2018 was such a chill year. Oh wait, it was an insane year. There were some… interesting political happenings in the US, Climate Change is apparently even more of an issue than we previously thought, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians created a celebratory cultural moment, and the Presidents of North and South Korea SHOOK HANDS. Crazy (rich Asians).
But the things that had the greatest effect on me were the moments I had with my friends, family, and community. Like debating Judaism and politics with new friends in Jerusalem, meeting thirty new Jews of Color and learning their unique, yet totally relateable stories in Southern California, and spending a weekend in rural Michigan with other Jewish young adults learning how they inspire their friends to explore Judaism together (#NattyCon2018).
All these opportunities existed because of Moishe House Without Walls (Thanks MH!). Fortunately, in 2018, thousands of other people were positively affected because of MHWOW too – incredible hosts who created meaningful experiences and friends who brought them along for their first Moishe House experience.
The MHWOW staff watched these experiences unfold both in person and through the magic of the Mintranet. We heard about impactful moments from hosts and saw how just a bit of funding can help create those moments.
From a numbers perspective, it was MHWOW’s biggest year yet. Almost 700 MHWOW hosts created over 3,600 programs for more than 19,000 individuals. That’s basically ten MHWOW programs every day. We are so proud of the hard work that went into creating these programs and thankful for every one of the 19,000 young adults who attended them.
This past year was a huge growth year, but more importantly the creativity, Jewish content, and connections made by hosts and community members were the key elements to MHWOW’s success.
2018 was the year of…