Why: Our Purpose
To make young adulthood one of the most meaningful and vibrant stages of Jewish life.
Our shared beliefs about why our purpose matters:
- We live in a world where traditional religious structures have a diminishing influence on younger generations, and feelings of isolation and loneliness are on the rise. Jewish community, life, and traditions, made available in a way that resonates with young adults, have the power to greatly improve the lives of young Jewish adults and to strengthen Jewish communal connectedness.
- Young adulthood is often the time when major life decisions about careers, community, and future families are made. People who actively engage in Jewish life and community as young adults are more likely to continue to do so in future life stages.
- A vibrant Jewish future depends on meaningfully engaging and empowering young adults to be creators and facilitators as well as participants. This work should not be limited to Jewish communal professionals or those with strong Jewish educational backgrounds. There is ample space for all Jewish young adults to build the kind of communities they want and need. Moishe House will support these young adults with professional resources and the tools to engage meaningfully with their culture and each other, even across differing Jewish movements, geographies, or political divides.
- We envision a world where all Jewish young adults have the access and resources needed to build their own place within Jewish community, find friends, and move along in their Jewish journey. With positive, fun, and meaningful experiences, young adults can embrace a trajectory for lifelong involvement in the Jewish community.
How: Our Mission and Strategy Values
Our organizational mission is to provide vibrant Jewish community for young adults by supporting leaders in their 20s and early 30s as they create meaningful Jewish experiences for themselves and their peers.
While much of our programming is home-based, we have broadened our reach to extend to other environments as well. We were built on and continue to hone the following key ingredients we believe are essential for engaging young adults in Jewish life:
- Peer-To-Peer Engagement: Give agency and ownership to young adults to create compelling and attractive programming while recruiting and engaging their friends and social networks.
- Frequency of Attendance and/or Relationship with a Jewish Educator/Clergy: In order to have a measurable and lasting impact on attitudes and behaviors, research shows that it is necessary for participants to engage in at least one of the following kinds of Jewish experiences or connections: (i) taking part regularly (a minimum of four times annually) in a Jewish community or activity, (ii) participating in at least one multi-day experience, or (iii) forging a personal relationship with a Jewish educator or clergy member.
- Vetted, Trained and Committed Leaders: Investing in our community builders and providing them with inspiration, encouragement, training and resources to experiment in their programming will ensure the quality and multiplying impact for the present and future.
- Global Network and Peoplehood: In this connected world, there is great value in being part of a global community and investing in and maintaining international networks. We serve young adults in approximately 30 countries, and our shared peoplehood transcends national boundaries.
As we work to advance our purpose and enhance our unique value proposition, we look to the following guiding principles to inspire all elements of programming, inform our decision making and prioritization, and navigate tradeoffs:
- Community Builders First: Moishe House exists to inspire and support young adults (whom we refer to as “community builders”) to create Jewish experiences and communities for their peers. We make every decision and measure every outcome based on how well we serve and honor our community builders. We strive to make the community builder experience as positive and straightforward as possible so that their energy and passion can be poured into enthusiastically building and growing their communities.
- Say “Yes” to More Young Adults: Even though we have grown quickly, demand still greatly exceeds supply, and there is even more opportunity to generate additional demand. Our professionals, lay leaders and community builders work from a place of possibility and our passion for our mission drives us to work with great urgency and to place our overall goals and mission in front of personal priorities. We are committed to inspiring more young adults to view themselves as impactful Jewish leaders and we elevate multiple pathways to Jewish leadership, emphasizing that leadership is not just reserved for professionals.
- Broad Definition of Jewish Practice and Identity: Moishe House is welcoming and open to all young adults who wish to connect to Jewish community and life, whether the Jewish connection they seek is primarily religious, cultural or social. We do not define what makes someone Jewish or put titles on someone’s Jewish identity. We are open to and value a diversity of backgrounds, denominations, personal and religious beliefs, and practices and we take pride in each Moishe House community’s unique identity, programming, and culture. We value and prioritize our commitment to being a global and diverse Jewish people.
- Bringing Judaism to Life: We are focused on transforming how young adults engage with Judaism and strive to be a place where they can discover, practice, and explore traditions, ritual, and learning. We create opportunities for young adults to develop relationships with Jewish educators and clergy, and to build confidence and find meaning in Jewish practice that they can put to practical use as they create inspiring Jewish homes for today and the future.
How: Our Professional Culture
As a professional team, the Moishe Mindset codifies our professional standards and expectations:
- Be the Difference: We are all leaders, committed to driving change and innovation, taking initiative, growing, and achieving results.
- Connect and Listen: We embrace and encourage the collaborative nature of our work through responsive and clear communication.
- Embrace the Unknown: We are flexible. We demonstrate a can-do attitude and adapt quickly and effectively to the continuously changing community of young adults and a maturing organization.
- Invest Wisely: Our work is made possible by the generosity and passion of our donors. We are mindful of their investment and are intentional in our spending decisions.
- Own It!: We take ownership of our work and behavior. We hold ourselves and others accountable for following through on commitments, managing expectations, tracking goals and outcomes, and respecting each other’s time.
- Value People: Our spirit of hospitality permeates every part of the Moishe House universe.
- Work Well, Live Well, and Have Fun!: We find joy and meaning in what we do, take care of ourselves and others, demonstrate a strong work ethic, and commit to professional and personal development.