Moishe House Without Walls Program Categories

The following are eligible categories of MHWOW programming:

  • Shabbat Experience
    • Shabbat Experience programs should take place on Friday evening or Saturday and involve some Shabbat themes or rituals including but not limited to any one of these: kiddush, Havdalah, singing, praying, Kabbalat Shabbat, Seudah Shlishit (the third meal), and Melaveh Malkah.
  • Passover
    • Passover programs should involve the Passover story and themes or practicing affiliated rituals or prayers. This may include a Pesach Seder or Mimouna.
  • Purim
    • Purim programs should involve the Purim story and themes or practicing affiliated rituals or prayers. This may include a hamentaschen bake, the creation and distribution of mishloach manot, reading the megillah, or donating to charity.
  • Hanukkah
    • Hanukkah programs should involve the Hanukkah story and themes or practicing affiliated rituals or prayers. This may include lighting the Hanukkiah, making a festive meal, and listening or playing festive music.
  • Rosh Hashanah
    • Rosh Hashanah programs should involve Rosh Hashanah themes or practicing affiliated rituals or prayers. This may include making a festive meal, tashlich, intention setting, or reflection on the previous year.
  • Yom Kippur
    • Yom Kippur programs should involve the Yom Kippur themes or practicing affiliated rituals or prayers. This may include a Kol Nidrei or break fast meal.
  • Sukkot
    • Sukkot programs should involve the Sukkot themes or practicing affiliated rituals or prayers. This may include making a sukkah, having a festive meal in the sukkah, or shaking the lulav and etrog.
  • Tikkun Olam
    • Tikkun Olam programs can be in the area of direct service, advocacy, education, or relationship building.
      • Direct service is a project in which individuals are providing material goods, time, or other services to another population. An example of this would be an MHWOW host taking their friends to clean up a community garden.
      • Advocacy is rallying support for a particular cause or issue and making a recommendation for how to best address that issue. An example of this is an MHWOW host gathering community activists for lunch to call support for local causes.
      • Education equips individuals with background information about a particular cause or issue affecting a society. To have a real impact on an issue, it’s crucial for a group to understand the underlying causes and history of that topic. An example would be an MHWOW host gathering community members for a conversation about listening across political divides.
      • Relationship building refers to establishing ongoing partnerships via individual relationships with those in other communities. An example would be an MHWOW host bringing interfaith community members together for a Shabbat dinner.
  • Jewish Culture
    • Jewish Culture programs should include elements of Jewish culture, performing mitzvot, practicing affiliated rituals, or reciting prayers. These include Jewish cooking, interfaith programming, sheva brachot, B’nai Mitzvot, or baby namings.
  • Jewish Learning
    • Jewish Learning programs should incorporate Jewish Text in some form or the study of Jewish history. These can include Rosh Chodesh groups, text studies, non-holiday learning groups, Jewish book clubs, Jewish meditation, or conversations about the Holocaust.