THINGS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
RSVP for "The Evening of Unlearning"
Join your young adult community to hear from TEDx speaker Christian Picciolini, a former leader in the neo-Nazi movement. Before Christian takes the stage, we’ll enjoy drinks and appetizers, and choose from five interactive mini-workshops. These are led by peer professionals that explore the theme of Jewish diversity through music, art, yoga, text study, or food. Don't miss this unexpected evening!
THINGS WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT
Speak your mind
Looking to share your perspectives on important issues in the Jewish community? Join Rabbi Marc Baker, CJP’s President and CEO, for the last stop of The 360Five regional listening tour, a free event in Lexington on Tuesday, February 5. More focused conversations addressing issues of interest to the Russian-speaking community, LGBTQ+ community, families with young children, and others will continue throughout the spring. You can find out more here. And for special accommodations or more information, please contact Beth.
THINGS IN THE CITY
This year's Chai in the Hub has SOLD OUT. But the good news is that you can still learn about our 10 amazing honorees, and find out what makes them exceptional young leaders in our Greater Boston Jewish community.
New year, new plans
Are you resolving to take time for self-care in 2019? Women’s Philanthropy has you covered. Join WP at their North Shore Winter Event, An Evening of Wellness, on Monday, February 4 at Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott! Start the event with Rabbi Jillian Cameron, CJP’s Director of Adult Learning, who will explore wellness through a Jewish lens, and then relax with local yoga teachers Allison Swartz and Stephanie Greenfield. Finally, enjoy a cooking demo by local health coach, Debra Klein. Wine and light refreshments inspired by Debra’s recipes will be served. Contact Judith with any questions.
Dreaming of a return to Israel?
Get Back to Israel Night at Boston University Hillel on Thursday, February 7 offers the opportunity to meet with representatives from internship, volunteer, and study abroad programs in Israel. All attendees receive $1,500 toward qualified programs on top of Masa grants. A kosher sushi dinner buffet will be served. RSVP for your Uber code!
Intellectual lunch breaks
Looking for fruitful conversations during your lunch hour? Head on over to CJP’s Kraft Family Building on Wednesday, February 27 for a fascinating lunchtime talk in downtown Boston. Join Rabbi David Jaffe of the Kirva Institute as he discusses how Mussar Wisdom, the 1,000-year-old tradition of Jewish ethics, can create a life of balance and wellness. This event is part of The Rabbi Samuel Chiel (zt”l) Genesis Forum, which takes place once a month. This year, the series takes a Jewish look at wellness. We are excited to offer a new option to order lunch from Clover. You can register online, via email at email@example.com, or by calling 617-457-8789.
Go in depth with WP
Members of Women's Philanthropy are invited to a special session of Israel in Depth on Thursday, February 28 at JCC Greater Boston. In this session, we will focus on the role of women in peacebuilding by watching Iris Zaki’s award-winning film, Women in Sink. After the film, we will participate in an activity led by Boston Partners for Peace and Women Wage Peace. We will also engage in conversation and creativity as artist Tova Speter leads a workshop to create fabric squares inspired by thoughts of peace and hope.
Save the date for an israel360 event with an acclaimed Israeli chef on Monday, March 4. You don't want to miss this night of hands-on cooking, learning, and eating. Learn more about this event, and all upcoming israel360 happenings at our new site! For more information, contact Matty.
Dress up your hard hat
Calling all real estate, construction, and design professionals! Save Thursday, March 28 to join industry leaders from the Greater Boston area at our Real Estate, Construction & Design Annual Dinner at the InterContinental Hotel in Boston. Make valuable professional connections, honor philanthropic leaders, and learn more about CJP’s work. Join us in honoring Kenneth Wexler, Chairman of Elaine Construction Company, with the Edwin N. Sidman Leadership Award, and hear from keynote speaker, Lawrence Bacow, President of Harvard University. Young adults are also invited to a post-event gathering at the hotel’s RumBa Bar. For additional information regarding post-event networking, please contact Meghan.
Did someone say free trip?
If you haven’t experienced Birthright already, now is the time to go. Registration is open! Don’t miss this opportunity to eat good food, learn about Israel, and make new friends. For more info, contact Karen.
THINGS WE SUPPORT
Each year, CJP helps support programs and organizations throughout our community. Here are some of this month’s events we proudly support.
Reading for compassion
It’s time to pick up a new book. Join JCRC Boston’s Pages for Peace free book club and read The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan. During monthly meetings until June, participants in various locations will wrestle with their preconceived notions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how the fates of Israelis and Palestinians are, as Mr. Tolan puts it, both separate and intertwined. The first meeting was Wednesday, January 23, but they meet monthly and you can join whenever you like.
Understanding Jewishness and queerness
Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters is excited to announce a weekly study and conversation about niddah (the practice of abstaining from sexual intimacy during menstruation) within the context of queer relationships and bodies. This course begins Wednesday, February 6, and will focus on queer and trans voices and is open to people of all genders and sexualities.
A mega Shabbat dinner is coming your way! Chai Center's YJP Shabbat 500 is Friday, February 9 at Temple Ohabei Shalom. Come enjoy an upscale, four-course catered Shabbat dinner with an open bar, international wine, beautiful décor, a delicious dessert buffet, and an option to host your own table. This is a special opportunity to mix, mingle, and network with a diverse and friendly crowd of young Jewish professionals from the Greater Boston community.
Join Beantown Jewish Gardens (BJG) at Land’s Sake Farm in Weston on Sunday, February 10 to explore Tu B’shvat in New England and learn how maple syrup is made. Led by the Land’s Sake and BJG educators, we’ll explore our local trees to understand the sugaring process, from tree-tapping, wood splitting, boiling, and bottling. Making local maple syrup is highly weather dependent, so our exact activities will be determined closer to the program date.
Let’s get political
Head on down to the Museum of African American History in Boston with Havurah on The Hill on Friday, February 15. Experience Kabbalat Shabbat services, a delicious dinner, and a conversation with guest speaker Dean Alan Solomont — former U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra and current Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. Dean Solomont will discuss the November 2018 elections and the power young voters have in changing America’s political landscape.
Not your average seder
Join the Anti-Defamation League’s 12th Annual "A Nation of Immigrants" Community Seder on Sunday, March 24 at the UMass Boston Campus Center Ballroom. Diverse communities will come together to build bridges of understanding while modeling the traditional celebration of the Passover Seder. The event also serves as an opportunity to inspire people to advocate for important issues impacting immigrants and refugees.
THINGS WE LOVE
Netflix is calling
Israel’s hottest export is a fast-paced, utterly addictive thriller, Fauda. Violence, vendettas, double-crossing, triple-crossing, and bowling shirts — it truly is the golden age of television, if you don’t plotz from watching. Join JewishBoston’s Miriam, Dan, and Kali as they relive the highlights and anxiety of binge-watching both seasons of this blood-pressure-raising roller coaster of a show in their latest The Vibe of the Tribe Podcast. Already binged Fauda and looking for the next thing to add to your list? Check out When Heroes Fly!
THINGS THAT ARE JEWISH
This month, many people around the world will celebrate Valentine’s Day. But, did you know that in the early part of the first millennium, the Jewish people had a love holiday of their own? Called “Tu B’av” because it is celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Av (usually in August), it’s gotten some modern traction in Israel as a time for love letters and other romantic gestures.
Here’s when to light your candles this month:
- Friday, February 1 | 4:40 p.m.
- Friday, February 8 | 4:49 p.m.
- Friday, February 15 | 4:58 p.m.
- Friday, February 22 | 5:07 p.m.
Questions? Ideas? Let’s chat! Reply to this email or reach out to Carissa, Assistant, Young Adults.
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