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10/21/2014 - 2014/15 Slingshot Guide Released, Now Featuring Regional Editions - The Jewish Week

The Jewish funding organization Slingshot released today its tenth annual national guide to America’s 50 most innovative Jewish organizations. For the first time, Slingshot also published two regional guides that feature about 20 Jewish organizations from the Washington D.C. and Midwest regions.
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10/16/2014 - Jews, Muslims eat together, learn about Sukkot and Eid - Washington Jewish Week

Jews and Muslims have a lot in common, including community gatherings and festive religious holidays centered on good food. In that spirit, on Oct. 8 Moishe House Capitol Hill hosted JAM DC (Jews and Muslims DC) – an organization dedicated to bringing together Jewish and Muslim young professionals in the D.C. area – for a Sukkot and Eid meal.
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10/02/2014 - Band Of Brothers - Detroit Jewish News

Put five good-looking, single young men together in one house and you could have a sequel to Animal House. Or you could have the Moishe House in Royal Oak, a social center for suburban Jewish young adults. The house is the successor to the Motor City Moishe House, which opened in Midtown Detroit to great fanfare in 2011 and closed two years later. For one year, Detroit also had a Repair the World Moishe House, a partnership with the Repair the World volunteer service organization.
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10/01/2014 - Wrestling with My Brother and the Brotherhood - eJewish Philanthropy

As I sit here, watching my younger brother’s induction ceremony into Garin Tzabar, a pre-army prep program for foreigners hoping to join the Israeli Defense Forces, I’m battling a variety of emotions – pride, anxiety, fear, awe. When Koby first made this decision, it was incomprehensible to me. As someone whose connection to Israel was never the expression of my Judaism and Jewish identity, Koby’s decision was incredibly difficult for me to accept. Why did he have to go thousands of miles away and join a foreign army? Well, for him, this was his expression of his Jewish identity, and connection to the Jewish people. And while I chose to find myself through social action and community building, he chose to find himself through a connection to Israel.
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09/15/2014 - Moishe House to open in Paris amid hike in anti-Semitic incidents in France - The Jersusalem Post

Paris will see the opening of its first Moishe House amid a soaring number of anti-Semitic attacks in France.
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09/12/2014 - Moving From Jewish Programming to Inspired Judaism - eJewish Philanthropy

There is a lot of conversation about the notion of “free” in the Jewish community, particularly around college and young adult programming. As a community, we are struggling with the transition from a Jewish world that not only is free, but also provides huge opportunities at little or no cost if you just show up, to the stage that comes next. This “free” programming comes in stark contrast to the reality that living an active Jewish life is actually quite expensive. I am now in my 30s and see the cost side as more of a byproduct than the actual root of the issue. We have plenty of evidence that young people will pay for things, but it is based on perceived value rather than obligation.
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09/04/2014 - Grantee Profile: Moishe House - Jewishfed.org

What do you get when you take a half dozen Jewish twenty-somethings, put them in a house together, subsidize a substantial portion of their rent, and have them throw seven community-wide events every month? No, it’s not a reality show. It’s Moishe House, which for eight years has been providing meaningful Jewish experiences for Jewish young adults around the world: literally from the Bay Area to Beijing.
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08/26/2014 - Pacific Spirit: A welcoming home for young Jews - Vancouver Courier

Thanks mostly to migration from across Canada and elsewhere, Vancouver’s Jewish community is one of the fastest growing in North America. But studies indicate the overall number of people engaged with Jewish institutions in North America is declining.
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08/21/2014 - At home with Moishe - Galus Australis

I sit here writing this by the fireplace in Moishe House Melbourne. During this last month alone, we have held programs such as art sessions, an open mic night and a Jewish ecology discussion group. Each one of these programs came from the personal interest of a resident or a community member who stepped up to create the event. A glance at the photos on our Facebook group will give you a better idea of the kind of atmosphere we typically create in our home.
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08/20/2014 - Camp Director Stefan Teodosic Left Finance for Jewish Camping & Never Looked Back - Kveller.com

Since I was 16, I knew that I wanted to be a camp director, as it was the single most impactful experience I had growing up. Through college, business school, and my career, I couldn’t shake the idea of being in Jewish camping full time. It bubbled to the surface at times–thoughts about going back to school to get another degree, taking vacation time to work with teens at my old camp, and even thinking about quitting–but it was never more than that to be honest.
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08/18/2014 - Around the World in 63 Moishe Houses - Jewcy

We were two would-be vagabonds, Anna and I, traipsing our way up the Pacific Northwest to satisfy a rather urgent sense of wanderlust, charged by equal parts restlessness and East Coast disillusionment. This was in Spring 2013, around the time that Didion-inspired “Goodbye to All That” anthology was published; I had only just graduated from college but already felt worldly enough to dismiss New York outright as “not really my scene” (though, wherever that scene may be, I still do not know).
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08/15/2014 - Moishe House Strives to Meet International Expansion Demand for Young Jewish Adults – Establishes Global Community Fund - PR WEB

Moishe House currently has more than 60 houses worldwide and receives weekly requests from communities around the world who are interested in starting their own Moishe House community. The unique and innovative Moishe House model trains, supports, and sponsors young Jewish leaders as they create vibrant home-based communities for themselves and their peers.
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08/13/2014 - Boston's Iftar Break-Fast on the 17th of Tammuz - New Israel Fund

Watching the news coming from Israel can make you feel helpless. I live near Boston as sirens send my friends to shelters and civilians are killed in Gaza. I wish I could participate in Tag Meir demonstrations like the one organized by NIF in Jerusalem against vengeance, racism, and hate. In order to feel productive and connected, I chose to visit the Yosuf Mosque in Boston for "Iftar Break-Fast on the 17th of Tammuz" organized by Moishe Kavod House. Similar events were held the world over to bring Muslims, breaking their daily Ramadan fast, together with Jews breaking their own 17th of Tammuz fast. This day marks the beginning of a three week Jewish mourning period commemorating the destruction of Jerusalem and the two Temples.
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07/16/2014 - Double Chai in the Chi - OyChicago.com

As director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Chicago campaign, Eli Wald has redefined the Israel lobby’s relationship with its Chicago donors, introducing a sense of personal connection and emphasizing AIPAC’s mission to promote and strengthen the Jewish community’s relationship with Israel.
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07/10/2014 - Jewish Guy of the Week - Gather the Jews

Rachel: What brought you to DC? Benjy: I grew up in this area, then moved to Miami for a while. I knew it was time to leave Miami when I started thinking Gucci loafers were a cool thing to wear. I wanted to be near my family again too.
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07/09/2014 - In Eastern Europe, A New Generation of Jewish Leaders - eJewish Philanthropy

Sitting in her office in a rather grim-faced building attached to the handsome Nozyk Synagogue, I asked the new President of the Jewish Community of Warsaw, Anna Chipczynska, what it was that she campaigned on in order to win the election. “To what extent did I really have to campaign?” she ventured.
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07/09/2014 - Connecting with Young Jews, Wherever They Are - eJewish Philanthropy

My first car was a 1971 red Volkswagen Beetle convertible. It was the car my mom bought when she was in her 20s and took the daring drive from New York to San Francisco, a trip her family and friends thought she was crazy to make since it was so far from home and she didn’t have a job lined up.
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07/08/2014 - A House That's a Home - Cleveland Jewish News

On a dusky spring night in June, there’s constant motion inside Moishe House. Ben cleans up after returning home from a softball game before logging onto his computer, Mandy pours herself a glass of water as she starts to pack for a trip to Israel she’ll embark on days later, and after a long day at work, Josh sits down for a late dinner consisting of a sandwich, chips and hummus.
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07/01/2014 - More Than a Weekend: Advancing Leadership Through Retreats - eJewish Philanthropy

The Jewish community needs more stories like Ofir Barashy’s. At 22, Ofir felt disconnected from organized Jewish life until a close childhood friend introduced him to Moishe House, an organization that empowers Jews in their 20s to create vibrant home-based communities for themselves and their peers.
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06/09/2014 - International Gathering To Teach The Art Of Crafting Powerful Jewish Retreats - The Paramus Post

Moishe House, together with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, will bring together some 40 young community organizers from around the world to learn the art of creating powerful peer-driven Jewish retreats, at the first “Retreatology – The Art of Jewish Retreat-Making.”
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06/03/2014 - Engaging Alumni With Multiple Jewish Identities - eJewish Philanthropy

Last month, I had the privilege of taking part in the final #NetTalks Alumni Engagement Webinar, which featured No’a Gorlin, Associate Executive Director of ROI Community, and Or Mars, Director of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program. #NetTalks is an initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and Jim Joseph Foundation.
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05/30/2014 - A Jewish Retreat About Advancing Jewish Retreats - Telegraph

This weekend in a meta sort of twist 49 young Jews will gather in suburban Boston for a retreat about Jewish retreats. The gathering’s sponsors — Moishe House and Schusterman Connection Points, a program of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation — have even invented a new word, “retreatology,” to describe the “art of Jewish retreat-making” and use as a name for the upcoming weekend.
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05/30/2014 - Retreatology – The Art of Jewish Retreat-Making Opens Today - eJewish Philanthropy

Moishe House, together with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, will bring together some 40 young community organizers from around the world to learn the art of creating powerful peer-driven Jewish retreats, at the first “Retreatology – The Art of Jewish Retreat-Making.”
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05/28/2014 - Shabbat 2.0: Young Jewish Leaders Commit to Action at Riga Retreat - eJewish Philanthropy

My first interaction with Moishe House happened about three years ago, when a brash young Peace Corps volunteer from a Ukrainian village was invited to see what Moishe House Kiev had to offer.
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05/28/2014 - Moishe House Reflection: Light Ignited in Latvia - Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Blog

When my friend connected me with the Moishe House Kiev community, it was a love at first sight. For me, Moishe House carried the most desirable thing that all leaders dream of – the leeway to actually run a community, without looking back at authorities, except for inspiration. As a Hillel alumnus, yet not a Hesed client, this was ideal.
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05/01/2014 - To be young, gifted and Jewish in Houston - Jewish Herald-Voice

Within the space of a generation, young Jews, aged 22-30, have undergone radical cultural changes. The orderly progression in which young people finish school, grow up, start careers and make a family has disappeared. The typical millennials change jobs seven times in their 20s, marry five years later than their parents and tend not to affiliate with traditional Jewish communal organizations.
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04/29/2014 - Moishe House Fills Gap with Activities for Young Adults - Arizona Jewish Life Magazine

For college graduates, there is often a gripping “what now” moment the minute the ink on their diploma is dry. The endless possibilities lying ahead can be dizzying but also fraught with endless questions regarding careers, networking and housing. For Jewish graduates, there can be additional soul-searching thoughts to ponder: “How do I keep my connection to Jewish life and learning? How do I make new Jewish friends who share my values?”
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04/03/2014 - Kosher Chili Cook-Off Builds Jewish Unity Deep in Heart of Texas - Forward Mobile

You want to try the Republican chili?” That’s the kind of invitation I got, repeatedly, from many of the 50 contestants at this year’s Dallas Kosher Chili Cookoff. And after trying the Republican Jewish Coalition’s surprisingly garlicky spoonful, I faced a Jewish institutional smorgasbord. Whose culinary sensibilities would I sample next — those of the Anti-Defamation League, or those of the Hebrew Men’s Poker Association?
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03/27/2014 - Not Stuffy in Here - Washington Jewish News

Two weeks after she moved to the Washington area in January, Ari Waschler attended her first event, a Shabbat dinner, at Moishe House Arlington. Less than two months later, she says she’s developed “a solid group of Jewish friends.”
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03/27/2014 - A New Way for Jewish Young Adults to Connect in the Conejo - The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

How do Jewish young adults in the Conejo Valley connect once they graduate from college? And how can we keep them engaged in Jewish life? The answer is simpler than you think. Bring a brilliant concept that’s had success around the world to the Conejo Valley and you get Moishe House Conejo Valley (or as its residents call it, MoHo CV).
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02/10/2014 - Young Adult Jewish Life Blossoms in Sofia - eJewish Philanthropy

SOFIA, Bulgaria – Europe’s Jewish revival today is the stuff of headlines in Poland and Hungary, often framed through the lens of contemporary anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. But in the Balkans, a little known, two millennia-old Jewish community has emerged from the shadows of earlier communist and facist rule to blossom with new and growing opportunities for Jewish life.
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