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Shabbat Dinner & Services - (4/4/2014)

Let's celebrate the end of the week and the start of Shabbos together. We'll be hosting Kabbalat Shabbat (a brief service) prior to dinner, so feel free to come for that or join us a bit later for the usual blessings and food. Services will begin at 6:30 pm, and dinner will follow around 7:30 pm.


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Justice Seder - (4/3/2014)

Join us at JCUA's Annual Seder: Stories of Violence and its Impact. The seder will highlight three organizations and their approaches to ending gun violence in Chicago. This event will be led by Rabbi Capers Funnye and emceed by Kevin Coval, featuring the Louder Than A Bomb 2014 Team. A limited number of seats will be provided free of cost by Moishe House. Bus transportation will be provided from downtown. The seder will be catered by Wolfgang Puck and will be vegan and gluten-free.


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Artistic Exploration of Jewish Mystic Symbols - (3/26/2014)

Join our house and the Moishe House Southport on a meditative journey as we explore mystic Jewish symbols through art. Rachel Goldberg, Reiki Master-Teacher, shamanic healer, and Jewish educator comes from Touch Transform as our guide. We will provide art supplies to be used during the workshop.


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Kiddush on a Monday: Free Wine Tasting - (3/24/2014)

Join Moishe House as we explore one of Rogers Park's local establishments, Taste Food & Wine (http://tastefoodnwine.com/). The tasting is free and MH will provide appetizers. L'chaim!


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Excursion: The Jewish-Mexican Art Exhibit - (3/23/2014)

Let's head over to Pilsen to go the "As Cosmopolitans and Strangers" exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art. The collection explores the notion of both “insiders and outsiders” and the struggle between preservation and integration among the Jewish communities in Mexico. While there, we'll also grab lunch!


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Equinox Shabbat Service and Potluck - (3/21/2014)

Let's celebrate the end of the week and the start of Shabbos together. We'll be hosting Kabbalat Shabbat (a brief service) prior to dinner, so feel free to come for that or join us a bit later for the usual blessings and food. Services will begin at 6:30 pm, and dinner will follow around 7:30 pm. Please bring a vegetarian dish and/or beverage to share.


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POJ: Gender and Poverty - (3/18/2014)

This month we're partnering with Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps, Heartland Alliance, and the National Council on Jewish Women to discuss the intersection between gender and poverty. Share your personal experience on how gender has impacted your professional life and hear from NCJW about relevant advocacy opportunities.


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Purim Spiel - (3/15/2014)

Celebrate Purim with Moishe House and Mishkan in style! Dress up in a cool costume, attend a fun interpretation of the Megillah, and party the night away. You'll be laughing off your kishkes throughout this event!


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Movie Night: Fiddler on the Roof - (3/10/2014)

TRADITION, TRADITION, TRADITION!!! Join us in watching one of the most iconic Jewish films on its 50th anniversary. Does it still live up to the hype? Is it a little too much of a character of how the secular world sees Jews? Let's watch over dinner and then talk about it.


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Roaring 20's Speakeasy - (3/8/2014)

We're transforming our house into an ol' juice joint. Whether you channel the Great Gatsby, Downton Abbey, or the musical "Chicago" come for this swanky affair. It's going to be the bee's knees! We'll serve up some classy cocktails and appetizers. Bring some giggle water to share with friends, get all dolled up, and you'll be on the trolly!


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Body Alteration in Judaism - (2/24/2014)

As part of a new series called "Tough Topics in Judaism," Moishe House will tackle difficult and controversial issues in our tradition. This month, we'll discuss different forms of bodily alteration and their halachic precedents. Can you really not be buried in a Jewish cemetery if you have a tattoo? What kind of piercings are acceptable and what kind aren't? Is circumcision a form of mutilation? We'll touch on all these ideas and more.


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Fight for a Fair Economy! - (2/23/2014)

Do you believe corporations in Illinois should pay their fair share? Join us as we put our values into action and call constituents of key legislators asking them to sponsor the Corporate Tax Disclosure and Responsibility Act. Illinois is currently facing a revenue crisis, causing school closures and service cuts. Fair Economy IL is hoping to change that by passing the Corporate Tax Disclosure and Responsibility Act - so we know how much corporations are actually paying in taxes.


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Chocolate Shabbat Dinner & Services - (2/21/2014)

After Valentine's Day, chocolates will go on sale, and we will buy them all and eat them for Shabbat dinner. We'll also probably have some non-chocolate stuff for those of you who would prefer an actual meal. Shabbat services will begin at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7:30. Join for part or all!


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Movie Night: Eyes Wide Open - (2/17/2014)

This month we're watching the critically acclaimed romantic drama "Eyes Wide Open." The film is about a married, Orthodox, Jerusalem butcher and father of four. He falls in love with his handsome, 22 year old male apprentice, triggering the suspicions of his wife, and the disapproval of his Orthodox community. Dinner will be served. Learn more about the film here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1424327/


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POJ: Jewish Disability Awarness - (2/11/2014)

For this month's installment of "Privilege, Oppression, and Judaism" (POJ), we'll be observing Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month alongside local organization Keshet. Keshet offers educational, recreational, and vocational programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. All programs are based on a model of inclusion and the belief that every person has the right to live a meaningful life with integrity. This presentation is a brief introduction to Keshet and the work we do both in Chicago as well as on a global level. In addition, we will touch on how to communicate with individuals who have special needs whether you meet them at your place of work, in your grocery store, or at a family gathering, and why Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity to spread the message of inclusion and ability awareness in the Moishe House community.


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Olympics Viewing & Cookies - (2/9/2014)

Us time! We watched the olympics, knitted, baked, and ate cookies.


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Potluck with Stone Soup Co-Op - (2/5/2014)

Moishe House Rogers Park joins forces with Stone Soup, an intentional community committed to justice and joy, for a delicious potluck. Let's learn more about cooperative living and diversity together!


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Wine Tasting - (2/3/2014)

Wine tasting at Taste in Rogers Park


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Clothing Swap & Donation Drive - (1/26/2014)

Out with the old, in the with the new (or slightly used)! Bring your clothing and accessories from 2013 and before that have been gathering dust in your closet and see if there are any items that you want to add to your wardrobe in 2014. Remaining items will be donated to a local clothing closet.


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A Day in the Life of a Lobbyist - (1/25/2014)

Roberta Rakove, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at Sinai Health System, will speak about her experiences as a lobbyist working in Springfield and in Washington. Come join us and bring questions about this interesting and often misunderstood profession!


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Movie Night: 5 Broken Cameras - (1/23/2014)

Come on over for dinner and a movie! This month we're watching the critically acclaimed 5 broken cameras, which is a first-hand account of protests in Bil'in, a West Bank village affected by the Israeli West Bank barrier. There are five cameras — each with its own story, but all tell a difficult and complicated narrative of life in Israel and Palestine.


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Hope in an Age of Crisis: Reclaiming Dr. King’s Radical Vision for Economic Equality - (1/19/2014)

After learning about economic justice with JSAS, we will gather with 2,000 other Chicagoans, including Moishe House Southport and Chicago Repair Moishe House, to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and to carry on his work of organizing for justice. This is an event not to be missed! We will coordinate transportation to the event.


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Havdallah & MLK Day Training - (1/18/2014)

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Let's begin MLK Day Weekend by learning about the economic injustices that exists in Illinois and what we can do to create a more just economy. Join us as we partner with Jewish Solidarity and Action for Schools - JSAS to learn about the 'A Better Illinois' and 'Fair Economy Illinois' campaigns. We will study some of MLK's prophetic words and celebrate Havdallah together. We will also be joined by Rabbi Brant Rosen of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston and Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.


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Guilt: Privilege Oppression and Judaism - (1/13/2014)

This POJ, we're going back to the basics by asking how should we relate to our own privilege? We'll explore that privilege primarily with regards to race and ask whether feelings of guilt are productive. This complex issue is even further complicated by the fact that Jews have also at times been the oppressed. Come talk about this difficult topic over dinner with Ashley Karcher, a graduate student focusing on the philosophy of race, who is currently researching this subject matter.


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Crafternoon & Cookies - (1/5/2014)

The weatherman says snowstorm, we say COOKIES. Are your knitting needles getting rusty? Got an itch for crafting? Come sip tea, munch on cookies, and craft the afternoon away with us! Crafting materials will be supplied, although you are welcome to bring your own materials as well.


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Chinese Food & Movies - (12/25/2013)

Staying in Chicago for Christmas? What better way to enjoy the holiday than with your Moishe House family at the movies and for Chinese food! We'll keep you posted on the details closer to the date.


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Shabbat Dinner & Services - (12/20/2013)

Let's celebrate the end of the week and the start of Shabbos together. We'll be hosting Kabbalat Shabbat (a brief service) prior to dinner, so feel free to come for that or join us a bit later for the usual blessings and food. Services will begin at 7 pm, and dinner will follow around 8pm. Please bring a vegetarian dish and/or beverage to share.


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POJ: Unpacking the Chuppah: Exploring Jewish Thoughts on Marriage - (12/18/2013)

In the last few decades, marriage has become a battle front in many religious groups: is same-sex marriage valid? Is interfaith marriage a problem? Is marriage an outdated concept altogether? Let's get together to discuss ancient and contemporary Jewish approaches to these questions and to add our own voices to the debate.


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Israeli Movie Night - (12/16/2013)

This month, our movie night is going international with a film from Israel! Come over to watch the whimsical movie "Jellyfish" along with some dinner and warm drinks. 'Jellyfish' is a mesmerizing and idiosyncratic look at the lives of three different women in Tel Aviv. Keren and her husband try to make the best of a less than ideal honeymoon. Joy, a migrant worker from the Philippines separated from her young son, struggles to communicate with the elderly woman she works for. And Batya, a waitress for a catering company, finds her life changed when she's approached by a mysterious young girl who seems to have come from the sea. Directors Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen interweave these three stories into a fascinating portrait of modern Israeli life, full of heart, whimsy and wonder.


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Preserve Affordable Housing! - (12/10/2013)

Did you know that 800 out of 950 affordable housing units at Lathrop Homes, are sitting vacant? That ain't right! Join us at a public meeting with ONE Northside and other community partners as we fight to preserve these units on the North side, which are greatly needed for many Chicagoans who do not have homes.


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Happy Hour at Hopleaf - (12/9/2013)

Come explore Andersonville bars! Delicious appetizers are on us, you'll just have to pay for your own drinks.


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Winter Bonfire - (12/7/2013)

We will be setting up a bonfire outside, so come, celebrate winter, and make some s'mores. We will have all types and sizes of marshmallows as well as different kinds of chocolate.


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Latke Cook-Off - (12/4/2013)

Do you have an old family latkah recipe passed down generation to generation? Perhaps you're a bit of an experimenter in the kitchen? All of the above and anywhere in between are invited to lay down their skills in a good old fashioned Latkah Cook Off. Let us know what ingredients you'll need beforehand and we'll try our best to buy them for you. There will be cooking at Moishe House, but feel free to bring some already made latkas from your own kitchen as well if the hustle and bustle might seem too much.


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Thanksgiving Shabbat - (11/22/2013)

Thanksgiving Shabbat


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Let's Talk About God - (11/18/2013)

We're breaking the ice for you... God is a really hard subject to discuss! Atheist, theist, agnostic, none of the above? We want to hear from you in the setting of an informal chat. There's no right or wrong answers, heck there's no answers even! Dinner will be served.


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Winter Biking 101 - (11/17/2013)

Do you put your bike away when the first snowflake comes out? Now you can bike all winter with these helpful tips from Katie! Come learn about how to prepare yourself and your bike to ride throughout the year.


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Dance of Skulls: Day of the Dead Party - (11/15/2013)

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with the Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) at the Abbey Pub. The event will feature a salsa performance by Grupo Charangueo, face painting, fortune tellers, raffle prizes and a dance competition for all attendees. All proceeds go to benefit survivors of Domestic Violence.


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Drinks at Cuneens - (11/13/2013)

We want to introduce you to our new favorite local watering hole, Cunneen's! It's literally right around the block from our house, the drinks are cheap, and you can bring in your own food. A delicious dinner is on us, you'll just have to pay for your own drinks.


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POJ: Thanksgiving or Genocide? - (11/6/2013)

Join us for a discussion on often-ignored pieces of American history and the issues that Native Americans in the US face today. Learn how to move away from collective guilt and towards action. How as Jews in America should we relate to this secular holiday? Dinner will be served. A little bit on POJ, as it's commonly known: We explore ideas of privilege and oppression through the history of Chicago and Judaism, as well as the the way that privilege plays out in our own lives. This group meets once a month for dinner and group discussion. Each session will have a different theme and there may be some minimal reading (it will all be very interesting of course).


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Financial Planning 101 - (11/3/2013)

Investments, saving accounts, student loan debt, 401k, retirement... holy moly where to begin?! Thankfully we have Sloan Danenhower on our side, who is a Product Consultant at Morningstar, to teach us a little bit about how to plan for our future.


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Trick or Treat? - (10/31/2013)

Do you live in an apartment? Do you miss giving candy out to kids dressed up in cute costumes? You looking for something to do Halloween night? Come in costume to MH and help us greet our trick or treaters!


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Movie Night: - (10/28/2013)

Time for another movie night! We'll be watching the cult classic "The Apple". It's Musical set in the 'future', e.g. 1994. A young couple enters the world of the music industry, but also the world of drugs. A night of hilarity is sure to ensue. Bring some beverages to share if you like ;)


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Halloween Party - (10/26/2013)

BOO! Did we scare you? Okay, if you actually want to get scared then come over for our sPoOkY Halloween party. Come in costume. We'll serve up themed drinks & snacks and *hopefully* we'll have a haunted basement set up!


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Us Time - (10/19/2013)

After a stressful High Holiday period, the 4 of us had some roommate bonding time at a traditional Korean spa.


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Shabbat Services & Dinner - (10/18/2013)

Shabbat Shalom everyone! We'll be joining forces with Mishkan for services in the house with an Oneg to follow. You get extra Shabbos karma if you bring a little dessert or drink to share for the oneg.


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Take Back Chicago: Public Meeting - (10/15/2013)

Join thousands of community and union members to launch a powerful shared economic platform. Together, we will hold elected officials accountable for raising the minimum wage, ensuring that Chicago's children get the education they deserve, making the rich pay their fair share of taxes, passing budgets that provide the services our communities need, and creating affordable housing throughout the city. Buses will leave from the North Side (Uptown and Lakeview) in the early evening;


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POJ: Race in Rogers Park - (10/7/2013)

Rogers Park is one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Chicago, and Moishe House Chicago is excited to have moved there! Let's learn more about the history of the area and some of the challenges it faces. Delicious dinner from a local favorite will be served.


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COMEDY NIGHT: - (10/3/2013)

Joshua Walters, Moishe House East Bay alumni, is a comedian and story teller who has been featured on TED Talks and is a regular contributor to the NPR show Snap Judgement. Now he's bringing his comedy to Moishe House Chicago's living room! Join us for an evening of entertainment. Refreshments will be provided.


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AJWS Open House - (10/1/2013)

Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world. Join us as we celebrate AJWS's new Chicago office and to learn about their work advocating for global justice. The organization's Executive Director Ruth Messinger will speak as cocktails and light fare is served.


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Shabbat Bike Ride - (9/28/2013)

Nothing beats a bike ride along the lakeshore path. Let's bike from the old house's location to our new one in east Rogers Park, it' only 4 miles away! After the bike ride we'll have refreshing snacks available at the house.


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Simchat Torah - (9/26/2013)

Come dance with the Torah! Celebrate the reception of the Torah and enjoy a night of merriment with drinks, food, and friends. The event is co-sponsored by Mishkan Chicago and Anshe Sholom.


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Hookah in the Sukkah - (9/23/2013)

We're going to light up our hookah and chill out in the Moishe House sukkah, as well as discuss some of the tradition associated with Sukkot . Snacks will be provided.


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Shabbat in the Sukkah - (9/20/2013)

Join us for Shabbat dinner in the Moishe House sukkah! Get a tour of the new house and then head out into the backyard for dinner in the sukkah. This will be a potluck style dinner, so please bring a dish or drink to share. Shabbat Shalom!


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Sukkot Building Party - (9/16/2013)

It's time to dust off our old Sukkah and get it all set up in time for Sukkot, but we need your help decorating! We'll have a bunch of different supplies for you to get creative with and we will be serving up some dinner.


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Tashlich - (9/5/2013)

Tashlich is an ancient Jewish tradition where we symbolically cast off our sins into a body of water. Join Moishe House and Mishkan Chicago this Rosh Hashana to reflect on what you would like to cast off this year. The short service will be led by Abi, MH resident and Mishkan Rabbinic Intern.


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Rosh Hashanah Dinner - (9/5/2013)

Shannah Tova! Still looking for Rosh Hashanah dinner plans? We've got you covered, come enjoy a catered dinner at our new house. Bring a drink, side dish, or dessert to share if you can.


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Moving - (9/1/2013)

We moved from Lakeview to Rogers Park!


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Packing EXTRAVAGANZA!!! - (8/29/2013)

Please help us pack! Okay, so packing isn't everyone's cup of tea, but some people really like it! Boxes, there will be boxes galore. Oh! There will be music and food. We appreciate you during this unexpected transition!


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ONE Northside Open House - (8/28/2013)

Come learn about and celebrate the new organization born from the merge of ONE and LAC! Moishe House Chicago is a partner of LAC so this will be a great way for you to learn about how to be involved with ONE Northside's campaigns! What: ONE Northside Open House Where: Our office, 4648 N. Racine Ave When: August 28th, 6pm-8pm


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Yard Sale - (8/25/2013)

We're moving house and boy do we have some stuff to sell. Clothes, books, appliances, etc. We'll BBQ up some food and have fresh lemonade. Bring your own stuff to sell too! Who knows, you might end up leaving with a couple extra dollars in your pocket?


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Shabbat on the Lake - (8/23/2013)

Moishe House Chicago joined with dozens of other Jewish organizations around the city in co-sponsoring Kehilla's Third Annual Shabbat on the Lake. Participants chose from a variety of activities, including yoga, spontaneous Jewish prayer, a discussion on human rights and spirituality, and an egalitarian Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv service led by MH resident Abi Weber.


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Shabbat Services & Dinner - (8/16/2013)

Shabbat Shalom, ya'll! We'd love to begin the weekend together with Shabbat services and dinner. Feel free to come for services or join us later in the evening for food and fun. Bring a vegetarian dish or beverage to share and leave your stresses from the week at the door. Also use this as an opportunity to get to know MH Chicago's newest resident Aarone Levine! Services begin at 7:00 p.m Dinner begins at 8:00 p.m


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Party - (8/14/2013)

Time for another party because why not? We got together to celebrate Abi's 25th birthday.


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Craftivism 101 - (8/5/2013)

Ever made something useful? How about engaged in activism? Ever wonder how you could merge the two into one rad smorgasbord of awesomeness? Then this POJ is for you! This month, come join us as Elena presents some of her research. Don't worry - no lecturing involved, only fun activities. Delicious dinner will be served.


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Ending Violence in Chicago: Faith Based Initiatives - (7/29/2013)

Have you been thinking about the violence going on in our city and across the country, and wondering what initiatives are most effective? This month's "Privilege, Oppression, and Judaism" (POJ) will focus on interfaith initiatives in Chicago. We'll give special attention to the Chicago Bar Association's Interfaith Committee and their efforts to stop youth violence. Join us for dinner and an engaging discussion.


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Iftar in the Synagouge - (7/25/2013)

“Iftar” is the breaking of the daily fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. “Iftar in the Synagogue” – a unique interfaith gathering – was first celebrated in 2005. Since then this inspiring annual event has grown tremendously and become an important annual event in both Jewish and Muslim communities. The evening includes Jewish and Muslim prayers, engaging speakers, conversation and a kosher/halal dinner. This year our communities are coming together as neighbors to oppose Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and other forms of bigotry. We will celebrate our diversity, and commit to a hate-free and embracing society.


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Movie Night - (7/22/2013)

Join us to watch the classic and provocative film 'Cradle Will Rock', which has themes surrounding class struggle and inequality, censorship and speaking out, the immigrant experience... to name a few! The plot involves a government-funded theatre program that comes under fire due to a controversial production of a leftist play. The cast is impressive: Hank Azaria, Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Paul Giamatti, Bill Murray, Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Sarandon, Barbara Sukowa, John Turturro, Emily Watson, and even Jack Black and Kyle Gass (a.k.a. Tenacious D). We're going to order some pizza, pop some corn, and have a discussion to follow. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!


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Shabbat Services & Dinner - (7/19/2013)

We love to begin the weekend together with Shabbat services and dinner. Feel free to come for services or join us later in the evening for food and fun. Bring a vegetarian dish or beverage to share and leave your stresses from the week at the door.


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Tisha B'av - (7/15/2013)

Join Moishe House and Mishkan as we observe the holiday of Tisha B'Av through a traditional and contemporary lens. The night will include a reading of Eicha (the book of Lamentations), as well as discussion of participants' personal connections with the Holy Land.


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House Party - (7/13/2013)

Join us for some good ole rock and roll, soul, funky and greasy grooves with a HOUSE PARTY AND BAND! Moishe House's very own Danny O. brings his band


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Art Workshop: Community Mural Part II - (7/8/2013)

Have you noticed the awesome large mixed media artwork, depicting a Chicago map, hanging above our dinning room table? This artwork was created by the Moishe House Chicago community over the past several years. You're invited to help us continue the collaboration! Last month, we began the process by repainting the Chicago interior of the map - this month, we're hoping to fill in the blank space. And that's where we need YOU - your ideas, your art skillz (or lack thereof), and your excitement about the city of Chicago. Let's get together to de-stress, get inspired, and make art. This event is open to anyone with an interest in art and a desire to create. No previous art making experience necessary. Art supplies will be provided. Feel free to bring your own materials as well.


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BYOB BARBECUE - (6/30/2013)

We're so excited to be collaborating with the Russian Moishe House for a summer barbecue. They'll be hosting at their lovely home in Streeterville. Come meet new friends and enjoy delicious food in the summer weather.


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YOUTH POWER STORY SLAM - (6/25/2013)

The Youth Power Story Slam is an opportunity for Chicago's youth activists, organizers, and leaders to share what it means to make a difference as a young Chicagoan in our city. We want to create an open and free event where young people can share true stories relating to youth power, from a time they felt empowered to a time they felt oppressed because of their age.


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GOSPEL RUN - (6/22/2013)

Join us in Jackson Park for the first annual Chicago Gospel Run! You can walk or run this inspiring 5K and help raise money for Inspiration Corporation an organization that provides support to those who experience homelessness. If you are interested in participating please email Eleanor (eleanor.mulshine@gmail.com.) Moishe House Chicago will subsidize the entrance fee. The exact amount will be determined by how many people sign up. Check out the Facebook Event!


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SAVE OUR SCHOOL'S SHABBAT DINNER - (6/21/2013)

Let's celebrate the end of the week and the start of Shabbos together. Join us for delicious dinner and great company. Bring a vegetarian dish or beverage to share and leave your stresses from the week at the door. We can't wait to see you! Dinner begins at 7:30pm


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PICNIC & CONCERT IN MILLENNIUM PARK - (6/17/2013)

Meet us at Millennium Park for a relaxing evening of of music with friends. Daniel Lanois and Brokeback will perform as part of the park's Downtown Sound series. We'll bring a blanket, snacks, and wine. You can find us on the field just in front of the stage. If you think you'll have trouble finding us, let us know and we'll exchange cell numbers.


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MONTROSE BEACH CLEAN UP - (6/16/2013)

Come to Montrose Beach in Uptown to learn about environmental issues relating to the public beaches in our city. MH Chicago community member Aaron Levine will guide us through cleaning up the beach.


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PHILOSOPHY FOR THE PERPLEXED AT BOURGEOIS PIG CAFE - (6/11/2013)

Let's ponder the meaning of life, as we drink coffee or tea at the Bourgeois Pig. We'll have a thoughtful discussion based around selected philosophical texts. One drink per person on us!


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Picnic at Chicago Blues Fest - (6/9/2013)

Help us celebrate Danny's birthday at Blues Fest! Meet us at Jackson and Columbus, from there we will go to the Pepsi Front Porch Stage to hang out and enjoy the music. We'll bring blankets, food and drinks. Check out the performance schedule here. Look for more details in upcoming weekly emails.


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Women of the Wall - (6/6/2013)

Since 2009, dozens of women have been arrested at the Western Wall (Kotel) for wearing prayer shawls and praying out loud. They say they are fighting for women's rights, while the authorities say they are disrespecting tradition. Join Moishe House for a discussion of the current status of Women of the Wall and how the situation is changing this year. Delicious FREE dinner will be served!


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Shabbat Potluck and Services - (5/31/2013)

Shabbat Shalom, ya'll! It's that time of the week again where we take a breath and just slowww down. Let's begin the weekend together with a Shabbat service and dinner. Feel free to come for services or join us later in the evening for food and fun. As usual bring a vegetarian dish or beverage to share and leave your stresses from the week at the door. Services begin at 6:30 p.m Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m


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Art Workshop: Chicago Community Mural - (5/29/2013)

Let's get together to de-stress, get inspired, and make art. This event is open to anyone with an interest in art and a desire to create. No previous art making experience necessary. Art supplies will be provided. Feel free to bring your own materials as well. Have you noticed the large mixed media artwork, depicting a Chicago map, hanging above our dinning room table? This artwork was created by the Moishe House Chicago community. You're invited to help us continue the collaboration! At the moment, we are planning to leave the background untouched, and to create a more detailed and accurate map of Chicago's public transportation system over the current map's interior. We are open to your suggestions and ideas. We hope you'll join us.


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Lakeview Action Coalition Membership Party - (5/25/2013)

We're throwing a classic house party. Come to dance, shmooze, and do a Mitzvah while having fun! This party will be raising the funds for Moishe House Chicago to join the Lakeview Action Coalition as a member organization! It's $5 at the door and proceeds will be going to pay for our membership dues. The Lakeview Action Coalition (LAC) is a non-profit, multi-issue community organization. The Coalition is comprised of 49 institutional members, including religious congregations, non-profit agencies, banks, business associations, a credit union and a senior citizens caucus. LAC enables its members to act on their values in public life by participating in the decisions that shape our community's future. Check out LAC's website.


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Philosophy for the Perplexed - (5/22/2013)

We're bringing back the old text study format, this time revamped for our modern sensibilities. Let's drink tea and ponder the meaning of life... or something like that. Delicious dinner will be served.


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Garden Party & BBQ - (5/12/2013)

Calling all you hippies, earth children, eco-warriors, and backyard gardeners out there! WARMTH is here and we want to spread some green love around Chicago. This will be the first in a summer series on Enviornmental Justice and Judaism. Get your hands dirty in the garden, (re)discover why we as Jews should care about enviornmental stewardship, and enjoy an outdoor BYOB BBQ. This month's topic: "Our Roots, Uncovering our Ancient Agricultural Tradition"


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Running Group & Brunch - (5/11/2013)

Oh man. We've really gotten through the worst of it. Now we can wake up from our winter slumbers to run outside! Let's have a nice morning run by the lake and then come back to the house for a healthy brunch. All levels welcome!


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Talmud Class - (5/7/2013)

After the wildly successful "Sex in the Talmud" series in March, Mishkan and Moishe House Chicago have come back together to sponsor another round of traditionally radical Talmud study. If you're currently a participant, there are three more classes scheduled in May! This particular series is not open for new students at this time, but please contact Mary (maryotts@gmail.com) for information about the next round of Talmud Study classes. No previous Talmud experience is required. You must be able to sound our the alef-bet in order to read.


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Shavuot Retreat - (5/3/2013)

Community Learning Retreat, Wisconsin


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Talmud Class - (4/30/2013)

Week #4 After the wildly successful "Sex in the Talmud" series last month, Mishkan and Moishe House Chicago will are coming back together to sponsor another round of traditionally radical Talmud study. Let's delve into the text and learn to bring our insights, life experiences, and internal ethical impulses to queer each page of Talmud. No previous Talmud experience is required, and you need not have attended the first 6 sessions, but you must be able to sound out the alef-bet in order to read.


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PRIVILEGE OPPRESSION AND JUDAISM: History of Feminism - (4/29/2013)

Come over for a thoughtful discussion, about the history of feminism, over a meal. Look for details in upcoming weekly emails. A little bit on POJ, as it's commonly known: We explore ideas of privilege and oppression through the history of Chicago and Judaism, as well as the the way that privilege plays out in our own lives. This group meets once a month for dinner and group discussion. Each session will have a different theme and there may be some minimal reading (it will all be very interesting of course).


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Talmud Class - (4/23/2013)

Week #3 After the wildly successful "Sex in the Talmud" series last month, Mishkan and Moishe House Chicago will are coming back together to sponsor another round of traditionally radical Talmud study. Let's delve into the text and learn to bring our insights, life experiences, and internal ethical impulses to queer each page of Talmud. No previous Talmud experience is required, and you need not have attended the first 6 sessions, but you must be able to sound out the alef-bet in order to read.


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Documentary Screening: Gasland - (4/22/2013)

What the frack's with Fracking? Join us for a documentary screening of Gasland, a film that seeks to uncover the reality of the U.S.A's campaign to drill for natural gas with little regulation. Fracking is happening in Illinois and has notable negative effects on the environment. Dinner will be provided during the movie and discussion to follow. Check out the trailer!


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Running Group & Brunch - (4/21/2013)

I gotta run... RUN RUN RUN... I gotta run! It's getting a *bit* warmer out there. So put on your sneakers and let's hit the concrete. We'll run by the lake together and come back to Moishe House for a healthful brunch. All levels welcome!


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Shabbat Potluck and Services - (4/19/2013)

Shabbat Shalom, ya'll! It's that time of the week again where we take a breath and just slowww down. Let's begin the weekend together with a Shabbat service and dinner. Feel free to come for services or join us later in the evening for food and fun. As usual bring a dish or beverage to share and leave your stresses from the week at the door. Services begin at 6:30 p.m Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m


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Traditionally Radical Talmud Study - (4/16/2013)

Week #2 After the wildly successful "Sex in the Talmud" series last month, Mishkan and Moishe House Chicago will are coming back together to sponsor another round of traditionally radical Talmud study. Let's delve into the text and learn to bring our insights, life experiences, and internal ethical impulses to queer each page of Talmud. No previous Talmud experience is required, and you need not have attended the first 6 sessions, but you must be able to sound out the alef-bet in order to read.


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Israeli Art Workshop: - (4/10/2013)

Let's get together to de-stress, get inspired, and make art. This event is open to anyone with an interest in art and a desire to create. No previous art making experience necessary. Art supplies will be provided. Feel free to bring your own materials as well. Pesya Altman was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has spent her adult life in the United States. Along with being a working artist, Pesya is a teacher of Hebrew language, drama and art. She will share some of her artwork with us, and discuss how the theme of home influences her work and creative process. Participants will have an opportunity to create artwork reflecting what home means in their own lives. Learn more about Pesya's art here.


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CRASH Talk: Traditionally Radical Talmud Study - (4/9/2013)

After the wildly successful "Sex in the Talmud" series last month, Mishkan and Moishe House Chicago will are coming back together to sponsor another round of traditionally radical Talmud study. Let's delve into the text and learn to bring our insights, life experiences, and internal ethical impulses to queer each page of Talmud. No previous Talmud experience is required, and you need not have attended the first 6 sessions, but you must be able to sound out the alef-bet in order to read. Not sure you can commit? Start by attending Rabbi Lappe's famous "CRASH" talk on April 9 and see if you get hooked. It's an experience you won't forget.


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Cafe Finjan - (4/4/2013)

Cafe Finjan is a series of interfaith arts exchanges begun in 2002 by the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs as part of its Jewish-Muslim Community Building Initiative. Art brings us together at Café Finjan, where Jewish and Muslim artists foster relationships and celebrate shared experiences in a spirit of mutual respect, social justice and civil rights. Cafe Finjan Features Jewish and Muslim poets, singer-songwriters, storytellers, comedians, actors, dancers, bands, painters, photographers, and filmmakers. Finjan, a word in both Arabic and Hebrew, is a metal pot for brewing coffee in the traditional Middle Eastern style, not only in the home, but also on a campfire, with friends gathered around for warmth.


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End-of-Passover Feast - (4/2/2013)

Come and get your Chametz on! We'll be ordering some pizza you BYOB. Carb-out


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Running Group & Brunch - (3/31/2013)

Are you an avid runner or beginner and looking for others for motivation? This is the group for you! Let's meet at Moishe House and then go for a nice run at your pace. We will come back to the house for a hearty and healthful brunch.


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Pesach Potluck - (3/29/2013)

Join us for an oneg shabbat! Bring a light dish or drinks to share after synagogue.


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POJ: National council of Jewish women and Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation - (3/28/2013)

A little bit on POJ, as it's commonly known: We explore ideas of privilege and oppression through the history of Chicago and Judaism, as well as the the way that privilege plays out in our own lives. This group meets once a month for dinner and group discussion. Each session will have a different theme and there may be some minimal reading (it will all be very interesting of course).


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Save our Schools Rally - (3/27/2013)

We'll meet in the loop and join other Jews from Chicago to say no to the closing of 100 CPS elementary schools!


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Sign-Making Party for Schools Rally - (3/21/2013)

Come get CREATIVE with JSAS (Jewish Solidarity and Action for School) in the fight to save our schools from the WAR AGAINST PUBLIC EDUCATION! JSAS, also known as The Havdallah Collective, is a Jewish oriented group organizing for racial and economic justice in Chicago. Join us to make signs and get amped up as we discuss the details of Chicago's public school closings, and the community response to these actions. Some art supplies will be provided- PLEASE, BRING WHATEVER MATERIALS YOU CAN! Home of Liz London, Dan Weyl, and Scout Bratt! Entrance is on Hermitage (first door on the west side), just south of Augusta. Buzz the bottom buzzer! COME ONE, COME ALL! Questions? Facebook Liz or Scout, or email Jeremy Siegman at jasiegman@gmail.com. And stay tuned for more info on the March 27th Rally!


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Ides of March Shabbat - (3/15/2013)

Once a month we like to bring the community together for a Shabbat meal. We'll have Kabbalat Shabbat (a brief service) before blessings and dinner. Feel free to come for services (bring along a siddur, if you have one) or join us later in the evening for food and fun. Services will begin at 6:30pm, dinner and discussion will follow around 7:30pm. As usual bring a dish or beverage to share and leave your stresses from the week at the door.


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Improv at iO - (3/13/2013)

Chicago is the home of improv! Let's take advantage of that and head over to Improv Olympics to see the masters at work. Grab a couple of drinks, sit back, and enjoy the show. FYI Seating is super tricky there because it is first come first serve, so we'll be meeting earlier than the show starts to grab a table. Snacks will be on us and admission is free. Get ready to laugh!


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Comics and Judaism - (3/10/2013)

Claire's PresenTense project, Graphically Jewish, aims to teach about Jewish identity through reading, discussing, and creating comics with Jewish themes. She will be teaching a one session course at MH Chi titled Autobiography and Jewish Identity. Participants will read autobiographical comics by Jewish authors and then discuss their own Jewish identity.


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Happy Hour at Sheffield's Pub - (3/5/2013)

Join us for a cold drink and FREE yummy appetizers at one of our favorite local watering holes: Sheffield's. Your company + the atmosphere = one lovely evening.


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Art Workshop - (2/28/2013)

Let's get together to de-stress, get inspired, and make art. This program is open to anyone with an interest in art and a desire to create. No previous art making experience necessary. Art supplies will be provided.


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Knit and Nosh - (2/26/2013)

Feeling the chill and wishing you could cuddle under a snuggie with a book? Join us at Knit and Nosh, and you can make your own! (Instruction not provided...unless knitting pros want to lend their expertise.) Please bring your own knitting supplies. We'll bring delicious food! This event is for knitters who want to hang with like-minded people.


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PURIM: HAMENTASHEN & MISHLOACH MANOT - (2/24/2013)

Let's celebrate Purim over some Hamentashen and the assembly of Mishloach Manot! On Purim we remind ourselves of the topsy turbyness of life, how things can go from good to bad in an instant. We give each other manot, little gifts, to remember those who remain important in our lives throughout it all. We also have a tradition of giving gifts to those who are in need of food or clothing. Let's do both this Purim. Bring some non-perishable food/clothing/toiletries to donate and we'll supply the goods for the manot.


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TEXT STUDY SERIES: SEX IN THE TALMUD - (2/20/2013)

This event is a part of our six week series of Talmudic study in partnership with Mishkan Chicago. Rabbi Benay Lappe of SVRA, a traditionally radical yeshiva dedicated to the serious study of Talmud, will be teaching a course on sexuality in the Talmud once a week at Moishe House Chicago.


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Us Time - (2/18/2013)

We had a super long house meeting and ordered some Chipotle for dinner!


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Shabbat Potluck and Services - (2/15/2013)

Once a month we like to bring the community together for a Shabbat meal. We'll have Kabbalat Shabbat (a brief service) before blessings and dinner. Feel free to come for services (bring along a siddur, if you have one) or join us later in the evening for food and fun. Services will begin at 6:30pm, dinner and discussion will follow around 7:30pm. As usual bring a dish or beverage to share and leave your stresses from the week at the door.


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TEXT STUDY SERIES: SEX IN THE TALMUD - (2/13/2013)

This event is a part of our six week series of Talmudic study in partnership with Mishkan Chicago. Rabbi Benay Lappe of SVRA, a traditionally radical yeshiva dedicated to the serious study of Talmud, will be teaching a course on sexuality in the Talmud once a week at Moishe House Chicago.


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PRIVILEGE OPPRESSION AND JUDAISM: REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE - (2/11/2013)

Come over for a thoughtful discussion about reproductive justice over a meal. Look for details in upcoming weekly emails. A little bit on POJ, as it's commonly known: We explore ideas of privilege and oppression through the history of Chicago and Judaism, as well as the the way that privilege plays out in our own lives. This group meets once a month for dinner and group discussion. Each session will have a different theme and there may be some minimal reading (it will all be very interesting of course).


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TEXT STUDY SERIES: SEX IN THE TALMUD - (2/6/2013)

This event is a part of our six week series of Talmudic study in partnership with Mishkan Chicago. Rabbi Benay Lappe of SVRA, a traditionally radical yeshiva dedicated to the serious study of Talmud, will be teaching a course on sexuality in the Talmud once a week at Moishe House Chicago.


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Superbowl Party - (2/3/2013)

Have you heard about the "football craze" sweeping the nation? Now is your chance to jump on the bandwagon! Join us for an epic viewing party of Superbowl XLVII, during which the coaches will re-enact the fatefull meeting of Jacob and Esau. Will it be all hugs and kisses, or will the Harbaugh brothers pull a Cain and Abel? Come Sunday to find out!


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Art Workshop: Mixed media inspired by Israeli artists - (1/31/2013)

Let's get together to de-stress, get inspired, and make art. This program was open to anyone with an interest in art and a desire to create. No previous art making experience necessary. Art supplies were provided. We had a brief conversation about the work and creative processes of four contemporary Israeli artists (links below) and time to create our own original works of art. Dan Birenboim: A curator, urban planner and artist with a focus in architecture and the greening of urban space. Paula Benveniste: An artist who's work deals with artistic experimentation and personal identity. Hanna Jaeger: A artist who's work deals with the "peeping experience of painting." Yoav Brener: An artist who is interested in "original and innovative ways of visual expression."


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The Divine Meal: Tu B'shvat Seder - (1/24/2013)

Celebrate Tu B'shevat, The New Year for Trees, with an interactive seder featuring guided meditation, music, and a vegetarian feast as we travel the transformation of seasons. All are welcome.


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Point-in-time Homeless Count - (1/22/2013)

The Point-In-Time Homeless Count is conducted every two years to provide the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) with a “snapshot” of Chicago’s homeless population. The data gathered on the actual number of homeless in Chicago serves as a basis for federal funding, for service and resource planning, and to raise public awareness about homelessness. Moishe House volunteers came together to participate in the all-night count, traveling around the city to make sure that every homeless person was accounted for.


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Winter Yoga - (1/21/2013)

After a particularly cold snap hit Chicago, we revised our plan to go for a run outdoors and instead did some de-stressing power yoga at the House.


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Shabbat Potluck and Services - MLK Day - (1/18/2013)

Once a month we like to bring the community together for a Shabbat meal. We had Kabbalat Shabbat (a brief service) before blessings and dinner. We also celebrated the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by engaging in a meaningful discussion about one of the defining civil rights issues of our time: education inequality.


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Why a Jewish Social Justice Community? - (1/17/2013)

We joined AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, as well as many special guests, to engage in an interesting conversation about the relationship between Judaism and Social Justice. We heard from a panel of individuals who are working in both fields as we discuss the intersection between the two.


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Sex in the Talmud: Part Two - (1/16/2013)

At the second installment of Sex in the Talmud, participants delved more deeply into a sugiya on various sexual acts and their results in the world. Chevruta pairs studied the text in its original language for an hour and half, followed by a class led by Rabbi Benay Lappe.


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Privilege, Oppression, and Judaism: Forclosure - (1/14/2013)

Since 2008, millions of families have faced foreclosure and eviction from their homes due to the subprime mortgage crisis. This crisis has particularly affected homeowners of color and lower-income neighborhoods. For this POJ, we will continue last month's discussion on housing and explore: - How structural forms of racism have affected this crisis - How to strike a balance between economic and human rights-based analyses of this crisis - How different groups advocate for evicted and at-risk homeowners We'll have a short film, a mental exercise activity, and text-based discussion. Food provided! A little bit on POJ, as it's commonly known: We explore ideas of privilege and oppression through the history of Chicago and Judaism, as well as the the way that privilege plays out in our own lives. This group meets once a month for dinner and group discussion. Each session will have a different theme and there may be some minimal reading (it will all be very interesting of course).


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Ice Skating at Wrigley - (1/10/2013)

Okay, let's be real. The winter is a really beautiful time, but often those low temps can be a real downer. How about we gracefully glide into the season together? Let's go ice skating! We covered the cost of admission, you just needed to bring five bucks for skate rentals (unless you're a pro and have your own). Wearing something shinny/glittery/made of spandex was encouraged, but not required.


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TEXT STUDY SERIES: SEX IN THE TALMUD - (1/9/2013)

Mishkan and Moishe House Chicago co-sponsored a series of six weekly classes, taught by Talmud scholar Rabbi Benay Lappe, this January. If you can read your alef-bet, you can study Talmud. You knew the rabbis talked about sex right? Here's the deal, though: you've got to want it. No one-night stands- this class is for people who want to learn how to learn, and will commit to the 6-session series. No previous Talmud study required.


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Or Tzedek Story Slam - (12/27/2012)

We joined with Or Tzedek, an inspiring group of Jewish teen activist for an evening of story telling. A story slam is a lot like an open mic night, you sign up to perform when you arrive, and when it's time you're called up and asked to tell a personal story. It's a lot like the Moth, visit their website for examples! http://themoth.org/stories


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Hebrew Hour - (12/23/2012)

Has your Hebrew gotten a little rusty? Are you sad because the only words you know are "shalom" and "matzah"? Or maybe you're fluent and can't wait to talk with other Hebraphones. Or maybe you just love having fun with cool people. If any of these apply, join us for our Hanukkah edition of Hebrew Hour with native-speaker Gabrielle. Hannukah may have already ended, but that won't stop us from practicing our Hebrew speaking in the spirit of the holiday. We'll chat, play games, eat donuts, and learn together in an informal setting.


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Running Group & Brunch - (12/22/2012)

Que inspirational music.... NOW! Are you an avid runner or beginner and looking for others for motivation? This is the group for you! We met at Moishe House and then go for a nice run at your pace. We came back to the house for a hearty and healthful brunch.


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Hot Chocolate of Your Dreams & Cookie Decoration - (12/17/2012)

What do you dream of? Sometimes... we just dream of hot chocolate. Yeah, that Swiss Miss stuff is nice, but sometimes I have crazy vissions that don't just end with marshmallows..... how about sprinkles, peanut butter, candy, whipped cream, white chocolate?! The possibilities are endless!!! We played mad scientist and create the hot chocolate of our dreams. To get in the festive spirit why not throw in some cookie decoration? SUGAR OVERLOAD. Yes please.


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Privilege, Oppression, and Judaism: Housing - (12/10/2012)

Folks came over for a thoughtful discussion about Jews and politics over a meal. This month's topic: Housing. A little bit on POJ, as it's commonly known: We explore ideas of privilege and oppression through the history of Chicago and Judaism, as well as the the way that privilege plays out in our own lives. This group meets once a month for dinner and group discussion. Each session will have a different theme and there may be some minimal reading (it will all be very interesting of course).


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Latkah-Off - (12/9/2012)

Do you have an old family latkah recipe passed down generation to generation? Perhaps you're a bit of an experimenter in the kitchen? All of the above and anywhere in between were invited to lay down their skills in a good old fashioned Latkah-Off. Yeah, it was intese. We asked folks us know what ingredients you'll need beforehand and we'll try our best to buy them for you. There was cooking at Moishe House.


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Kabbalat Shabbat and Potluck - (12/7/2012)

We celebrated the end of the week and the start of Shabbos together. We hosted Kabbalat Shabbat (a brief service) prior to dinner.


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Art Group - (12/6/2012)

This was a time practice your painting technique, uncover your creative side, and express yourself! The art group meets once a month for some basic lessons from a professional artist. For more information and to reserve your spot for the next program email Sarah at sarahrose524@gmail.com


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Happy Hour at Sheffield's - (11/29/2012)

We washed away the stresses of the week with a cold drink and yummy appetizers. We met at one of our favorite local watering holes: Sheffield's. Your company + the atmosphere = one lovely evening.


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Privilege, Oppression, and Judaism: Jews & Politics - (11/19/2012)

A little bit on POJ, as it's commonly known: We explore ideas of privilege and oppression through the history of Chicago and Judaism, as well as the the way that privilege plays out in our own lives. This group meets once a month for dinner and group discussion. Each session will have a different theme and there may be some minimal reading (it will all be very interesting of course).


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Walk for the Hyatt Strike - (11/17/2012)

The Chicago Hyatt workers are fighting for a fair contract. The American Academy of Religion is staying at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, and holding a conference there. However, those who have pledged to boycott Hyatt Hotels and Resorts until workers receive a fair contract are staying downtown. We joined religious Jews and others who are boycotting Hyatt Hotels and cannot take the shuttle on Shabbat to McCormick Place. We followed up on October's Labor Shabbat and showed our solidarity! The walk starts downtown, but we left from Moishe House together.


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Introduction to Oil Painting - (11/15/2012)

For those who love to paint, wanted to practice their skills, or try painting for the first time... The workshop included an introductory oil painting lesson, and a beginner level painting project. Art supplies were provided.


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Will You Stand Up? - (11/12/2012)

We went to the theatre! Whether victim, perpetrator, or witness, acts of violence leave no one unharmed. In WILL YOU STAND UP?, five men and women find their voices, confront their pasts, and challenge their communities to action in this fierce and visceral production about the various effects of violence on mental health.


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Running Group & Brunch - (11/10/2012)

Are you an avid runner or beginner and looking for others for motivation? This is the group for you! We met at Moishe House and then went for a nice run at each person's own pace. We then came back to the house for a hearty and healthful brunch.


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Talmudic Turkey, or What We can Learn About Thanksgiving from Judaism - (11/7/2012)

Our monthly text study, this time on the topic of giving thanks in the Torah and the ethics of arriving in a new land. Dinner was served.


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Chili Cook-Off for the Homeless - (11/4/2012)

In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing. We helped this great local organization by cooking a delicious dinner for their participants! We asked folks to join Moishe House to cook up a big pot of chili in partnership with the Chicago Repair House!


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Global Hunger Shabbat - (11/2/2012)

Our November Shabbat Potluck in conjunction with the American Jewish World Service. We celebrated Shabbat and learned how we can make a difference in the lives of people facing hunger around the world. This was a a potluck style dinner.


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Hebrew Hour - (10/28/2012)

This is a program for the folks wanting to begin learning Hebrew or practice with a native speaker over dinner. Hebrew Hour is an immersive learning experience that is open to the advanced and beginner level speakers. We met over dinner, spoke in Hebrew, and watched some Israeli TV.


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Privilege, Oppression, and Judaism series - (10/22/2012)

A little bit on POJ, as it's commonly known: We explore ideas of privilege and oppression through the history of Chicago and Judaism, as well as the the way that privilege plays out in our own lives. This group meets once a month for dinner and group discussion. Each session will have a different theme and there may be some minimal reading (it will all be very interesting of course). This month we discussed Voting Rights in light of the upcoming election.


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Kickball and Brunch - (10/21/2012)

This was Round 2: Due to rain in September we had to postpone our kickball game, but we were back and with a vengeance. It's was on! Brunch was also served post game.


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Shabbat Potluck - Labor Edition - (10/19/2012)

Fall is here ya'll. Don't you just want a cup of hot cider, some pumpkin pie, squash soup... We do too. Cozy up in Moishe House and take a break - it's Shabbat! The evening featured a short presentation by a current Hyatt worker struggling against employer abuse and a lack of union contract. Learn about concrete steps you can take to support these workers! For more information about an exciting upcoming action to support the Hyatt workers and Jewish leaders, see http://Justiceathyatt.org/walk.


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Running Club - (10/17/2012)

This was the first meeting of the Moishe House running club! This was planning meeting to figure out what schedule suits community members best, but in the future this group will go for runs together to motivate and encourage a healthy lifestyle! Snacks were served at this first meeting.


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Text Study - (10/10/2012)

We asked the community to join Moishe House for our monthly installment of Text Study over dinner. Our theme for this month was "Judaism and Revolution" and we particularly looked at Baba Mestia from the Talmud.


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Havdallah in the Sukkah - (10/6/2012)

We wanted to celebrate the end of Shabbat and the start of the new week inside Moishe House's Sukkah. We asked people to come enjoy desserts underneath the stars.


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Hookah in the Sukkah - (10/2/2012)

The hookah, also called a nargila or qalyan, is a Middle Eastern instrument for smoking flavored tobacco. It also rhymes with 'sukkah.' We asked folks to join us for an evening of relaxing, snacking, and smoke bubbles in our holiday hut. We also provided materials for the decoration of the Sukkah. People could also bring blankets and sleeping bags if they wanted to stay the night!


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Us Time - (9/27/2012)

We ordered Thai food, hung out, and conducted a weekly house meeting!


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Disco Break-Fast - (9/26/2012)

Yom Kippur can be a day of spiritual detox and we wanted to keep the energy high... community members were able to end the holiday with Mishkan and Moishe House! They danced the night away with great music, great food and drinks- catered by Celena's Healthy Gourmet.


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Privilege, Oppression, and Judaism series - (9/24/2012)

POJ is a monthly discussion group that meets to discuss issues of privilege and oppression through a Jewish lens. This week's topic: anti-racism. Dinner was served.


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Text Study - (9/19/2012)

Our text study group examined the ethical meaning of Yom Kippur through the lens of various Jewish texts over dinner.


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Rosh Rest-Stop - (9/17/2012)

For those spending the day bouncing between high holiday services and were looking for a place to chill in between. We opened up Moishe House, conveniently located near a variety of synagogues, to be their break space! Community members came by to eat a little food, take a nap on a couch, shmooze, or enjoyed a board game.


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Kickball with the new residents - (9/13/2012)

Moishe House Chicago hosted planned to host a good ol' fashioned kickball game to soak up the last few days of summer. The fall got the best of us though and rained the game out! Instead we retreated back to the house for pizza, hot cocoa, and board games.


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Hebrew Hour - (9/10/2012)

Community members came over to MH Chicago and had a chance to practice their Hebrew with a native speaker over dinner.


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Saturday Morning Service with Mishkan - (9/1/2012)

In partnership with eclectic Jewish community Mishakn, Moishe House presented a spiritual and uplifting Saturday morning service with a light Kiddush to follow. (no photos of service in order to respective the observance of some community members)


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Picnic and Music at Millennium Park - (8/30/2012)

We brought snacks and wine and relaxed to a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at Chicago's scenic Millennium Park.


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Potluck Shabbat Dinner - Food Waste Free - (8/24/2012)

It was the first Shabbat dinner hosted entirely by the new iteration of Moishe House Chicago Residents. We also debuted our new composting system to both educate our community members about food waste and how composting works, but also as a part of Moishe House Chicago's continual 'greening' efforts.


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Text Study - (8/22/2012)

We gathered and discussed the parsha of the week. We also nosched on pizza and beer.


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Olympics Watch Party - (8/9/2012)

Community member, Aaron, hosted us in his home to watch track and field, platform diving, and BMX biking. We ordered in dinner to enhance our watching experience.


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Privilege, Oppression and Judaism: Planning Meeting - (8/6/2012)

We gathered together to plan out the next several month's of program topics and facilitators. We also celebrated Zach's (a key community member) birthday.


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Iftar in the Synagogue - (8/2/2012)

“Iftar” is the breaking of the daily fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Moishe House Chicago partook and helped host this annual inspiring event. The evening included Jewish and Muslim prayers, engaging speakers, conversation and a kosher/halal dinner.


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Hebrew Hour - (7/30/2012)

Gabrielle led a session for Hebrew speakers of ALL levels to practice their language skills, complete with watching a Hebrew TV show and eating Mediterranean dinner.


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Tisha B'Av Text Study with Cantor Davis - (7/22/2012)

Cantor Michael Davis facilitated a discussion about Tisha B'Av and the destruction of the temple's influence in different strains of Judaism


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Music and Picnic at Millennium Park - (7/16/2012)

We relaxed, nosched, and listened to the incredible tunes of Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires + Abigail Washburn at Millennium Park.


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Run to End Homelessness - (7/15/2012)

Many members of the Moishe House Chicago community came together to run for team "Pursue!" for a 5K run/walk fundraiser for the Safe Haven Foundation. This organization works to end homelessness by providing transitional housing, job training programs and many other services.


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Potluck Shabbat - (7/13/2012)

We had a potluck Shabbat to welcome the Sabbath bride and bid farewell to two of our housemates.


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Privilege, Oppression and Judaism: Cambodian Museum - (7/9/2012)

Our very own Julia Baskin led us on a tour of The Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial. The museum raises awareness of the Cambodian genocide and celebrates the renewal of Cambodian community and culture in the United States. We had a discussion afterward.


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Jewish-Muslim Bike Ride - (7/8/2012)

On Sunday, July 8, Jews, Muslims, and all interested others saddled-up for a leisurely group bike ride around Chicago. Along the route, riders stoped at significant community landmarks like synagogues and mosques. This ride was an opportunity to spend an afternoon sharing the simple, universal joy of riding a bicycle. The event was organized by the Jewish-Muslim Community Building Initiative.


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Making the Connection: Comedy Fundraiser - (7/1/2012)

We went to a comedy fundraiser to raise money for the National Runaway Switchboard. The National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) is a Chicago organization whose mission is to help keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets by providing a 24-hour hotline, online chat services, and connecting youth and families across the country to resources and safe spaces (1800runaway.org). Tickets are $15.


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Hebrew Hour - (6/27/2012)

Gabrielle led another successful program for people of all skill levels to practice their Hebrew language skills.


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Open Community Meeting - (6/25/2012)

We were encouraged by our process in the past of bringing community members together to make decisions concerning the community and our programming. And so we thought, heck, let's try to do that on a more regular basis to give space for communal decision making and to get feedback from you. And it just so happens we had a decision to be made. Should Moishe House join Lakeview Action Coalition? We had a discussion about what it would mean for MH to be a member of a local community organizing group. We also discussed the structure of future discussions like this and brainstormed ideas of how to revitalize our text study group.


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Text Study- Parshat Korach - (6/24/2012)

We met at the beach and discussed Korach, Moshe, God, freedom of speech, and political participation.


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Us Time! - (6/24/2012)

We went to our favorite vegetarian diner and celebrated ourselves!!!


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Urban Art Retreat - Veggie Potluck and Discussion about Diversity - (6/23/2012)

Moishe House joined Urban Art Retreat for a veggie potluck, followed by a critical discussion about diversity. Urban Art Retreat seeks to empower marginalized peoples across Chicago through art and community service. UAR provides a wide array of services, including classes, a community gallery, a garden, heritage reclamation projects, art therapy sessions, and a retreat space. We mingled with some of the center's volunteers and learned more about UAR's great work in North Lawndale!


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Privilege, Oppression and Judaism: Housing Equality - (6/21/2012)

Ben and Danny led a discussion on the state of housing equality in Chicago. The discussion focused on the deterioration of public housing, and its displacement by privatization and public housing. We began the session with a screening of "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth", a documentary about the infamous public housing structure in St. Louis. We then connected lessons learned from the film with current struggles for affordable housing in modern day Chicago. Food provided.


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Picnic and Music at Millennium Park - (6/18/2012)

We relaxed with an evening of noshing and music at Millennium Park. Cloud Cult and Judson Claiborne performed.


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Text Study - Parshat Shelach - (6/17/2012)

We noshed and discussed Parshat Shelach.


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Potluck Shabbat Dinner ft. Urban Art Retreat - (6/15/2012)

Special guests from Urban Art Retreat joined us to tell us about their program. Located in Little Village, UAR seeks to empower marginalized peoples across Chicago through art and community service.


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Text Study - Naso - (6/3/2012)

We discussed Parshat Naso and ate bagels and shmear!


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Shavuot Shuffle - (5/26/2012)

Peer led teaching sessions and dairy eating dessert good times


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Text Study - Bamidbar - (5/26/2012)

This week, our text study was one of the sessions of the Shavuot Shuffle program. We had record attendance, and some great insights.


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Privilege, Oppression and Judaism: Language - (5/21/2012)

Zach and Jill lead a discussion on language as a societal construct. How does "official" or vernacular language reinforce hierarchy in society. What entitles certain groups the privilege of linguistic hegemony? How are others' linguistic traditions erased by political and societal pressures? We will begin by looking at these questions from a general point of view and then apply them to specific issues relevant to the Jewish community. Food provided!


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Text Study: Behar-Bekhukotai Edition! - (5/20/2012)

We ate snacks while discussing the parshiot of the week, Behar-Bekhukotai!


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2nd round interview - (5/13/2012)

We got together the community to meet applicants for the house.


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Text Study: Emor - (5/13/2012)

We ate snacks while discussing the parshah of the week, Emor!


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Lag B'Omer - (5/9/2012)

On the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer, it is traditional to have a bonfire. There is lots to read online about this holiday. We will be celebrating with our friends at Mishkan, Mitziut, and the Center for Jewish Mindfulness with a bonfire, meditation and music.


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Brunch and Justice - (5/6/2012)

Brunch at Moishe before Lakeview Action Coalition Action Assembly


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Text Study - (5/6/2012)

Peer led weekly text study group


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Potluck Shabbat - (5/4/2012)

Potluck vegetarian Shabbat the house.


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Privilege, Oppression and Judaism: - (4/30/2012)

Community members led a discussion on Queer Identity and Judaism. We explored Queer-positive interpretations of the Torah, by reading and discussing the scriptures most often cited in Jewish anti-Queer discourse. We then related this text study to struggles for GLBT rights in contemporary Judaism.


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Challah Baking Workshop - (4/24/2012)

MH Chicago resident Danny taught community members his special recipe and secret touch to make the perfect challah for Shabbat.


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Hebrew Hour - (4/23/2012)

Native-Hebrew speaker Gabrielle convened the monthly group to practice Hebrew language skills.


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Text Study - (4/22/2012)

We gathered together for a self-led text study on Shemini II.


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Potluck Shabbat ft. Angalia Bianca - (4/20/2012)

We added a special twist to our usual Shabbat potluck. Ms. Bianca, a woman who experienced years of substance abuse and homelessness before turning her life around at A Safe Haven and who is now working for CeaseFire, came to speak with us. We discussed US drug policy and how it affects our society.


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Maimunah: Sephardic Cooking Night - (4/15/2012)

Moishe House Chicago and Kehillah partnered for a Sephardic cooking night to commemorate the day after Passover with a mimunah, eating leavened bread. Jeremy Nagar taught the making of Sephardic salads, dips, and couscous. We also enjoyed music, baklava, and other treats.


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Text Study - Shir Hashirim - (4/15/2012)

We took a break from Leviticus to study one of the most ancient love songs.


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99% Spring Training - (4/14/2012)

MH Chi was part of 100,000 people across the country who were trained on the current economy and how we got here, the history of non-violent direct action, and what we can do in our community to gain economic justice during the week of April 9-15. Our friends at Lakeview Action Coalition and Northside P.O.W.E.R. hosted a training. History is calling, it's time to step up!


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Shabbat Services and Dinner with Mishkan - (4/13/2012)

Moishe House and Mishkan partnered together for another rocking Shabbat experience. Rabbi Lizzi of Mishkan led a musical, moving Shabbat service at Temple Sholom, then we nasched into the late hours of the night on a Kosher for Passover meal at MH Chi. About Mishkan: We're about creativity and tradition, about building space for ecstatic prayer, music and meditation, for being intellectually stimulated and spiritually invigorated. We believe that this kind of engagement with Judaism brings more light, more goodness, more joy, and more justice to the world.


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Dive!: Documentary viewing and discussion - (3/26/2012)

We continued this month's theme of food with a documentary viewing and discussion. Earlier in the month we met with a local farmer. Next we watched the movie "Dive!" to learn about food waste. "Inspired by a curiosity about our country's careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles' supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food - resulting in an inspiring documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action."


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Text Study - Vayikra - (3/25/2012)

We gathered at a community member's home to study Vayikra.


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Labor Seder - (3/22/2012)

We celebrated Passover early with a seder that examined justice in the workplace in Chicago. Arise Chicago, AVODAH, Moishe House Chicago, and the Jewish Labor Committee hosted a Labor Seder to explore connections between workers' rights and Passover.


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Hebrew Hour - (3/21/2012)

Gabrielle Calmy led our community in another engaging evening of learning and speaking conversational Hebrew over dinner.


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Privilege, Oppression and Judaism: Feminism and Judaism, Part 2 - (3/19/2012)

Following last month's film and discussion about Agunot and feminist issues in Orthodox Judaism, POJ moved the conversation to broader feminist issues in the Reform and Orthodox movements. Despite increasing female leadership in Reform Judaism, women Rabbis and presidents continue to face institutionalized challenges. This month's discussion examined two female presidents in national Reform organizations, and how their stories reflect the status of egalitarianism in Reform Judaism. We also learned from leading scholar Rachel Kohl Finegold about women's issues in Orthodox Judaism from her unique perspective. Dinner was served.


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Text Study - Vayak'heil/P'kudei - (3/18/2012)

We got together to study Vayak'heil/P'kudei at a community member's home.


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Cafe Finjan - (3/15/2012)

MH Chicago attended Cafe Finjan, the annual interfaith arts exchange sponsored by the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. Muslim and Jewish artists and performers explored this year's theme, "New Roots Chicago: Digging our past and branching into our future.” It was an unforgettable night of music, visual arts, spoken word and dancing. The series establishes points of contact, and nurtures a greater understanding between Jews and Muslims of Chicago while creating spaces for people of these diverse backgrounds to come together and give voice to their identity and experience as part of a larger community.


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Text Study - Ki Tissa - (3/11/2012)

We gathered at Max's house to study Ki Tissa.


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Movie Night - (3/11/2012)

People came to relax at Moishe House. We watched a fun movie and ate snacks. There was no structure and no discussion leaders, just a time to close out the weekend and reenergize ourselves before the week ahead.


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Makor Shabbat ft. Discussion on Local Agriculture - (3/9/2012)

Moishe House Chicago and Kehilla patnered to host a Shabbat dinner at Moishe House Chi. We invited community member, Jon Klemt, to lead a discussion on local foods and community supported agriculture (CSA). He is a co-founder of New Traditions Farm. At 9pm, we went down the street to Anshe Sholom for an oneg, including dessert, an open bar, and a performance by Yuri Lane, world-renowned beat boxer, and to schmooze with the other Makor Shabbat attendees.


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Text Study - Tetsaveh - (3/4/2012)

We gathered at community member Deva's house to study Tetsaveh. She provided tea and scones.


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"Sin or Mitzvah?" Purim Party! - (3/3/2012)

Sin vs. Mitzvah, good vs. evil, favorite Megillah character... we didn't care! We hosted a costume party for Purim. In the Purim spirit of giving to those in need, we asked attendees to bring a cash donation for The Night Ministry or 2 cans for the Lakeview Pantry.


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Hebrew Hour - (2/29/2012)

Learning a language can be fun! This time our monthly Hebrew discussion group watched an Israeli comedy episode and discussed.


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Us Time February - (2/28/2012)

We decompressed and caught up over a dinner of Thai food. 12 programs: What a crazy month!


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Text Study - T'ruma - (2/26/2012)

Our weekly, community member-led Torah study group got together to discuss parsha T'ruma.


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Feminism and Judaism - (2/20/2012)

This month's Privilege, Oppression and Judaism discussion group examined feminism and Judaism.


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Limmud Chicago - (2/19/2012)

Limmud, the Hebrew word for "learning," is a volunteer run celebration and festival of Jewish thought, arts, culture, life, learning and teaching. The Limmud model is built on the premise that everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to share. What's more, Limmud is a multi-generational, multi-denominational, diverse and inclusive event, welcoming all types of Jews and creating a community of learners. Moishe House Chicago had a delegation that attended the event.


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Shabbat Services - (2/17/2012)

We brought our community together to daven with a member-led service. We did Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma'ariv.


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Potluck Shabbat Dinner - (2/17/2012)

We had a vegetarian potluck Shabbat dinner.


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Text Study - Yitro - (2/12/2012)

Our weekly, community member-led Torah study group got together to discuss parsha Yitro.


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Salsa Dancing Lessons - (2/11/2012)

One of our very own community members led MH Chicago and the Chicago Russian-speaking Moishe House for an evening of salsa dancing! There was a free group lesson followed by open social dancing.


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Volunteering with the Night Ministry's Youth Outreach Van - (2/9/2012)

In follow up to our Shabbat dinner featuring speakers from The Night Ministry, MH Chicago spent the evening volunteering with the Night Ministry's Youth Outreach Van in Lakeview. Volunteers assisted with food distribution and other services provided by The Night Ministry. The evening began with an orientation session.


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Preparing food for The Night Ministry - (2/8/2012)

We called on community members to help make 250 sandwhiches and 10 gallons of chili the night before we went out to provide the food for homeless youth that stay in our neighborhood.


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Eat.Talk.Grow. - (2/7/2012)

We partnered with other local organizations to celebrate the New Year of Trees with an evening of music, meditation, seder, light dinner, schmoozing and dessert.


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Text Study - Beshalech - (2/5/2012)

We pre-gamed for the Superbowl with a little text study! We discussed Parsha Beshalech (parting of the Red Sea, Manna, attack of Amaleck). Max and Jonathan prepared bbq tofu, some chicken wings and beer.


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Tu B'shevat Havdallah - (2/4/2012)

Our community kicked off their Friday night with an upbeat Tu B'Shvat-themed Havdallah service. There was singing, sipping, sniffing, and noshing to create a spiritually, environmentally, and gustatorily satisfying experience. We served a light dinner will be provided after the program.


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Text Study: Bo - (1/29/2012)

We came together for a community member led discussion of the parsha Bo.


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Privilege, Oppression and Judaism - (1/26/2012)

We reconvened this popular discussion group to brainstorm and chart out a calendar with topics and facilitators for discussion groups for the next few months.


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Hebrew Hour and Dinner with Gabrielle - (1/25/2012)

Gabrielle, a native Hebrew speaker, led her monthly Hebrew hour. She facilitated conversation and learning for people of all Hebrew levels.


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Text Study: Va-eira - (1/22/2012)

We came together for a community member led discussion of the parsha Va-eira.


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Shabbat Services - (1/20/2012)

We had a community-member led Kabbalat and Maariv Shabbat services at Moishe House.


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Potluck Shabbat Dinner - (1/20/2012)

People came for a potluck Shabbat dinner.


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Community Conversation on MH-Birthright NEXT partnership - (1/16/2012)

We brought community members together to follow-up on the program we hosted in November with staff from Birthright NEXT. We sought counsel from our community members to set standards for how MH Chicago partners with Birthright NEXT.


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Text Study: Sh'mot - (1/15/2012)

We came together for a community-member led discussion on Sh'mot.


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Makor Shabbat Dinner ft. The Night Ministry - (1/13/2012)

Moishe House Chicago hosted a Makor Shabbat dinner. The theme was youth homelessness in Chicago. Rabbi Menachem Cohen of The NIght Ministry joined us to share about the work his organization does and educated us about the issues facing the large homeless youth population that resides in our neighborhood. This was in preparation for direct service we're doing in February. After dinner we joined the other Makor dinners for desserts at a local synagogue.


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Electronics and Recycling - (1/9/2012)

Moishe House Chicago kicked off an electronic waste fundraising drive. The Chicago house will be a drop-off point for broken or obsolete technology, that people want to dispose of responsibly. One of our community members runs a business in this field and led an engaging discussion about the issues with electronic waste and the recycling process.


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Text Study-Vayechi - (1/8/2012)

We had a community member-led study on the parsha Vayechi, the ending of the book of Genesis. It contained the story of Jacob's death and the explanation behind the Shema.


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Potluck Shabbat - (12/30/2011)

Moishe House hosted a relaxing potluck Shabbat dinner on erev-New Year's Eve.


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Hebrew Hour and Dinner with Gabrielle - (12/26/2011)

A 90-minute hour? That's how they do it in Israel! Not really... but we practiced speaking like we were there! Hebrew speakers of all levels were welcome. Dinner was served.


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Hanukkah Barefoot Boogie - (12/24/2011)

Mishkan, Mitziut, and the Moishe House presented Barefoot Boogie! It was the 5th night of Hanukkah and the night before Christmas. We brought all that holy energy in with a Boogie-style dance party: lights off, shoes off, DANCE. Added to the mix were havdallah and Hanukkah candle-lighting (BYO channukiah/menorah), some pearls of wisdom from R's Menachem and Lizzi, and vegan Thai food. This night was be off the chook. Donations were collected for the Night Ministry, too, to help their homeless clients through the winter: travel sized toothpaste and deodorant, soap, shower stuff, new socks, scarves, coats, hats, etc. THE BIG IDEA: Hanukkah is all about coming out from hiding, embracing and reveling in your most unadulterated and wacky self. That's pretty much what the Maccabees were fighting for when they insisted upon practicing Judaism openly in Greek-dominated culture, after all.


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Latkes in Pilsen - (12/18/2011)

The one and only Deva Estin was generous enough to open her home to us for some early Chanukah treats. We had latkes, a jam session, and good cheer.


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Growthbusters: Hooked On Growth --documentary night - (12/12/2011)

It was our monthly documentary and discussion night. This month we watched GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth. GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth looks into the psychology of denial and crowd behavior. It explores our obsession with urban and economic growth, and our reluctance to address overpopulation issues head-on. This documentary holds up a mirror, encouraging us to examine the beliefs and behaviors we must leave behind – and the values we need to embrace – so our children can survive and thrive. A stimulating discussion followed the film.


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Text Study: Vayishlach and Vayeshev - (12/11/2011)

Jake and Jonathan led an exciting discussion on Parsha Vayishlach and Vayeshev.


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Mishan and Moishe House Shabbat Services - (12/9/2011)

We partnered with the growing spiritual community of Mishkan for a stimulating service in our home.


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Mishkan and Moishe House Shabbat Dinner - (12/9/2011)

After we davened, we schmoozed and ate until the early hours of the morning.


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CAASE & Temple Sholom Panel - (12/8/2011)

There was a panel of experts, including the executive director of Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, CAASE's legal director, and a survivor, to talk about sexual exploitation in Chicago. There was also a screening of a short film made by survivors of prostitution in Chicago and a discussion of the relevance of this issue to the Jewish community.


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Text Study - (11/27/2011)

We had a community-member led text study.


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Food, Inc. Showing - (11/17/2011)

We watched a film that critically examines America's corporate controlled food industry and discussed it afterwards with a vegan chef.


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Global Hunger Shabbat w/AJWS - (11/4/2011)

Aaron Dorfman, Vice President for Programs at American Jewish World Service, joined us on the national Global Hunger Shabbat to teach us about the politics of the global food crisis. Aaron explained how American Jews can put pressure on our government to reform food aid policies that exacerbate hunger and poverty. He also highlighted the grassroots projects that AJWS supports in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Sharing testimonies from dedicated volunteers—students, community leaders and skilled professionals—Aaron demonstrated the transformative impact we can make as global citizens working for a more just world.


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Torah on Tap - (10/26/2011)

Community member, Jake Adler, led our group in a thought-provoking discussion on B'reishit. For the second hour of the evening, we dissolved into our regular monthly happy hour.


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Interfaith Encounters Association - (10/25/2011)

Moishe House hosted Dr. Yehuda Stolov, the founder of IEA for a discussion of their work in Israel and general overview of how interfaith dialogue can lead to lasting piece.


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Privilege Opression and Judaism - (10/18/2011)

We had dinner and discussion on Jewish perspectives and commentary on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict with Michael Davis is the cantor at Lakeside Congregation in Highland Park. Cantor Davis received a traditional yeshiva education and is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in musicology. He trained in Israel where he served as a military chaplain. He is active on behalf of peace and justice in Israel/Palestine.


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The Interrupters - (10/17/2011)

We watched The Interrupters, which tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, this film is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities.


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Shabbat in the Sukkah - (10/14/2011)

Celebrated Shabbat during sukkot, both in the house and outside in the sukkah. A fun program with lots of Challah and merriment!


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Sukkot Housing Justice Action w. JCUA - (10/11/2011)

Moishe House joined with JCUA and other community organizations to protest at the Mortgage Bankers Association. We created a temporary sukkah and interfaith members of the community shared stories to demand justice in the foreclosure crisis and destruction of public housing.


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Sukkah Building and Decoration - (10/9/2011)

Residents and community members build our house sukkah and decorated it. There were supplies to make mini gingerbread sukkahs and lots of crafts to hang in the sukkah.


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Break the Fast - (10/8/2011)

We gathered to have a Yom Kippur break the fast. It was held in a home of several community members. We ate and drank gratefully.


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Apples To Apples And Honey: New Year Game Night! - (9/27/2011)

Celebrating the new year, MHChicago-style, with lots of new year-themed foods, including apples and honey, agave nectar, apple chips, apple pie, apple sauce, honey cake...and so much more.


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ALLYSHIP TRAINING (brought to you by PRIVILEGE AND OPPRESSION DISCUSSION GROUP) - (9/22/2011)

We met for the 2nd part of the Allyship training with Heather Rakes of DePaul University.


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Shabbat - (9/16/2011)

We had a communal Shabbat dinner where food and challah was prepared by the residents.


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Shabbat Services - (9/16/2011)

Moishe House Chicago had community led Shabbat services.


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HAPPY HOUR WITH THE NEW RESIDENTS! - (9/13/2011)

Community members came to grab a beverage, some food, and meet the new Moishe House Chicago residents!!!


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ALLYSHIP TRAINING (brought to you by PRIVILEGE AND OPPRESSION DISCUSSION GROUP) - (9/8/2011)

We met for the first part of a 2-part training with the amazing Dr. Heather Rakes of DePaul University. She shared with us techniques for being allies and fighting oppression and injustice in our everyday lives.


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Yoga for the New Year - (9/7/2011)

We stretched our mind, body and soul with a special yoga class before the Jewish New Year. Elul, the sixth month of the Jewish calendar, marks the beginning of our preparation for the Days of Awe. We partnered with Temple Sholom's 20s and 30s community by participating in a special yoga event with Rabbi Shoshannah Conover and certified yoga instructor, Katie Coombes. With inspiring Jewish teachings and a vinyasa practice, we had a chance to flow into a sweet new year.


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Final Summer Blowout - (8/27/2011)

We let loose, had fun, and danced all night long at our "What I Should Have Been for Halloween" summer party.


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Us Time August - (8/27/2011)

We hung out, ate dinner and enjoyed our last days as the residents of Moishe House Chicago 2.0.


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Privilege, Oppression and Judaism Discussion Series - (8/25/2011)

We gathered for dinner and to discuss the direction we want our discussion group to take.


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July Us Time - (7/23/2011)

The five of us went out to brunch to enjoy some non-business time together. We ate a delicious meal and returned home feeling full and refreshed.


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MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS: YEMEN BLUES 
 - (7/21/2011)

We got together to listen to awesome music, relax, and enjoy a delicious picnic. We heard some great world music and survived the heat together.


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JCUA's Documentary on Postville: "abUSed: The Postville Raid" - (7/20/2011)

We headed to the National Museum of Mexican Art for JCUA's screening and discussion of the documentary "abUSed: The Postville Raid." The film showed what happened during the raid in Postville in 2008 and the discussion explored what has happened since the Postville Raid.


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Brunch with Abbie Weisberg - (7/17/2011)

MH Chicago, three great community members, board member Abbie Weisberg and her daughters sat down for a lovely Sunday morning brunch to discuss our role as young Jewish leaders.


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Torah Study: Love and Joy! - (7/17/2011)

MH chicago had a member-led discussion of Pinchas and Matot at a cafe!


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Shabbat Dinner - (7/15/2011)

Moishe House Chicago celebrated Shabbat together!


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Privilege, Oppression and Judaism Discussion and Dinner - (7/11/2011)

We gathered to watch the documentary, "Defamation," eat dinner and discuss the questions of anti-semitism and anti-Zionism that the filmmaker raised.


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Group Interview for New MH Candidates - (7/10/2011)

Current MH Chicago residents recruited five core community members to meet with our four amazing perspective candidates to see who would be the best fit for the house.


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Folk and Roots Music Festival - (7/9/2011)

Moishe House Chicago had a picnic at the Old Town School of Folk Music's "Folk and Roots Music Fest." We listened to folk music from all over the world and shared a picnic.


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2nd Annual Shavuot Shuffle - (6/7/2011)

Community members led six different groups over two break out sessions ranging from text studies on unions and collective bargaining to skill sets, such as Israeli dancing and improv. We also ate lots of dairy desserts.


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Privilege, Oppression and Judaism Discussion Series - (3/28/2011)

We got together to discuss sexuality and Judaism, looking at quotes from the Talmud and our own ideas about the topic.


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Torah Study Group - (3/13/2011)

We wrapped us Exodus and began Leviticus at a local French cafe.


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Shabbat Dinner - (3/11/2011)

Moishe House celebrated shabbat together!


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Murder Mystery Shabbat - (2/25/2011)

Moishe House gathered for Shabbat, and to solve a mystery!!


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privilege, Oppression and the Jewish Community Discussion - (2/21/2011)

The discussion group gathered to discuss Jewish activism.


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Text Study - (2/20/2011)

We discussed Ki Tissa over a meal of empanadas.


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Text Study - (2/13/2011)

We gathered to eat and study text on a lovely Sunday afternoon.


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Pre-Yoga Shabbat - (2/11/2011)

Moishe House gathered together to do yoga before Shabbat.


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Happy Hour and Trivia Night - (2/9/2011)

We ate, we drank, and we won third place.


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Privilege, Oppression and the Jewish Community Discussion - (2/7/2011)

The discussion group continued! The topic this evening was anti-semitism and islamaphobia


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Rosh Chodesh - (2/5/2011)

Chodesh (Hebrew: ראש חודש‎; trans. Beginning of the Month; lit. Head of the Month), is the name for the first day of every month in the Hebrew calendar, marked by the appearance of the New Moon) gathering for those who identify as women. Our Rosh Chodesh group may change a little every meeting and there is a lot of room for collaboration and ideas from group members. This Rosh Chodesh group may do things such as explore spiritualit, religious and sexual education, ritual, health issues, music, chanting, art, and/or cooking. This month, we talked about strong women in our lives, remembered laughter and spent time together.


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Hebrew Hour - (1/30/2011)

For budding Hebrew speakers who were looking for an opportunity to speak the language, Moishe House hosted Hebrew conversation hour.


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Us Time - (1/29/2011)

We FINALLY got together to hang out and enjoy each other's company with no work to do. Just what we needed!


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Justice for Hyatt Workers Labor Shabbat - (1/28/2011)

The Moishe House community gathered for our Justice for Hyatt Workers Labor Shabbat to meet hotel workers fighting for justice in Chicago who shared their amazing stories. Ross Hyman, AFL-CIO organizer, explained the role of the Jewish community in this important struggle. We broke challah, thanked goodness it was Friday, and learned more about our city's labor movement.


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Privilege, Oppression and the Jewish Community Discussion - (1/24/2011)

Moishe House Chicago continued the discussion series. This moth we are discussing anti-semitism.


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Tu B'svat Seder & Seed Planting - (1/23/2011)

Moishe House Chicago came together to celebrate Tu B'shevat with a Seder. We read together through a seder, drank wine, ate fruits, and in the end planted starter seeds in honor of the planting season. Additonally, we set up our very first Window farm hydroponic system which will allow us to grow inside during the winter!


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Privilege, Oppression and the Jewish Community Discussion - (1/13/2011)

We continued to discuss issues facing Jewish communities when trying to address matters of privilege and oppression.


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Shabbat Dinner - (1/6/2011)

We gathered for Shabbat dinner with a potluck.


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Text Study - (1/2/2011)

For those whose New Year's resolution was to have a better relationship with Judaism's ancient writings, we kicked-off a text study group in 2011. It's community-member for anyone who is interested.


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NEW YEARS EVE EXTRAVAGANZA: NO EXPECTATIONS, NO COVER, NO NONSENSE! - (12/31/2010)

We danced, we snack, we had a few sips of champagne and welcomed the New Year together.


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POJ Discussion 12/30/10 - (12/30/2010)

We continued to discuss issues facing Jewish communities when trying to address matters of privilege and oppression.


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Happy Hour @ Fat Cat - (12/29/2010)

We wound down from the work week with a drink and some appetizers.


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Shabbat Dinner on Christmas Eve - (12/24/2010)

For all those without a place to go on Christmas Eve, we got together to eat, drink and frost cookies.


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Clothing Swap - (12/19/2010)

Our community members brought clothing, books, jewelery and more to swap with others. We wanted everyone to have a chance to get themselves a belated Hanukkah gift.


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Shabbat Dinner - (12/17/2010)

We welcomed the Sabbath with our Moishe House friends!


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New Chicago 2010 Mayoral Candidate's Forum - (12/14/2010)

For the first time in 21 years, Chicago will have an open election for mayor. But how do we know where the candidates stand on the issues? Moishe House Chicago joined dozens of other community organizations at New Chicago 2011. We heard from the top candidates where they stand on the issues that affect our neighborhoods, including affordable housing, living wage, safety, and green jobs.


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Compost Building Workshop - (12/12/2010)

Earlier this year, MH conducted a worm composting workshop. Now that we have a backyard, we're moving our composting system outdoors as we try to make our living space earth friendly (and challenge ourselves to compost ALL of our foodwaste). So, we constructed our outdoor compost bin and taught community members how to do the same for their own living space.


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Text Study + planning meeting - (12/11/2010)

We gathered to study two parshot as well as make plans for the future structure of this new MH Chicago group.


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POJ Discussion 12/9/10 - (12/9/2010)

We continue to discuss important topics on the issues of privilege, oppression and Judaism, while enjoying a wonderful, home-cooked meal.


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Chanukkah Shabbat - (12/3/2010)

Moishe House celebrated shabbat and Chanukkah together (latkas too!)


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Hanukkah Gift Exchange - (12/1/2010)

We gave some wonderful Chicago paraphernalia to Moishe House Moldova.


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Holiday Hootenanny - (11/24/2010)

Our beloved Aaron Gunning (who was a community member and now goes to grad school in Boston) returned to us and made us a delicious Pre-Thanksgiving Feast. YUMMMMY!


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Thankfulness Shabbat - (11/19/2010)

Because we are so thankful for the Moishe House community, we wanted to express our thanks through another lovely Shabbat!


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Privilege, Oppression and Judaism Discussion Series - (11/18/2010)

3rd Discussion: The History of Jews in the United States We are continuing to discuss important issues every other Thursday.


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Exploring Immigration: Shabbat Dinner and Discussion - (11/12/2010)

Jewish history and community have been marked by diaspora and immigration, much like many other groups in Chicago. Therefore, we explored interconnections between Jewish experiences of diaspora, and conditions facing Latin Americans and undocumented people in Chicago today. Moishe House Chicago was joined for this conversation by Nadia Sol Ireri Unzueta Carrasco from the Immigrant Youth Justice League, and our own Rebecca Van Horn from The U.S. Labor in the Americas Project for a Shabbat Dinner and discussion. We enjoyed fresh baked challah, welcomed the Sabbath, discussed, and built connections in the Chicago community!


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The Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival - (11/10/2010)

We saw El Niño Pez (The Fish Child) as part of the Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival. And after the movie we headed to a cafe nearby to discuss the movie and "what it all means".


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International Day of Jewish Learning - (11/7/2010)

Jews all across the world were doing it! They were studying the Talmud and in Chicago, we wouldn't miss an opportunity like that!


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SNAPshots Gallery Opening - (11/5/2010)

MH Chicago attended the opening of a photography exhbiit featuring photos taken by employees and participants of shelters, pantries and social service agencies on the Northside of Chicago. The exhibit comes at a particularly important moment as our community looks at the 2012 Farm Bill and future SNAP legislation on which so many Northsiders rely.


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Privilege, Oppression and the Jewish Community Discussion # 2 - (11/4/2010)

Moishe House Chicago continued to hold a discussion group, this time exploring Jewish Identity and Privilege.


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Moishe House Halloween Party - (10/30/2010)

Moishe House got our Halloween on at with a spooky party!


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Halloween Critical Mass - (10/29/2010)

MH Chicago joined hundreds of Chicago bikers in the Halloween Critical mass bike ride and then had a shabbat dinner in Pilsen


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The MOTH - (10/26/2010)

We heard great storytelling about near death experiences that made at least one of us laugh and cry all within two hours.


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Shabbat Dinner - (10/22/2010)

We welcomed the Sabbath bride with yummy fall food and lots of friends!


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Privilege, Oppression and the Jewish Community Discussion - (10/21/2010)

The first in a series of discussions, we gathered together to discuss the basic concepts of privilege and oppression over dinner.


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Painting Party - (10/10/2010)

We gave community members a chance to make Moishe House their own by helping to paint our beautiful space.


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Happy Hour @ Sheffield's - (10/6/2010)

We had a drink and appetizers and wound down with some of the Moishe House community.


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Sukkot Camping Trip - (9/27/2010)

Moishe House Chicago trekked to Black Oaks Center where we celebrated Havdallah, sang songs around a bonfire, and volunteered our time and labor working on their farm as they prepare for winter. Community members and resident had the chance to get away from the city and explore, hands-on, the themes of Sukkot, the harvest festival.


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Shabbat in the Sukkah - (9/24/2010)

In honor of Sukkot we ate declicious food, including the seven Chicago harvest foods in our Sukkah!


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Dinner and Planning for Privilege & Judaism Discussion Group - (9/21/2010)

The moishe House Chicago Community got together to eat and brainstorm for an upcoming discussion session that will explore: Privilege, Oppression and Judaism.


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Beers, Bagels, and SUKKAH BUILDING: Creating Sacred Spaces From Found Objects - (9/19/2010)

MH Chicago and the Gan Project teamed up for a Sukkah building. We built our Sukka completely from recycled materials, such as twine, wire, doors, shutters, hula hoops, and wood! We also be dined on bagels, beer, and other good food and discussed how to make a halachaly sound Sukka.


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Break the Fast - (9/18/2010)

Community members joined us in breaking the fast.


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The Jewish Art of Reconciliation Workshop - (9/14/2010)

In celebration of the High Holidays MH Chicago came together for an interactive workshop on the Jewish Art of Reconciliation with professional storyteller Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb! From Broygez Tantz to 'asking three times', Judaism is filled with rituals of reconciliation that include dance, ceremony, text study and face to face encounter. We discussed, reflected on the past year in our own lives and in the Jewish community, and of course, shared and listened to stories.


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Tashlich - (9/11/2010)

Our friend and community member, Jake Adler, led us in a beautiful discussion surrounding the tradition of tashlich. We explored how the practice goes beyond 'throwing away' our sins, and using it instead as an opportunity to transform ourselves into the people we want to be. We then threw crumbs into Lake Michigan or into seagulls' mouths.


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Shabbat Dinner - (9/10/2010)

First shabbat of the new year, first shabbat in our new house.


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Havdallah - (8/28/2010)

Moishe House hosted Emma, who is bicycling across the United States to talk about social justice and judaism. Moishe House discussed these connections and then said goodbye to Shabbat with a Havdallah service.


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US TIME - (8/28/2010)

Moishe House residents took a break from packing with some thai food.


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Shabbat Dinner - (8/27/2010)

We welcomed the Sabbath bride and enjoyed our last Shabbat at our place in Wicker Park before we move to Lakeview at the end of this month.


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Final Boogie @ 1428 - (8/27/2010)

In with the new, out with the old. We put on our groovin' shoes on and got down one last time at the Wicker Park Moishe House before Moishe House moves to Lakeview.


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Clare & The Reasons @ Millennium Park - (8/23/2010)

We listened to Clare and the Reasons and enjoyed refreshments at beautiful Millennium Park.


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Viewing of Immigrant Nation! Battle for the Dream - (8/22/2010)

We went to the screening of 'Immigrant Nation! Battle for the Dream!,' the story of the modern immigrant rights movement and the struggle of single mother, Elvira Arellano, who is facing deportation. This video showed how organizations, activists, community leaders, and individuals as a whole came together to oppose bill HR4437 and create a comprehensive immigration reform for all.


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Bike Maintenance - (8/22/2010)

Moishe community members who wanted to learn more about their bike and how to keep it going strong came to our program with the legendary David Falkof, one of Moishe House's community members.


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Shabbat Dinner - (8/6/2010)

Moishe House Chicago celebrated our second to last shabbat in our Wicker Park location!


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Shabbat Dinner - (7/30/2010)

Moishe House welcomed Jeremy to MH Chicago with a shabbat dinner!


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Where the Wild Things Are-Movie in the Park - (7/26/2010)

We watched this movie in the park and enjoyed the amazing summer weather.  We ate delicious snacks and relaxed by the lake.  


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Kombucha Workshop with The Gan Project - (7/18/2010)

The event was held by the Gan Project: Sowing the Seeds of a Healthy Sustainable.  We learned how to home brew our own liquid libations. In Fermentation 102, we learned about fermented beverages such as wine, apple cider, beer and more. It was a hands on workshop where each participant will went home with their own batch of Kombucha.


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Klezmer music night! - (7/17/2010)

We saw Balkano, a Klezmer/Balkana/jazz type band featuring Diana Lawrence, local Jewish musician and soon to be Moishe community member.


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Inter-Generational Shabbat - (7/16/2010)

Moishe House hosted a shabbat for all generations of Chicagoans! Guests were encouraged to share stories unique to their generation over a lovely potluck shabbat meal. The was a great community building activity!


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Caribou in Millenium Park - (7/12/2010)

Moishe House met up to enjoy a picnic dinner and the band Caribou in Milennium Park!


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Folk and Roots Music Festival - (7/10/2010)

Moishe House attended the Lincoln Square music festival spending time outside listening to local folk acts and dancing our summer hearts out.


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Happy Hour - (6/30/2010)

To continue the monthly tradition, Moishe House Chicago gathered to have some food and drinks after work.


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June Us Time - (6/28/2010)

We cooked ourselves a beautiful dinner and chatted about Moishe's future.  


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Chicago Pride Parade - (6/27/2010)

Moishe House Chicago gathered together to show support for equality for all people at the Chicago Gay Pride parade.


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Peacefest - (6/20/2010)

Moishe House had a picnic lunch at the Peace Fest in Chicago.


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Learnapalooza - (6/19/2010)

Moishe House participated in Learn-a-palooza, a neighborhood wide skill share. Free classes were offered at different venues in Wicker Park all day. Classes included photography, beer making, salsa dancing and even self hynosis. Moishe House Chicago hosted the self hypnosis class where participants learned from a hyponotherapist from an organization called "Hynosisworks Chicago" about hypnosis and how to perform it on themselves.


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Shabbat Dinner - (6/11/2010)

Moishe House gathered together to have Shabbat Dinner


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The Very Best & Antibalas at Millenium Park - (6/3/2010)

Moishe House celebrated the opening night of   free concerts in Millenium Park, a Chicago summer tradition!


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S is for Party - (5/29/2010)

Moishe House celebrated "Summer" and the birthday of "Sarah" Miles with a party!


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Sexfist @ Jerry's Happy Hour - (5/25/2010)

Moishe House met to watch Chicago's best blue grass band perform in Wicker Park.


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Panier Making Skill Share - (5/23/2010)

Moishe House led a Bike Pannier making workshop in honor of Shavot and summer bike weather! Homemade panniers are affordable, super visible, water-proof, animal-proof, and recycled from 5 gallon plastic containers. Total cost for a set, as long as we find enough containers, will be around 15 dollars, maybe less.  


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Shabbat Dinner - (5/21/2010)

Moishe House had shabbat dinner together!


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Shavuot - (5/18/2010)

Moishe House gathered together for an evening of skill sharing, text study and of course, dairy desserts!


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Until I Am Free Poetry Reading - (5/17/2010)

We went to see a poetry reading from a Chapbook Release of works by youth who have been given a life Sentence without parole. Poems were read by poets from Louder Than Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, family members of the incarcerated, advocates for juvenile justice reform, Chicago poets who helped correspond with those on the inside, and Kevin Coval, editor of the chapbook Until I am Free: Voices of Youth Sentenced to Life Without Parole.


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Real Eyes Mom - (5/13/2010)

Moishe House Chicago attended the Art Event titled, "Real Eyes Moms" which  is an artistic exploration of self identity.
This collaborative project between Green Star Movement, The Night Ministry and Alternatives, Inc. guides young women to explore the stories behind their lives as young pregnant, parenting and, all too often, homeless women. These women are creating life-sized silhouettes of their own body, cut from plywood.  Each silhouette is uniquely designed using a mosaic collage of mixed media to express the artist’s story.  The creative process serves as a way for the young women to express fears, desires, goals, and dreams, while empowering them to take ownership in the project and pride in their voice and creativity.  In addition, these beautiful silhouettes will create awareness of the need for resources to help the artists achieve their goals.


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Shabbat Dinner - (5/7/2010)

Moishe House and the Chicago community joined together to celebrate shabbat.


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International Night Happy Hour at the Map Room - (4/27/2010)

Moishe House celebrated the end of the work day with drinks and sushi at the Map room.


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Internal Retreat/Us Time - (4/25/2010)

We spent the end of the month using our inspiration from the National Retreat to discuss how to better structure our house, redistribute responsibilities, and work to increase turnout.  


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Community Gardening at Ginkgo Gardens - (4/24/2010)

To continue celebrating earth day we  want to spend some time with Mother Nature and get our finger nails dirty. Moishe house teamed up with Ginkgo Gardens in Uptown. Ginkgo Gardens is a non-profit organization that grows organic produce and donates it to local agencies that serve the homeless or low-income residents.


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Earth Day Shabbat - (4/23/2010)

In honor of earth day, MH Chicago had a "Buy-Local" themed potluck Shabbat Dinner. As always, we asked guests to please bring a vegetarian dish or wine/beer, making their best effort to use ingredients grown locally . Before we ate, we did a food tour of where the potluck food came from.


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National Retreat-Austin - (4/16/2010)

We are going to Austin, TX for an awesome retreat with the other Moishe Houses!


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Video Screening - (4/14/2010)

Wicked Truth is a program of Career & Employment Services at Alternatives, Inc ( a non-profit organization in Uptown), funded in part by After School Matters. Youth interview for positions as apprentices in this collaborative video production program, and receive a stipend for their participation. For many youth, this is their first job and their first chance at working with media equipment. Having the chance to show off their creative films at one of the nation’s leading media arts institutions will be the capstone of their experience, and I hope that you are able to see their pride on this special night.
The students will be available to answer questions following the screening of their videos, and light refreshments will be served following the presentation. The screening is free and open to the public


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Volunteering at All-Saint's Cafe - (4/11/2010)

In observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, MH Chicago volunteered at the All Saint's Cafe. A free gourmet three course meal served to homeless and low income inviduals on the North Side of Chicago.  The goal of the cafe is to treat others with dignity and respect  and  MH Chicago wanted to act on our obligation to those around us to make this world a more humane place.


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Shabbat Services at Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken - (4/10/2010)

Moishe House went to services at the Synagogue that hosted the Freedom and Justice Seder we attended in March.

Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation (House of Peace for the Children of the Ancient Ethiopian Hebrews) is the oldest Temple in the Chicago area serving the Israelite community. It has a rich history and an unbelievable choir ! Also, the Synagogue’s Rabbi, Rabbi Capers C. Funnye Jr., is a cousin of Michelle Obama!


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Uptown Poetry Slam at the Green Mill - (4/4/2010)

Moishe House went to the historic green mill poetry slam to hear some community spoken word.


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habbat--Kosher for Passover/Discussion around Modern-day Slavery - (4/2/2010)

MhChicago gathered to eat a Shabbat that was Kosher for Passover and also discussed modern day slavery and reflected on the slavery of our past.


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Happy Hour at T's - (3/25/2010)

Continuing our exploration of Chicago's best food and drink, we went to T's for a great time!


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Global Hunger Shabbat - (3/19/2010)

Moishe House, AJWS and Avodah gathered together for a Shabbat to learn about global hunger and how to act to combat this issue. We also discussed Jewish values for acting globally and locally in pursuit of social justice.


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Ice Skating at Milenium Park - (3/14/2010)

Moishe House Chicago went ice skating to get in one last winter activity before the Ice skating rink closed. Welcome to Chicago Spring!


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St. Patrick's Day Parade and River Dye! - (3/13/2010)

Moishe House went downtown to partake in the St. Patrick's Day traditions.


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Freedom Seder - (3/11/2010)

We particiapted in Jewish Council for Urban Affair's 3rd Annual Immigrant Justice Freedom Seder. Through poetry and song, we will retold the story of our ancestors’ journey out of slavery and connected it to contemporary stories and struggles of immigrants in the United States. The Seder included a sing-a-long of traditional Passover songs as well as labor, freedom, folk, and Yiddish songs.


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National Coming out of the Shadows Rally for Immigrant Rights - (3/10/2010)

Moishe house went to downtown Chicago to  rally for Immigration Reform and rights of undocumented persons.


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Louder Than A Bomb Final Show! - (3/6/2010)

The largest of its kind in the world, Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB) is the city's rapidly-growing teen poetry festival. Aiming to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines, LTAB is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling, and hip-hop spoken word.


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Shabbat - (3/5/2010)

The moishe house community welcomed in shabbat with a veggie potluck and some music!


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Clothing Swap! - (2/28/2010)

The moishe house community got a head start on spring cleaning by bringing on their unwanted clothing items to the Moishe house for a clothing sawp. This environmental move let people get new clothes without spending any money. Moishe House donated the rest of the clothing to Howard Brown which provides services to the HIV positive community of Chicago.


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DuSable Musuem - (2/27/2010)

Moishe House visited the largest African American History Musuem in the country in honor of African American History Month!


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Murder Mystery Shabbat - (2/26/2010)

We were trapped on an island in the Great Barrier Reef. A cyclone had hit, while no one was injured, someone was murdered. We solved the mystery over shabbat dinner.


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Shabbat Dinner - (2/19/2010)

We gathered together to sing Shabbat prayers, eat, and have some good times! Dinner was followed by a song session led by our friends Julia and Tova.


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Happy Hour - (2/10/2010)

Moishe house met at the blue line tap in wicker park for some drinks after work


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Shabbat Dinner - (2/5/2010)

We gathered to celebrate shabbat together with a potluck!


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Cafe Finjan - (2/4/2010)

We attended an interfaith art exchange, which is part of the Jewish Muslim Community Building Initiative. We participated in facilitated dialoging sessions in which we discussed a vision for Jewish-Muslim relations in 2020.


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Tu B'shevat and Environmental Justice Workshop - (1/31/2010)

Moishe House partnered with the Avodah Alumni and current corps members, as well as the Chicago Conservation Corps, to spend an afternoon celebrating Tu B'shevat and learning what actions we can take to reduce our own waste. We began by reflecting on MLK and the environmental work he did in his fight for justice. Subsequently we had an interactive seder and then we learned about worm composting. Because of a grant from the Chicago Conservation Corps, participants left with materials to begin their own vermiculture!


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Shabbat Dinner - (1/29/2010)

We welcomed the sabbath bride with lots of food and good company.


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Knitting Circle - (1/24/2010)

Our friend Karin instructed us on how to knit a hat.


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Happy Hour - (1/21/2010)

We met up in Uptown after work to enjoy our company and decompress after 4 days of work!


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DR. MLK Sustainable Communities Meeting - (1/17/2010)

Over 1,000 activists, clergy members and Chicagoans met to celebrate the legacy and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King to call upon Gov. Pat Quinn and other politicians to pledge their support for such progressive campaigns like Affordable housing in Rogers Park, Budget responsibility in Illinois, Green jobs, Opposition to Wal-Mart’s entrance into the South Side without meeting the needs of its employees

In interfaith solidarity, the community asked that politicians deliver livable, fair and sustainable communities. Gov. Pat Quinn, Rep. Jan Schakowsky and  Ald. Toni Preckwinkle were all present.


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Shabbat Dinner - (1/15/2010)

First Moishe House Shabbat of the decade!


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Tish with Rabbi Scott - (1/11/2010)

Rabbi Scott visited MH Chicago and brought some Jewish learning with him! He led our community in a text study about wisdom over dinner! We sang, ate, and discussed what it means to be wise.


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Havdallah - (1/9/2010)

We gathered together for some wine and havdalah to bring in the new week together


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D'varim: Poetry and Performance - (1/9/2010)

We attended a KFAR Jewish Arts Center event featuring poetry and performances from Kevin Coval, Yuri Lane and other Chicago poets.


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Christmas Eve DInner and a Movie! - (12/24/2009)

We got together to join in the tradition of chinese food and a movie on christmas eve!


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community yoga at nature yoga - (12/19/2009)

we did yoga at nature yoga, one of our fave yoga places in the 'hood!


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RSJ Chicago Moishe House and Chicago Moishe House Shabbat - (12/18/2009)

The RSJ Chicago Moise House co-hosted Shabbat at the Chicago Moishe House.  Much food was eaten, new friends were made, and laughter rang through the air.  This is just the beginning of a beautiful sense of communities between Chicago's two Moishe Houses!


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Hanukkah Party! - (12/12/2009)

We got together, lit the candles, and played a little dreidel!


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Hanukkah Shabbat - (12/11/2009)

We celebrated the first night of Hanukkah and Shabbat!!!


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Skill Share - (12/6/2009)

We got together and learned from our good friend, Jenna, how to make t-shirt pillows.  We brought old t-shirts and made amazing pillows!


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"Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" Night - (12/4/2009)

We gathered together to see the Neo Futurist acting group's "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" where 30 plays are preformed in 60 minutes.  It was amazing!


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Small Bar Happy Hour - (12/2/2009)

We gathered together to enjoy one of Wicker Park's edgiest bars, Small Bar. We ate, drank, and discussed amongst ourselves.


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the MOTH - (11/24/2009)

the moth is a storyelling slam. to put it lightly, its just plain fun!


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Knitting Circle & Tea! - (11/22/2009)

We gathered together to knit, be cozy and drink tea together.


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shabbat - (11/20/2009)

we joined togther for a joyous shabbat, refreshed from the recent moishe house retreat.


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Map Room Happy Hour - (11/10/2009)

Moishe House gathered at the Map Room for their International Night.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and ate Mexican food.


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shabbat - (11/6/2009)

lots of warm shabbat vibes


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Soulico Concert - (11/2/2009)

We joined ranks with the Russian Moishe House and went to a free Soulico concert at the Empty Bottle. They're a hip hop-reggae-punk band from Israel.


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Halloween Party! - (10/31/2009)

We all got together and celebrated Halloween Moishe style!


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Resident Time at Piece - (10/31/2009)

The residents of the Moishe House went to Piece Pizza to spend some quality time together.


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October Critical Mass - (10/30/2009)

We, along with hundreds of other bikers, took back the streets, this time decked out in Halloween gear. Then we came back for pizza.


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International Day of Climate Action - (10/24/2009)

We took part in the largest demonstration that has ever taken place on global climate change. We went to an event hosted by Columbia College where we made paper, journals from recycled paper, screen prints and saw a capoeira performance.


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JCUA Associate Division Shabbat - (10/16/2009)

we hung with JCUA and heard an awesome speaker about heathcare on the Southside of Chicago


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HopLeaf HappyHour - (10/14/2009)

we hung at hopleaf, one of the coolest, meanest bars in chicago with the moishe community!


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Live Music Wednesdays - (10/7/2009)

We got together to see live Reggae at the Old Town School of Folk Music!


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Dinner in the Sukkah - (10/5/2009)

We joined a Kehilla-organized Dinner in the Sukkah event at Temple Sholom.


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shabbat 3.0 - (10/2/2009)

our third official moishe house shabbat! what a success! it was hosted by our dear friends, ben and marissa!


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Break-the-fast - (9/28/2009)

A friend of MH Chicago, Aaron Gunning, hosted a break-fast meal.


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SHABS the second - (9/25/2009)

second shabbat of the month! exciting times!


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Critical Mass - (9/25/2009)

We Chicago showed the power of bicycle traffic with 100s of other bikers on the monthly Critical Mass ride.


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Community Gardening - (9/24/2009)

We got down and dirty gardening at Gingko Gardens.


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Tashlich and Apple Themed Picnic - (9/20/2009)

We went to a Tashlich service with the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston. We ate an apple themed dinner.


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Happy Hour at the Map Room and Ice Cream - (9/15/2009)

We gathered at the Map Room to experience International Night where we ate Persian food. We then went and enjoyed ice cream.


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Iftar In the Synagogue - (9/13/2009)

We spent the evening learning about Ramadan and its connection to the Jewish High Holidays.


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Renegade Craft Fair - (9/12/2009)

We fueled up on delicious pizza before navigating the largest outdoor craft fair in America!


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Shabbat Dinner - (9/11/2009)

We opened up Moishe House Chicago 2.0 with a wonderful Shabbat Dinner!


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Shabbat on the Beach - (8/22/2009)

Well.....there wasn't much beach to speak of since it was raining most of the day but we still made the most of it and had a great time camping together!


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Boat Tour! - (8/20/2009)

We went on a boat tour on the lake and saw the glorious Chicago skyline at night!  Amazzzing.....!


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Happy Hour - (8/20/2009)

We had a lovely time winding down after work together.  Talk was lively and the company was warm as things begin to cool down in Chicago.


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Sox game rain plan - (8/17/2009)

Rained out, we instead met at the Moishe House for some pizza and pickled green beans.


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BBQ!! - (8/16/2009)

We got together to celebrate with the Jewish community of Detroit


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Pilates in the Park - (8/15/2009)

We did pilates in the park!


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Garage Sale - (8/8/2009)

We gathered all the things we no longer needed and sold them in a garage- yeah for recycling! and had a great bbq!


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movie & dinner night - (7/23/2009)

we watched the new bruno movie and ate a delicious dinner!


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BBQ Q on U! - (7/19/2009)

We had one of our famous Sunday night BBQs!  We ate delicious grilled fish with homemade remoulade, fresh corn salsa, gazpacho and delicious side salads.  Lots of people in town for Pitchfork!  What a blast.


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Pilates in the Park! - (7/18/2009)

We woke up in time to make it to Pilates in Millenium park at 9:00 AM.  It was truly wonderful.


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Shabbat Dinner - (7/17/2009)

We planned on having a beautiful shabbat picnic fully equipped with picnic games and fare.  Unfortunately, it was 60 degrees and rainy!  But we still managed to have a wonderful time together for shabbat!


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Ravinia! - (7/12/2009)

We sat in the grass at Ravinia Festival, an outdoor concert venue in the 'burbs.  It was awesome.  Sooo luxurious.


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Folk and Roots Festival - (7/11/2009)

We went to 12th annual Folk and Roots Festival at Welles Park, enjoying a picnic and great performers.  It was a beautiful afternoon!


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Happy Hour - (7/10/2009)

We celebrated summer and happiness at Tuman's in Chicago.  It was a pleasant gathering of good friends and some food to nosh on.


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Us Time - (6/29/2009)

We will be meeting and having some time together!!!!


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Meeting with New Moishe Chicago Girls - (6/28/2009)

We sat down and had an informational session with the girls that were thinking about taking over here at the moishe house chicago.


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Summer Solstice BBQ! - (6/21/2009)

We celebrated the longest day of the year with what else...a BBQ smoke-out!!  We are lucky to have a MH regular who happens to be AMAZING at smoking meat....yum!


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Hour of Happiness - (6/19/2009)

We had a wonderful wind-down with appetizers and friends at some local restaurants.  It's finally summer and we're all so happy!  Go Cubbies!


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Shabbat Dinner - (6/12/2009)

We had a loverly shabbat dinner at our home with many newcomers from the Chicago Avodah group, as well as many familiar faces.


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st. vincent at millennium park - (6/8/2009)

we went down to millennium park to see st. vincent perform.


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mh conversation/brunch - (6/6/2009)

we discussed this upcoming transitional period for our house/community, and ate some brunch!


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Fun Timezz - (6/3/2009)

We are having so much fun enjoying the warm weather!  It was such a nice night...we had to enjoy!  Our community came out in droves and we had a blast!


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Four Moons - (6/3/2009)

We all met up after a long day of work at the Four Moons restaurant to catch up and enjoy some time together.


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Green City Market - (5/30/2009)

We made it to Chicago's most famous North Side farmers market.  Spring is here!


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Mayfest 2009!! - (5/30/2009)

We celebrated German culture via brats, beer and  music; three of Chicago's absolute favorite things!  It was a beautiful day and such a blast!


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Memorial DAy - (5/24/2009)

We Had such a blast this holiday weekend!  We BBQ'd, Climbed big rocks, played Ladder Ball, watched movies, went into town and a whole lot more!  It was awesome.


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Toxic Tour of Little Village - (5/17/2009)

Moishe House and JCUA combined fources for a walking tour of Little Village. Little Village Environmental Justice Organization took us on a "Toxic Tour" visiting neighborhood drum manufacturing, plastics recycling, and chemical sites.
We learned about the struggle in the community to hold industry and government officials accountable for toxic pollutions. We learned about community organizations and leaders making a difference in the community. It was a powerful morning or walking and learning.


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Elana's Birthday - (5/14/2009)

The rain stopped and the sun glared for a Moishe House Birthday party! We gathered to celebrate Elana.


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BBQ Yo! - (5/3/2009)

We celebrated the first beautiful weekend in Chicago this year throughout the weekend and topped it off with a lovely, beautiful and delicious grill-out to christen a brand new grill, complete with smoker!


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Summertime - (5/2/2009)

Summer came to visit and the residents of Moishe House Chicago took her out for a night out on the town... Turkish food and belly dancing followed by improv.


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Shabbat Dinner - (5/1/2009)

A delicious and festive shabbat dinner on May Day!  Mmmm!  Enchiladas and taco bar!


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Sunday Dinner/ Game Night - (4/26/2009)

A weekend extender... Sunday Dinner and games with Thai food and friends!


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Fiesta Cultural - (4/25/2009)

We went to a Latino cultural festival at our friend's school.  It was a benefit to raise money for the arts and music programs.  


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Earth Day Seder - (4/22/2009)

We celebrated Earth Day and Passover together at our home.  It was a colorful vegetarian cuisine!


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Bagels and Museum!! - (4/19/2009)

We had a lovely breakfast and went to the museum!!  


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Happy Hour - (4/18/2009)

We met up to celebrate the end of the week with food!!  and some fun at happy hour.  Spring has finally arrived in Chicago!


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Game Night! - (4/6/2009)

We watched the Final final from the final four tourney!  GO STATE!  too bad it was soo uglyyy


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Shabbat Dinner - (4/3/2009)

We are having our loverly Shabbat dinner at our home with a delicious display of vegetarian cuisine!


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Movie Night - (3/26/2009)

Watching a movie and eating popcorn with friends.


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MH Yoga - (3/22/2009)

We did an in-house yoga class.  It was reallllllly nice. ahhh.


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Shabbabas - (3/20/2009)

Happy shabbat featuring Shakshukahhh!!!!!!!  We did it and it was delicious and a huge hit!


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Cafe Finjan - (3/15/2009)

Café Finjan, is a series of cultural events designed to foster community and common ground between the Jewish and Muslim populations of the Chicago area.
There was an art exhibit dedicated to visual displays of spiritual identity for Muslims and Jews.
The goal of Café Finjan is to nurture greater understanding and points of contact between Jews and Muslims of Chicago by providing a common forum for the Jewish and Muslim communities, in this area and beyond. The goals of the organizers are to explore our experiences as minorities, immigrants, and/or people of faith, and to develop a shared agenda of pluralism, respect, and civil rights in a domestic context. We believe that our communities and the relationships between them are shaped by much more than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We encourage activities that creatively engage the Jewish and Muslim communities in Chicago and North America to foster greater relationship building.


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PURIM in Chicago - (3/10/2009)

Homentashen making, story telling, and costumes! One of the best Jewish holidays! It was a more mellow of Purim's this year with a gathering of friends and lots of homentashen!


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Sunday Dinner: Happy B-Day Ilana! - (3/8/2009)

We celebrated Ilana's b-day and the beginning of a new week... A weekend extender Sunday dinner- full of good food and good people!


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Chididarod: The Urban Ididarod - (3/7/2009)

A food drive, costume contest, race and pub crawl in one... That is the Chididarod! In the spirt of Purim we volunteerd in costume... as the racers pulled into the bar... We held down the fort at check point #4! A favorite March Chicago activity!


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Tu B'Shvat Happy Hour - (2/25/2009)

We went to a local bar, Uncommon Ground to drink Tree-tinis in honor of Tu B'shvat.  Every Tree-tini that we order from Uncommon Ground, they plant a tree in India.  We had a blast!!!


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OSCARSSSZ! - (2/22/2009)

we got together to watch the oscars!!!


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Shabbat! - (2/20/2009)

Our monthly shabbat!  So many new people.  It was very fun and we ate chili and homemade challah!


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Whirleyball!!! - (2/14/2009)

Nothing like good old fashioned whirleyball!  Happy Valentines Day!


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Birthday Bash: The Js!! - (2/13/2009)

We had an old fashioned bowling party for our best friends and their friends!  It was such a nice gathering.  So many people came together.


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Movie and Discussion - (2/12/2009)

We watched Waltz With Bashir and discussed its meaning and relation with the current state and our understanding of the relationship between Israel and Lebanon


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PLP Salon - (2/8/2009)

We had Lesley Said Matsa and Kimberly Miller Rubenfeld over to hear about PLP and the Acedemic Fellowship.


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SooPERBOELLLL - (2/1/2009)

Happy Superbowl!  Happy sporting final matchup that doesn't involve a Chicago team embarassing itself and letting us down!!  And what a game!  It was a blast.  We made chicken wings, chicken nuggets, french fries, veggies and dip, and sooo much more!  it was fun.


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Shabbat Dinner - (1/30/2009)

Moishe House and The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) shared in a Shabbat Dinner. It's the perfect way to end the week. Lots of new friends and good food.  


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Special Us timezz! - (1/25/2009)

we went to the NPR "Winter Block Party" with lots of art to see and words to hear.  William "billy" Upski Wimsatt spoke about the state of the nation in hip hop


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Prefuse 73-RJD2-Disco Biscuits In Concert! - (1/24/2009)

It was another fun concert with Moishe House Chicago.  VIPs baby!!


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Shabbat Happy Hour - (1/23/2009)

In a different form of separating Shabbat from the regular week we gathered at a local bar for some drinks, food and good company.


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Inauguration Night!! - (1/20/2009)

We hung out and celebrated the election of Barack Obama.


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Poker Night - (1/13/2009)

Our (semi) monthly poker extravaganza!!1


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Uptown Cafe volunteering - (1/11/2009)

We went to Uptown Cafe, the Jewish Federation's anti-hunger program, to serve brunch.  It was a nice Sunday morning.


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Brunch 2009 - (1/1/2009)

We welcomed in the New Year with bagels, eggs and potatoes.  YUMMERSS!!


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NYE Throwdown! Goodbye 2008 Forever! - (12/31/2008)

We celebrated New Years Eve with some of our most loyal members.  We went to Madison and really had a great great time.  Saying goodbye to 2008 wasn't easy, but like many things in life, it had to be done.


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Dinner and Game Night - (12/28/2008)

We played games and ate homemade dumplings!!!! yay!


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article discussion - (12/18/2008)

we got some pizza and talked about our awesome economy


New Years Bash - (12/31/2007)

We had a blowout new years party.


Arts n' smarts n' crafts - (12/19/2007)

Everyone bring your own project you've wanted to work on for a while and not made time for, or just come and we'll find something to work on.


Tikkun Olam - (12/16/2007)

We made collages on cards to be sold to raise money for a camp for kids with cancer.


Ice Skating - (12/16/2007)

Thank goodness for long underwear! We went ice skating in the beautiful Millenium Park in downtown Chicago. It was a cold day and a small group but still a lot of fun.


Beer and Politics - (12/13/2007)

We went to the Maproom, a cool Chicago bar w/ a vast beer selection, equipped w/ articles and laptops, and had a general, informational, discussion about the upcoming election.  then we ate nachos.


Hanukkah Party - (12/4/2007)

We celebrated the first night of Hanukkah together as a community. We light candles, ate latkes and played dreidel. It was a wonderul evening with a great group of new people!


Tuesday at Uptown - (11/27/2007)

Moishe House Chicago spent another Tuesday night volunteering at the Uptown Cafe.  It was another warm evening spent inside serving Chicago residents kosher dinner and friendly conversation.


Loker and Gvetch Mright - (11/26/2007)

A fun Monday night of pizza and poker!  What better way to start off the week than starting it at the Moishe House with friends and a good game?  We started the evening off with yummy handmade pizzas and ended with a $35 jackpot in Ilana's pocket after a few hours of poker!


Potluck Shabbat - (11/16/2007)

We had a wonderful Shabbat dinner over at our house.  Our house was filled with new and old friends, with some delicious dishes to pass.  It was quite a relaxing evening.


Summer in the Fall - (11/13/2007)

We had a wonderful visit with Summer this month!  It was great to finally meet her and have some fun together as a Moishe House, with mustaches and pumpkins of course.


Pilsen Art Walk Part Deux - (11/9/2007)

We went back for another walk in Pilsen.  Galleries galore!  We had a blast.


Chicago Jazz - (11/5/2007)

We went to the Chicago Cultural Center to check out some Jazzy stuff.  It was nice.


Ethiopian Shabbat - (11/3/2007)

Moishe House Chicago went to the South Side for a shabbat service.


Flag Football! - (11/1/2007)

We played flag football on the grass across the street.  Like we were back in eight grade.  Blitz!!


Pumpkinpalooooza - (10/28/2007)

Hey we had some pumpkin fun!  Carving, baking, eating, watching football....the works!  It was an entire day of fun...yeeehooosie!


Shabbat Dinner - (10/26/2007)

We, again, had some good friends over for a nice and quaint shabbat.  For the first time we all sat around the table and talked and talked and talked until what felt like forever.  It was very nice.


Israeli Movie Night - (10/17/2007)

We watched Ushpizin "Guests"; a film by Gidi Dar starring Shuli Rand. This award winning film is about an orthodox couple who are down on their luck and pray for a miracle. Their prayers are answered in the form of a large sum of money. The gift  leads to the arrival of two uninvited "guests" and the couple are left wondering...have they found gds favor or is this just a test of their devotion.


Pilsen Art Walk - (10/12/2007)

Art Walk in Pilsen, the 2nd Friday of every month art galleries open there doors and invite people in for wine, cheese and art... We met in Pilsen saw some great art and ate the best Mexican food in Chicago.


Shabbat Dinner - (10/5/2007)

We had a bunch of friends (five new!) over for shabbat.  A friend's parents made schnitzel it was delishhh!  MMYUM.  What a blast.


Ultimately Cool Frisbee! - (9/27/2007)

This past Thursday we planned an Ultimate game for the afternoon.  Unfortunately not as many people showed up as we had hoped, but we still had a fun time tossing the frisbee around and eating dinner together.  We also had Taj, the Moishe House community dog, to entertain us.  We have a great field to play in that is right across the street from our house!  It was beautiful weather for running around.


Community Meeting - (9/20/2007)

We held a pizza-dinner Moishe House meeting last Thursday.  We wanted our first official event to be an introduction to Moishe House for our friends.  We wanted to generate ideas for programming and thoughts about our future goals for the year with our friends so we could beginning planning our year knowing that we were striking the interests of our community.  It turned out to be a great event, with tasty pizza from the local Pizza Metro, and a good discussion following.  And don't forget the fruit!


Apples 'N' Honey - (9/15/2007)

We hosted a dinner and a party to help bring in the new year and welcome people to our new home.

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