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Christian Piccolini

RSVP for an Evening of Unlearning
Don’t miss our upcoming special event, Evening of Unlearning, on Wednesday, March 13 in Coolidge Corner. Join your young adult community to hear from TEDx speaker Christian Picciolini, a former leader in the neo-Nazi movement, and choose from five interactive mini-workshops. These workshops are led by peer professionals and explore the theme of Jewish diversity through music, art, yoga, text study, or food. Drinks and appertizers are included! Contact Becca with questions.


Reese Witherspoon listening

You have thoughts, and we’re here to listen
You may have heard about Rabbi Marc Baker’s The 360Five listening tour, a regional opportunity for community members to share their opinions with CJP's President and CEO. But did you know that we’ve planned a special stop for young adults? Join us on Tuesday, April 9 at the Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society on Newbury Street in Boston and enjoy appetizers, drinks, and dessert. Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7:00 p.m. Contact Beth with any questions.

Combatting stigma with music

The Me2/Orchestra, the “world’s only classical music organization created for individuals with mental illness" and their supporters, made its synagogue debut on Friday, February 15. CJP is grateful to Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley for hosting, and special thanks to The Ruderman Family Foundation for their role in encouraging discussions about mental health within the Jewish community. We are proud to have been part of this vital conversation!



Learn about Israel's upcoming election

Let's be real, Israeli politics are complex. And this election is equally complicated. That's why we're hosting a free community briefing where we will demystify the process, the parties, and the political figures on Monday, March 18 in the Back Bay. This special evening will also feature Shmuel Rosner, Senior Fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute, Senior Political Editor at LA's The Jewish Journal, and contributing opinion writer to The New York Times. Though this event is free, pre-registration is required, so sign up! If you have questions or need special accommodations, please contact us at israel@cjp.org.

Calling all hardhats
Looking to meet new people in your field? Join more than 400 real estate industry professionals from the Greater Boston area at the Real Estate, Construction & Design Annual Dinner on Thursday, March 28 at the InterContinental Hotel. We’ll be honoring Kenneth Wexler, Chairman, Elaine Construction Company, with the Edwin N. Sidman Leadership Award and hearing from our keynote speaker, Lawrence S. Bacow, President of Harvard University. After the event, head on over to the hotel's RumBa bar to meet other young professionals! Contact Elizabeth for more info.

The uptown funk gon’ give it to you
Join israel360 and the Jewish Arts Collaborative for Israeli Funk Night on Thursday, March 28 at the Somerville Armory. This event features Ethiopian Israeli singer Gili Yalo, one of the most intriguing new artists in Israel’s music scene. Experience an unforgettable night of music as Gili plays soul, funk, psychedelic tunes, and jazz. Contact Matty with any questions.
Journey to the homeland
Didn’t get a chance to go on Birthright Israel in college? It’s not too late to sign up for this free opportunity to learn about Israel, eat good food, and make new friends. The trip is this summer from June 26-July 7 for ages 22-26. For more info, contact Karen.

Read On
Join our community-wide book read featuring Eternal Life, a story of regret, obligation, and endless love, by award-winning novelist Dara Horn. Then we'll get together on Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. for a free, fascinating evening with the author at the Back Bay Events Center. Discover more about the book, find our Resource Guide, and read an interview with the author at jewishboston.com/readon.

Roll up your sleeves
Get to work at JTI & CJP Community Action Day—a free, teen-led Jewish community service day for all ages—on Sunday, April 14 at the Plummer Youth Promise in Salem. We'll kick off the day at the welcome BBQ and then participate in projects such as baking, painting, gardening, and more. Contact Beth for info on how to register! And in case you're wondering, JTI stands for Jewish Teen Initiative.


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

Homer Simpson eating

Come hungry
JArts presents Beyond Bubbies Kitchen, one of Greater Boston’s favorite Jewish food events, on Sunday, March 3, at Back Bay Events Center. Celebrating 10 years, this event is sure to leave your taste buds happy as you enjoy unique and delicious Israeli inspired tastes by 15 of Boston’s favorite restaurants. Get your tickets!

Kind of a big dill
Ever wonder what makes a pickle half-sour? Vilna Shul wants to show you at their upcoming Young Professionals Nosh Pickle-Making Workshop on Wednesday, March 13 in Cambridge. Join Ryan McAleese from PattyMac’s pickles to learn the intricacies of dill, sour, jalapeño, half-sour, and all the other fermented cucumbers, sample the different types, and make your own to bring home. There are only 25 spots, so register early!

Better than Halloween
Start picking out your best costume for the Purim Extravaganza with New England Yachad, K’Sharim, Kehillath Israel, and Jewish Teen Initiative. Expect music, games, a costume contest, and more. Everyone will also get a mishloach manot (Purim basket) to take home. Get ready for this fun event on Sunday, March 17, in Brookline.

Leave your decorum at the door
Join the full Temple Israel clergy for a free reading of the Megillah, irreverently read through the lens of the annual “Purim Against Humanity” card game. Bring your favorite libation and dessert to enhance the celebration. Who will the clergy be dressed as this year? Find out on Wednesday, March 20 in Boston.

Grab your dancing shoes
Come together and celebrate the importance of mentorship in our community. Get your ticket for Jewish Big Brother Big Sister’s 99th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, April 6 at the House of Blues. This is sure to be more fun than your average party with an exciting food spread, live and silent auctions, live music, and more.


Edelman MVP SB53

Most valuable mensch

A hearty mazel tov to Julian Edelman for becoming the first Jewish MVP in 53 years of Super Bowls! Four years ago, CJP took Julian on his first trip to Israel to explore his Jewish identity. Since then, he has been proudly repping his Judaism while leading a menorah lighting in Copley Square, designing and wearing shoes honoring the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, commemorating Jewish holidays on his social media accounts, and even selling a JE11-branded kippot on his website. We’ll miss that beard (sort of), but can’t wait to see what’s next on Julian’s victory lap!


Did you know that in the Jewish tradition, Purim is comparable to Halloween? People get dressed in costumes and celebrate our survival of Haman’s plot to murder the Jews. And though there is no trick-or-treating, it is customary to give gifts of food to friends and neighbors. The difference? People don’t wear costumes during Purim to be spooky… they’re worn because Purim is a holiday about revealing what’s hidden. What’s behind your mask?

Here’s when to light your candles this month:
  • Friday, March 1 | 5:16 p.m.
  • Friday, March 8 | 5:24 p.m.
  • Friday, March 15 | 6:32 p.m.
  • Friday, March 22 | 6:41 p.m.
  • Friday, March 29 | 6:48 p.m.

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

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