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Party time
Save the date for Blue & White Night on Thursday, May 9 for a celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut — Israel Independence Day! Dance, drink, and nosh with hundreds of Jewish young adults and show your pride for the Jewish state. Contact Becca with any questions.


Adele - can you hear me

Speak your mind
Head over to Newbury Street in Boston on Tuesday, April 9 for a special young adult edition of The 360Five, Rabbi Marc Baker’s listening tour at the Jewish Heritage Center in the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Share your thoughts while enjoying appetizers, drinks, and dessert. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7:00 p.m. Contact Beth with any questions.

Showing appreciation
Know a deserving CJP leader in our community? Take this opportunity to highlight them for a 2019 Circle of Excellence Award. Categories include Young Leadership, Growth, and Leadership. Submit your nomination by filling out this quick and easy form by Friday, May 3. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the details about your nominee — CJP professionals can help fill in the gaps. For more information, please contact Rachel.


Alexis Bledel

What if you could live forever?
Join us TOMORROW evening, April 2, at the Back Bay Events Center for Read On, a free and fascinating event featuring Dara Horn, award-winning author of Eternal Life — a story of regret, obligation, and endless love. Online registration is closed, but walk-ins are welcome! Discover more about Dara’s passions and influences in an interview with JewishBoston

Travel with us
Want to see firsthand how Israeli ingenuity and entrepreneurship are combatting poverty, tackling injustice, and building a more equitable world? Applications are now open for Project Inspire’s upcoming trip to Kenya and Uganda. Apply by Friday, April 12 for a spot on this highly subsidized study tour taking place this summer from June 24 to July 4. Contact with any questions.

Volunteer your time
Lend a hand 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. Enjoy a kosher BBQ and then participate in a variety of projects such as baking, painting, and gardening. Contact Beth for more info or special accommodations. And in case you're wondering, JTI stands for Jewish Teen Initiative.

Discover all things Jewish
Join LEADS: a comfortable, social, nine-session introduction to all the amazing things that the Greater Boston Jewish community has to offer. We’ll meet weekly from April to June in homes across the city. The cost to attend is now just $36! Half of the fee supports the program and the other half is a donation to CJP's Annual Campaign. For more info, contact Meghan.

A night to remember
Fan of “Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce?” “House?” How about “The Kominsky Method?” If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then you will recognize this year’s Women's Philanthropy Annual Pomegranate Society & Friends Event keynote speaker: actress and activist Lisa Edelstein. Registration is now open for the event on Monday, May 6 at the Boston Marriott Newton. Contact Deborah for more info. 

Better than a casino
If you like games of skill and strategy, chances are you'll love mahjong — a Chinese tile-based game. Join Young Women’s Philanthropy Vice Presidents Samantha Elfland and Pam Sherman on Tuesday, May 14 for an evening of learning and games. Members of our community will also share their “Why CJP?” stories with those getting involved with Young Women’s Philanthropy. Stay tuned for details and contact Deborah with questions. 


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

Passover wine pour

Get Passover ready
Experience the Riverway Project’s crash course on everything Passover at “Crunchy, Sticky, Bitter, Boozy: A Model Seder Experience,” on Thursday, April 4 at Temple Israel in Boston. This event is a component of Seder Squad 2019. Everyone is welcome, especially first-timers and their friends.

Tour the city
Curious about the history of Jewish Boston? Sign up for Vilna Shul’s walking tour of Beacon Hill on Sunday, April 7. The meeting place will be provided after registration; tours typically last 90 minutes. Put on your walking shoes and get ready to explore!

Stay informed
Are you interested in learning more about Israeli democracy? Attend “Social and Economic Justice on the Eve of the Election,” on Monday, April 8 in Brookline. This is the first event in the New Israel Fund’s Drivers of Israeli Democracy Series. Explore key issues related to preserving and strengthening the Israeli government through film, expert speakers, and lively discussion.

Let’s get creative
Learn how to make your own kiddush cup and enjoy one last bagel brunch before Passover with Yisod on Sunday, April 14 in Newton. Tova Speter, Director of The MEM Project, will teach participants glass-etching techniques to create a glass for Elijah, Miriam, or anyone at your seder table. No art or Jewish learning experience necessary!

Discover all things Jewish
Reform Jewish Outreach Boston is excited to announce a free mini-course about Judaism’s big ideas and core practices. This two-session Taste of Judaism series is designed for interfaith couples, people with Jewish family heritage, spiritual seekers, or anyone who is simply curious. Register now and join us at the Kraft Family Building in Boston on Tuesday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 30.

Blowing the "Final Whistle on Hate"
On Wednesday, May 15 at Gillette Stadium, the New England Revolution and Chelsea Football Club will harness the power of sport to bring people together to raise awareness about fighting hate crimes and anti-Semitism. The two teams will play a charity soccer match with all proceeds funding projects promoting equality and tolerance. Get your tickets now!


Christian Piccolini EOL

A night to remember
On Wednesday, March 13, 80 participants gathered at CJP's Evening of Unlearning event to explore non-traditional modes of Jewish learning. We are so thankful to our attendees for entering the door with an open mind, and our workshop facilitators for leading diverse breakout sessions on art, yoga, food, and text. And a big thank you to former extremist, Christian Picciolini, for starting an important conversation about tolerance and acceptance. Check out some photos from this special event!


When you “Taste the Feeling” with an ice-cold Coke this Passover, be sure to offer up a word of thanks to Rabbi Tobias Geffen (zt"l). In 1935, he was let in on Coke's secret recipe to determine if it was kosher. He suggested they swap sugar for corn syrup, making Coca Cola kosher for the first time. Keep an eye out for the yellow bottle caps, which signal that a bottle is Passover perfect!

Speaking of Passover, these are the important dates (click here for holiday candle lighting times):
  • Friday, April 19 | First Seder
  • Saturday, April 20 | Second Seder
And here’s when to light your Shabbat candles this month:
  • Friday, April 5 | 6:56 p.m.
  • Friday, April 12 | 7:04 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19 | 7:12 p.m.
  • Friday, April 26 | 7:20 p.m.

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

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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