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I'm giving you an award.

It’s award szn, baby!
Congratulations to Brooke Patkin Kay and Zach Wainwright, recipients of our Circle of Excellence Young Leadership Awards! We honored them at From Strength to Strength — a September event where we came together to celebrate our Greater Boston Jewish community. We’re so proud of you, Brooke and Zach! Also, congratulations to our young adult Superstar honorees: Samantha Elfland, Alexis Isenberg, and Joshua Kay. You can view excerpts from CJP President and CEO Rabbi Marc Baker's speech, and check out our new video, Imagine a Community, that highlights the strength of our collective voices.


Stand up to hate
Join the Boston community for an informative and hands-on day with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for The Good Fight: A Forum on Confronting Anti-Semitism. This event on Sunday, October 27 at the Boston Marriott Newton, will include presentations by leading experts and skill-building workshops for adults, students, and families, so that participants leave with tools to take action.


Mt. Everest

This is big. Like, Mount Everest big.

CJP’s Project Inspire is headed to Nepal! If you’re interested in international development, want to learn about Israel’s work around the world, and wouldn’t mind glimpsing the Himalayas while you’re at it, then join us from December 29, 2019 through January 8, 2020. Hurry, the application deadline is this Friday, October 4.

This is how to be a lifesaver
Safety and security is top of mind for everyone these days, including those in our Jewish community. As part of the CJP Communal Security Initiative, we're offering a free Stop the Bleed course on Wednesday, October 23 at the JCC. You can be better prepared for critical life situations!

Make lifelong connections — and not on a screen
New to Boston? Looking to make friends? Join LEADS, a comfortable, social, nine-session introduction to CJP and discover what the Greater Boston Jewish community has to offer. Sessions begin on Wednesday, December 4 in multiple locations. Keep your eye out for a registration notice and email Nicolette with any questions!

Calling all healthcare professionals!
Sometimes it’s worth getting up early. Save the date to join colleagues and friends for our Health Professions Annual Breakfast on Sunday, November 17, at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge — and hear from Adam M. Koppel, M.D., Ph.D., a leader in the biotech industry. Stick around after the event to network and socialize with other young healthcare professionals. Please email Laura with any questions about the event.


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

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (and papa)

Keeping up with the Maisels
You've seen them and you love them, and now it's time to get to know your Jewish characters even better at "From Sarnoff to Seinfeld: Televisual Jewish in History Context with Rachel Greenblatt." This series, from Open Circle Jewish Learning, meets on select Mondays at The Vilna Shul on October 7.

When life hands you a sukkah…
Join Beantown Jewish Gardens for their annual Sukkot harvest celebration on Tuesday, October 15 at Temple Israel. Start in the kitchen and prepare the meal in small teams, and then come together to enjoy the feast. This event sells out ever year, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance.

Travel the world without leaving Boston
Join JDC Entwine, the Jewish Arts Collaborative, and OneTable on Friday, October 25, at 7:00 p.m. for a global Shabbat experience as part of Arts Matter Shabbat, a twist on MASSCreative's Arts Matter Day. Register now to make sure you get a taste of Spain with Sara Gardner, learning about the Reform Jewish Community of Madrid while enjoying a delicious Sephardic-inspired dinner.
Skip the small talk
Join Temple Israel of Boston for “Modern Couples, Big Jewish Questions,” an informative and social opportunity for engaged, married, or partnered couples in their 20s and 30s who are planning their life together. The class meets four times, beginning on Sunday, October 27 and is open to anyone who is curious about creating a Jewish home.

Join the tribe
If you’re considering conversion, the Jewish Discovery Institute has the program for you! With Pathways to Judaism, you’ll participate in an intensive 25-session introduction to the Jewish religion and culture. Learn more and sign up; classes begin Wednesday, October 30 at Temple Emanuel in Newton. 

Something in the way Tel Aviv moves
Looking for your next great, romantic adventure? Honeymoon Israel has the answer! Apply now for this subsidized trip to Israel with your partner and join 19 other local couple on one of two upcoming trips: May 16-26, and September 5-15, 2020. Interested couples can learn more in this webinar on Monday, October 7.


Cat puts out menorah candle - ouch!

Why All Cats Are Jewish
Corinne Engber,’s young adult writer, has deduced that cats and Jews have a lot in common. What similarities, you may ask? Well, here are just a few of the traits she discusses in detail: contemplation, adaptability, persistence. Read the article and find out if you agree.


October 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 29 through Tuesday, October 1. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, starts during sundown on Tuesday, October 8 and continues the following day. We celebrate our harvest on Sukkot, which begins Monday, October 14.

Here’s when to light your Shabbat candles this month:
  • October 4 | 6:02 p.m.
  • October 11 | 5:51 p.m.
  • October 18 | 5:39 p.m.
  • October 25 | 5:29 p.m.
Questions? Ideas? Let’s chat! Reply to this email or reach out to Nicolette, Assistant, Young Adults.

CJP's mission is to inspire and mobilize the diverse Greater Boston Jewish community to engage in building communities of learning and action that strengthen Jewish life and improve the world. We welcome the participation of interfaith couples and families, and people of all abilities, backgrounds, and sexual orientations.

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