The Moishe House Digest

Welcome to the North American Digest! This is a resident resource for upcoming retreats, grants available to use and program resources. You will also find opportunities for personal growth such as fellowships, jobs and travel. Any questions? Email your Regional Support Staff member.

Last updated on January 10, 2019

Moishe House Opportunities

Retreats

Jewish Mindfulness Practice
Jan 25-27, 2019
Oracle AZ

Do you have a mindfulness practice that works for you? Perhaps you meditate, practice yoga, or write in a journal. What if meditation isn't your thing? How can you create mindful moments and experiences that bring together all kinds of folks - of all experience levels? This retreat will focus on storytelling, and how you can create dynamic storytelling programs to introduce and inspire Jewish mindfulness in your community. Let's share, listen, and connect.

The Purim Spiel
Feb 15-17, 2018
Austin, TX

Who doesn't love Purim? Costumes, hamentaschen, wine... but what about one of the most creative and beloved of all Jewish holiday traditions - the Purim Spiel?! Let's spend a Shabbat together learning how to create and perform one - from start to finish. We'll write, direct, and star, all while learning the skills you need to engage your community at home this Purim!

Retreatology (West Coast)
Feb 22-24, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Retreatology is the premier training in the art of Jewish Retreat-Making. Participants (or “Retreatologists”) learn how to create a Jewish gathering for their friends and community from start to finish. From goal-setting to venue selection to experience design, we cover it all. We are looking for community builders, creatives, and people who dream big! Retreatologists are eligible for a grant of up to $5,000 to plan and execute the Jewish learning retreat they have always dreamed of creating. Whether it’s creative writing, Jewish mindfulness, Jewish food or Torah yoga, Retreatology and Moishe House are here to make it possible.

Applications are currently being reviewed for these Retreats but applications are open for all 2019 Learning Retreats! Our 2019 Retreat calendar is up to view here.

Tikkun Olam

Moishe House residents, hosts and staff voted on four pillars of Tikkun Olam for Moishe House at the four resident training conferences in 2018. The four selected themes are:

In 2019, our goal is to have each Moishe House, 100 Moishe House Without Walls (MHWOW) hosts and all Moishe House staff members participate in programming related to at least one of these pillars. Which pillar, how you participate and when is completely up to you! For resources and ideas to guide you through an exciting year of Tikkun Olam programming at Moishe House check out Tikkun Olam.

One Table + Moishe House

OneTable is excited to help you host monthly Shabbat dinners! If your house wants to host a Shabbat dinner with OneTable, they can offer resources like ritual guides, recipes, conversation starters, and more. Each Moishe House location is eligible to request Nourishment credits once a month. OneTable has also launched a potluck feature (onetable.org/potluck-dinners/) on its platform to make hosting regularly even more accessible. Each guest can sign up to bring an item when they RSVP. While we are actively working on a national OneTable x Moishe House partnership, please do not put “Moishe House”/“MoHo” in the dinner title; you may include the organization name in the dinner description and access the searchable “tag” function.

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Grants

From our Extraordinary Programming fund, Shabbat grants, Holiday incentive grants and more, we’ve got you covered to make sure you can create the most meaningful and spirited programs! See below for our current grant offerings.

Tikkun Olam Grant - Sharsheret Pink Shabbat up to $50

Engage with the Mental and Physical Health & Wellness Tikkun Olam pillar by hosting a Pink Shabbat (or similar program). We are partnering with Sharsheret, a Jewish breast cancer organization that helps men and women and their families face cancer. We have enough for up to 20 houses to participate so first come first serve! Houses that apply will be introduced to Ellen, our partner at Sharsheret, for educational resources and support.

Apply Now!

Chag Grant - Tu'Bshvat up to $100

The New Year of the Trees is upon us! Tu B'Shevat will start on the night of Sunday Jan 20th. We are offering $100 to create a Tu B'Shevat Seder or Tu B'Shevat Programming (tree planting, harvest party). Here is an awesome Tu B'Shevat Seder and menu from MH alum Steph Sperber, our Jewish Education team is here to help you think of ideas and answer any questions! Regional Jewish Educators approve North America, Olya FSU and Faustine Intl. In the 16th century, the Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Luria of Sfat and his disciples instituted a Tu Beshvat Seder in which the fruits and trees of the Land of Israel were given symbolic meaning. The main idea was that eating ten specific fruits and drinking four cups of wine in a specific order while reciting the appropriate blessings would bring human beings, and the world, closer to spiritual perfection.

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Shabbat EPF

EPF is for programs with a clear intention to create meaningful experiences for your participants - meaning better, bigger or preferably both!
We are now offering EPF for Shabbat! This grant will be available once a month up to $75 for North American houses.
A few helpful reminders:
-Applications must be submitted before the 10th of the month prior to your program taking place (so you have time to advertise in your next newsletter).
- You may apply as many times as you would like but please note grant funds will vary month-to-month based on number of submissions
- The money from Shabbat EPF is intended to be used only on food (no alcohol or other supplies you can purchase with your house budget - plates, cups, etc.). In some circumstances we may approve Shabbat EPF for special supplies if you are doing a truly extraordinary Shabbat program.

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Israeli Culture Grant Application

Remember you are able to apply for the Israeli Cultural Grant. This grant opportunity can be utilized one time per month for up to an added $100 of funding towards the specific program. The program must focus on Cultural aspects of Israel such as food, music, art, language, or domestic activities and policies. If you have any questions regarding the eligibility of the program, please contact your Regional Support. Apply Now!

Extraordinary Programming Fund

EPF is for programs with a clear intention to create meaningful experiences for your participants - meaning better, bigger or preferably both! Please let us know in your application the intention of your program and the content that you will use to achieve that intention. Your EPF program should be thoughtful and exciting and host more people than your house usually does.

Apply Here

Activate Local Learning Grant

Create the Jewish learning course of your dreams! Engage a local Educator or Rabbi to teach a 3-5 part series class at your Moishe House!   We’ve found that all too often the most inspiring local rabbis and educators are only available for a one-time learning opportunity, maybe just once in a while.  This grant is meant to support residents who want to do some serious Jewish learning and develop a relationship with a local educator.   Create a course on Judaism’s view of Miracles or Justice; explore what the Talmud teaches about Cooking or Relationships.  Craft a Course on Kabbalah or Hasidic Thought, or the Hebrew language, Take a Deep Dive into Jewish poetry, find out what your local educators specialize in!  Connect with a local rabbi, professor, or teacher on your own or connect with Rabbi Brad who has networks of educators in cities around the country and will work with you to find a local educator that fits the style/needs of your house. Course is at least a 3 part series  up to $750 to hire local educator plus materials and snacks over a 3 part series ($500 for international houses) Apply here

Program Resources

Sefaria Jewish Text Sources

Some of the Jewish Education staff from Moishe House have started a group on Sefaria where you can find jewish text source sheets. Sefaria is a non-profit organization dedicated to building the future of Jewish learning in an open and participatory way. They assembled a free living library of Jewish texts and their interconnections, in Hebrew and in translation. With these digital texts, it will allow more people to engage with the textual treasures of our tradition This is Moishe House’s Sefaria Page  The international residents had a contest for source sheets about gender in Jewish text and we wanted to share the winner from Galadriel of Moishe House Brussels who used a cheesecake recipe as a methodology for text study : www.sefaria.org/sheets/110080

Gone are the days when death talk was a whisper and taboo. Reboot’s Death over Dinner – Jewish Edition project is inviting communities to convene conversations about death with the ease of breaking bread. The Jewish Edition is a collaboration between Death Over Dinner, IKAR and Reboot. Based on Michael Hebb’s Death Over Dinner project, we’re proud to be leading the Jewish launch, crystalizing conversations through a Jewish lens. Interested in hosting a “Death over Dinner” dinner? Head on over to the website and check out their incredible resources

Hebrew History 101 with BimBam

What is the history of Hebrew? Get a quick introduction in an all-new video from our friends at BimBam. Did you know that the Hebrew spoken today is different from the Hebrew in the Bible? Learn more about the history of Modern Hebrew in an all-new video from @heybimbam

Personal Growth Opportunities

Fellowships, Jobs and Conferences

Birthright Israel Excel’s Summer 2019 Cohort

Looking for your next internship? Check out Birthright Israel Excel: 10 weeks in Israel. A lifelong Fellowship. Excel’s 10-week summer program takes place in Tel Aviv, where Fellows intern at leading global companies or participate in a pre-accelerator to create a tech startup! This is a great opportunity for Jewish college students to be part of a strong network of business and entrepreneurship leaders. Regular decision applications due on January 20th. Apply Here!

The 2019 Adamah Farming Fellowship, CT

The Adamah Fellowship is a two to three-month program for adults ages 20-35 that integrates organic agriculture, farm-to-table living, Jewish learning, community building, social justice and spiritual practice.  Adamah cultivates the soil and the soul to produce food, to build and transform identities and to gather a community of people changing the world.  We grow organic vegetables, fruit, herbs, goats, flowers, eggs, and we grow people through experiences with ecology, food production, social justice, spiritual practice, a vibrant evolving Judaism, and intentional community. Admission is on a rolling basis, join us for our Spring season starting April 23rd. Apply Here!

The 2019 Urban Adamah Farming Fellowship, CA

Connect to Something Bigger! The Urban Adamah Fellowship, based in Berkeley, CA, is a three-month residential training program for young adults (ages 21–31) that combines urban organic farming, social justice training and progressive Jewish learning and living within the setting of an intentional community. Admission is on a rolling basis. Information and applications are available on their website.

The 2019-20 Repair the World Fellowship

This Fellowship is a unique, full-time, 11 month opportunity for individuals ages 21– 26 who are passionate about social justice, community engagement, and meaningful service to recruit and engage the Jewish community to address issues of hunger and education access through volunteering. Fellows will recruit, train, and serve alongside volunteers to bring about real community change. In 2017-18, our Fellows engaged over 25,000 individuals in our programming. Priority Deadline is January 31, 2019. Apply Here!

 Urban Adamah Associate Executive Director

Urban Adamah is an educational farm and community center in Berkeley, CA, that integrates the practices of Jewish tradition, sustainable agriculture, mindfulness and social action to build loving, just and sustainable communities. They provide educational programs and community celebrations for more than 10,000 visitors annually.

Urban Adamah’s Associate Executive Director (AED) is responsible for the day-to-day management of Urban Adamah and has two major areas of responsibility: operational and programmatic. The AED will work closely with, and be directly supervised by, the Executive Director (ED).  Apply Here! 

 

Travel and Other Opportunities

Masa Programs in Israel

Whether you are looking to gain international experience, develop leadership skills, or see what it really means to live in the Startup Nation, you need to check out Masa Israel Journey. Masa offers over 300 4-12 month study abroad, internship, volunteer and graduate programs in Israel.

If you are interested in building your resume in Israel, having a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and exploring everything Israel has to offer, reaches out directly to Hayley Geller (hayleyg@masaisrael.org) to receive more information about Masa programs and available funding.

Join Olam to do service across the globe

Check out this great resource that outlines amazing opportunities to do social justice in developing countries around the world. OLAM is a broad coalition of partner organizations, working together to raise awareness in the global Jewish community of the importance of supporting the world’s most vulnerable communities and to improve the quality of our work on the ground.

Travel with ENTWINE in 2019

Check out the complete list of trips here. Moishe House scholarships can help you get there! JDC Entwine has significant subsidies available, as does Moishe House.