Hanukkah at the MFA, the history of Israeli TV, and a college a cappella contest.
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Are you ready for our seventh annual Chai in the Hub celebration? We are thrilled to announce our 12 honorees and we can’t wait to celebrate them on Saturday, February 8 at the Royal Sonesta Boston in Cambridge. These leaders demonstrate what it means to make a bigger difference in our community. Save the date, and watch for the event invite announcement of our celebrity guest speaker coming soon!


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Pause Netflix, just for a night

Have you binge-watched “Fauda?” Or “When Heroes Fly?” What about “Shtisel?” Join Women’s Philanthropy’s Israel Committee on Thursday, December 12 in Wellesley for an engaging session on the history and impact of Israeli TV. We’ll host Dr. Shayna Weiss, an expert on Israeli pop culture, for a lively discussion on this booming cultural renaissance. Register now, or email Jillian for more information.

Professionals, get inspired
Save Tuesday, January 21 for our Lawyers & Accountants Annual Reception at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Enjoy an extended networking hour with cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, and food stations, followed by a seated dessert reception. For more information, please contact Ellen.


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

Pitch Perfect

New spins on your favorite songs
Think Pitch Perfect — with yarmulkes. Come get groovy at a Hanukkah a Cappella concert featuring Honorable Menschen and local college groups, and vote for a winner. Meet at the Vilna Shul in Beacon Hill on Thursday, December 5. A complimentary guided tour of the Vilna and its history will run approximately 45 minutes before the start of the program.

Trust us, you’re busy on Friday, December 6
Why? Well, you’ve got three special Shabbat experiences to choose from, and we want to make sure you know your options. Head to the Seaport for a shared community initiative with the Leifer Family Foundation to meet hundreds of other young Jews and indulge in wine from around the world. Or, join the Riverway Project for a musical, upbeat Qabbalat Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz followed by a festive meal. Check out Brookline for YJP Boston’s First Friday Shabbat dinner, an intimate night to network with young Jewish professionals and eat delicious food. Whatever you’re looking for, our community has got you covered!

Cure your Sunday blues
Sunday nights don’t just have to be for meal prepping. Hang out with New England Yachad for “Rayim at Reyim,” a monthly event at Temple Reyim that features games, improv, and holiday celebrations. Head to Newton on Sunday, December 8 to socialize and make new friends.

Celebrate good times… come on!
Join the Anti-Defamation League's 17th Annual Young Leadership Celebration to honor two exceptional leaders, Joseph Lavoie Jr. and Allie Shalom. Head to City Winery on Saturday, December 14 and enjoy a night full of dancing, raffles, and silent auctions.

You’ll like it a latke
Don’t miss Hanukkah at the MFA, which MarthaStewart.com cites as one of the eight best Hanukkah events in the U.S. Join the Jewish Arts Collaborative on Wednesday, December 18 to participate in an interactive blacklight experience, decorate your own sufganiot (doughnuts), hear from a local Moth storytelling champion, listen to international Jewish folk songs, and more.


Would Moses get high?
Cannabis is now legal in many states, including Massachusetts. Tune in to JewishBoston’s The Vibe of the Tribe Podcast to hear Rabbi B discuss Israel’s global leadership in medicinal cannabis research, how cannabis is viewed in the Torah, Talmud, and Jewish tradition, and how this growing industry can follow ethical guidelines to support social justice initiatives.


Here’s when to light your Shabbat candles in December. And don’t forget that the festival of lights is also upon us, beginning the evening of Sunday, December 22 and ending the evening of Monday, December 30. Check out JewishBoston for recipes, prayers, and more.

  • Friday, December 6   | 5:19 p.m.
  • Friday, December 13 | 4:11 p.m.
  • Friday, December 20 | 4:04 p.m.
  • Friday, December 27 | 3:58 p.m.
  • Friday, January 3       | 3:55 p.m.
Questions? Ideas? Let’s chat! Reply to this email or reach out to Nicolette, Development Officer, Young Adult Philanthropy.

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