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Chai 2019 Honorees

It’s Chai time they got honored!
Are you ready for our sixth annual Chai in the Hub celebration? We are thrilled to announce our 10 amazing Chai in the Hub honorees and can’t wait to celebrate them on Saturday, February 9 at the Royal Sonesta Boston. These deserving leaders demonstrate what it means to put Jewish values into action and strengthen our entire community. The official invitation with the announcement of our keynote speaker will be going out soon, but be sure to congratulate these impressive honorees and save the date!


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Give today for a better tomorrow
CJP and our community partners work hard to ensure that you have diverse opportunities to explore your own Jewish identity, in addition to providing basic needs to our community in Greater Boston and around the world. We couldn't do any of this without your generous support! In 2018, we raised more money and supported more organizations, and therefore individuals, than ever before. We’re setting our sights even higher in 2019, and to meet our ambitious goals, it’s time to get rolling. Let’s close out 2018 in style.


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We're listening
Do you have thoughts or ideas about our Jewish community and haven’t had a chance to share them? Join CJP’s President and CEO, Rabbi Marc Baker, for his free community-wide listening tour, “The 360Five: One Year, Five Questions, Many Voices,” on Thursday, December 13 at Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline! Other tour stops include Natick, Salem, and Lexington — all can be found at the link above. Join this important conversation; Marc is looking forward to hearing directly from you. 

The future is female
Join Women’s Philanthropy for Israel in Depth: Women on the Front Lines, to learn more about the role of women in the Israel Defense Forces on Thursday, December 13 at the Israeli-American Council in Newton. Panelists will include women connected to Boston who have served in the Israel Defense Forces, with an introduction by Aviva Klompas, CJP's Associate Vice President of Strategic Israel Engagement.

Professionals, get inspired
Save the date for our Lawyers & Accountants Annual Reception on Thursday, January 24 at a downtown Boston location. Enjoy extended networking and a fascinating keynote. For more information, please contact Elizabeth.

Get reading
Looking for a new book to read or that extra push to start reading more? We’ve got you covered. This winter, hundreds in our Greater Boston Jewish community will read Eternal Life, a magical tale from author Dara Horn. Then we'll get together on Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. for a free, fascinating evening with the author herself at the Back Bay Events Center. Save the date, start reading, and consult our helpful Reader’s Guide


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


Olive you, Hanukkah
Join the Riverway Project for the third night of Hanukkah to celebrate the miracle of oil on Tuesday, December 4 at Olive Connection in Brookline. Prepare to nosh, connect, light candles, and learn about olive oil. There are a limited number of spots available, so register early!

Party of the month
Don’t miss Boston’s most artistic Hanukkah happening, the fifth annual “Festival of Lights” presented by Jewish Arts Collaborative at the MFA. On Wednesday, December 5, help build a glow-in-the-dark Hanukkah art installation, take Klezmer dance lessons, enjoy ancient Sephardic folk songs, experience Yiddish-infused opera performances, and hear stories by a local Moth storytelling champion. Finally, we'll join Rabbi Marc Baker as he lights the MFA-commissioned menorah by artist Silvina Mizrahi.

Clubbing by candlelight
Let the evening continue on Wednesday, December 5 at Bijou Nightclub in Boston for one of the greatest dancing events of the season! Pop open the champagne, mingle over cocktails, eat donuts and hot latkes, and enjoy an evening of live music with YJP Boston. Also, don’t miss Hasidic rap star, Nissim Black, live in concert for the first time ever in Boston.

Join Trybal Gatherings for a special Hanukkah-themed spin class on Thursday, December 6. After burning off some steam, participate in a festive candle lighting and 100% guilt-free sufganiot (Hanukkah donuts). Whether it's your first time or your millionth time on the bike, this is a great opportunity to sweat and socialize. 

Head out to Heading Home
Two years ago, ESPN called Israel’s entry into the World Baseball Classic, the World Cup of hardball, a gathering of “has beens, wanna-bes, and never-will-bes.” This rag-tag group of (current and former) Jewish American Major League Baseball players donned the blue and white for the first time on an international stage.  Heading Home, a documentary about the team and their bonding trip to Israel, opens right here in Greater Boston on Friday, December 14 at the West Newton Cinema. Players, coaches, special guests, the filmmakers, and even a Mensch on the Bench will be on hand to discuss the film. Let’s celebrate Team Israel


Solidarity Shabbat

Coming together in crisis
People of all faiths came together the first weekend of November in an expression of resilience, remembrance, and love for a special Shabbat in solidarity with Pittsburgh. Rabbi Naomi Levy of Nashuva in Los Angeles offers us a powerful prayer as we continue to keep the victims of Pittsburgh in our hearts. Read the excerpt below and find the full prayer here.

Ease our pain.
Let our fears give way to hope.
Lead us to join together as a nation
To put an end to anti-Semitism,
An end to hatred,
An end to gun violence.


Here’s when to light your Shabbat candles in December. Note: The days will start getting longer at the end of this month! The festival of lights is also upon us. Need a refresher on the prayers for Hanukkah? We've got you covered for all eight days!

Hanukkah Candle Lighting Times
  • Sunday, December 2 | 5:02 p.m.
  • Monday, December 3 | 5:02 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 4 | 5:01 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 5 | 5:01 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 6 | 5:01 p.m.
  • Friday, December 7 | 3:53 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 8 | 5:01 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 9 | 5:01 p.m.

Shabbat Candle Lighting Times
  • Friday, December 7 | 3:53 p.m.
  • Friday, December 14 | 3:54 p.m.
  • Friday, December 21 | 3:56 p.m.
  • Friday, December 28 | 4:01 p.m.

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

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