens, and hear from Nir Caspi, co-founder of the acclaimed Cafe Landwer, an Israel-based café that now has two locations in Boston!

Two is better than one
This winter, we are offering not one but two ways to go on a Birthright trip! CJP is sending two busses: one for 22-26 year olds, and another (new!) one for 27-32 year olds. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to travel, learn about Israel, and make new friends. Registration opens Wednesday, September 5. For more info, contact Karen.

Captivating Conversations
Save the date! CJP is hosting a brand new event on Sunday, November 4 that radically re-writes Jewish learning. It will feature arts, culture, and Christian Picciolini, who will speak about his journey from violent extremist to advocate for embracing difference. Keep an eye out for more details!


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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Keep calm and High Holiday on
Don’t know what you’re doing for Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur yet? We’ve got you covered with a variety of options! Havurah on the Hill provides non-denominational, egalitarian services for both holidays filled with songclick for information about their  Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur options. YJP in Brookline is offering a tasty Rosh Hashanah dinner with brisket, wine, and more! The Riverway Project is having 20’s and 30’s Erev Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre services for free. There are plenty more, so be sure to check them out!

The babka bake
Get into the spirit of the High Holidays with other Jewish women in the community TONIGHTTuesday, September 4—and come learn about the art and technique of making babka! The event is from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Chabad of Peabody.

A Berkshire getaway
Cross off every item on your summer bucket list all in one weekend. Head to the Berkshires THIS WEEKENDSeptember 6-9for adult summer camp! Don't miss out on Boston's biggest getaway for Jewish young adults, hosted by Trybal Gatherings. Experience a color war, arts and crafts, cocktail infusions, silent disco, yoga by the lake, a relaxing Shabbat, open bar, and so much more. Unwind and recharge for Rosh Hashanah among the breathtaking mountains and start your new year with boundless inspiration.
Cycle in the park
Join the Young Adult Outdoor Adventure Club on Sunday, September 16 for an afternoon of inclusive cycling with our friends from All Out Adventures! They’ll have adaptive bicycles, but you can also bring your own. Stop by Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Boston from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and hang out for however long works for you. This event is open to ages 17+ and snacks and water will be available. 

Ride for resources
Get ready to ride at the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters 28th Annual Rodman Ride for Kids! The 25, 50, or 100-mile non-competitive cycling tour will be here on Saturday, September 22, kicking off at Rodman Ford Truck Center, 101 Washington Street in Foxborough. This umbrella matching gift event raises funds for youth-focused social services that support at-risk kids in Massachusetts.

Sukkot in the city
Celebrate the start of Sukkot, a biblical harvest holiday, with a vegetarian potluck and conversation on Sunday, September 23 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Chilcott & Granada Community Garden. Click here for more info or contact Check our Facebook event for weather and other updates. This event is made possible by Beantown Jewish Gardens, The Trustees Boston Region, and TD Bank’s Ready Commitment.

Salsa in the Sukkah
Join Yisod for a night of dancing in the Sukkah with DJ Rob Suave! Meet up on Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. for light hors d’oeuvres and free beginner salsa lessons at Temple Emanuel in Newton. Register today and join the Facebook event! If cost is a concern, please contact Rav Hazzan Aliza Berger or Erin Moseley.

Honeymoon in style
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. Check out their Guide to the Application for more information. Applications for two Boston trips, in May and September of 2019, are open from Tuesday, September 4 to Monday, October 15. Questions? Stop by the info session on Wednesday, September 12 or log into the webinar on Thursday, September 20. Participants of diverse backgrounds welcome, including interfaith and LGBTQ couples. RSVP or contact

Sh-Kabbalat shalom!
Join Community Kabbalat Shabbat every Friday at 6:00 p.m. at Congregation Kehillath Israel for KICKS: a free, traditional egalitarian service, followed by an oneg. KICKS is a warm community of spiritually-engaged Jews and welcomes new faces and seasoned ones, people of all ages, backgrounds, genders, and orientations.


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CJP Birthright trip
We went to Israel! Rebecca, one of the leaders of this trip, describes this image: “This picture was taken about midway through the trip. Half of the group has a sinus infection, the other half has a stomach bug, and yetnobody cares. Even though we just met, it feels more like a high school or summer camp reunion. We’ve somehow managed to create a family in just a few days. How, you may ask? Jewish identity. Take a group of 22 to 26-year-old Jews, throw them together, and immediately life stories are shared. Bonds are formed that get stronger every day.”


September is a very busy month for holidays, so mark your calendars! We welcome the new year with Rosh Hashanah on the evening of Sunday, September 9 through Tuesday, September 11. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, starts during sundown on Tuesday, September 18 and continues the following day. We celebrate our harvest on Sukkot, which begins Monday, September 24. Here’s when to light your Shabbat candles this month:
  • September 7 | 7:07 p.m.
  • September 14 | 6:55 p.m. 
  • September 21 | 6:43 p.m.
  • September 28 | 6:30 p.m.

Questions? Ideas? Let’s chat! Reply to this email or reach out to Carissa Woolf, Young Adult Initiative Assistant.
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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