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12/09/2016 - Moishe House at 10: Millennial success story in Jewish living - News Weekly of Northwern California

Where do million-dollar ideas get born? On one now-legendary occasion, the setting was a 2001 Hillel Shabbat dinner in Santa Barbara. That’s where an elderly gentleman asked then-20-year-old David Cygielman out of the blue: What would you do if someone gave you a million dollars, but you weren’t allowed to spend any of it on yourself?
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12/07/2016 - Innovation fund giving circle pools $80,000 for arts, culture, community building grants - soapboxmedia.com

Next fall, the Jewish Innovation Fund will bring a new festival of arts and culture to Washington Park. It is one of four projects backed by an $80,000 grant from the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, which aims to celebrate Cincinnati’s rich Jewish history by writing its next chapter.
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12/02/2016 - Our Opportunity and Responsibility to Engage Boston’s Russian-Speaking Jews - JewishBoston.com

“Russian-speaking Jewry” (RSJ) is an acronym iterated from my mouth more often than any modern-day colloquial abbreviations. Russian born; Brooklyn raised; Boston educated. RSJ has developed from my childhood of English at school, Russian at home, Hanukkah menorahs and New Year’s trees, trips to Israel and churches into a career of JCCs, the JCRC and now my current role at Moishe House as director of RSJ programming. Today I oversee a growing network of 16 RSJ Moishe Houses, a leading platform for engagement of RSJ young adults worldwide in creating meaningful Jewish experiences and developing vibrant communities.
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11/29/2016 - 10 Years Later, Moishe House Remains More Committed Than Ever to the 20-Somethings Building Communities - eJewish Philanthropy

Ten years ago, Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back” topped the Billboard charts, the second installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise was the highest-grossing movie of the year, Google purchased a quickly growing video-sharing site called YouTube, and I had a full head of hair.
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11/29/2016 - Announcing the Open Dor Project: Applications Open Today - eJewish Philanthropy

The Open Dor Project is a new initiative, inspired and powered by Moishe House, and designed to further the creation and development of emerging Jewish spiritual communities across the country.
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11/29/2016 - Trusting Young Adults to Build Their Own Communities From the Ground Up - The Forward

If I do my job right, I’ll never run a Jewish program for young adults again. I won’t plan another program. I won’t purchase a single loaf of challah. I won’t create a Facebook event and invite my friends. I won’t come up with “Sangria in the Sukkah” or “High Holy Day Meditation” or “The Best of Mel Brooks Movie Night.” You see, at Moishe House, we don’t think we – or any organization for that matter – can create programs and cultivate Jewish life for young adults like the young adults themselves. And I’m not talking about chairs and co-chairs or board members or anything like that. I’m talking about the people who live a few doors down from you, your buddy from college or your friend from yoga.
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11/29/2016 - Jewish groups urge post-election discussion at Shabbat dinners - Jewish Telegraph Agency

Jewish organizations launched an initiative encouraging young Jews to use Shabbat dinner as a way to promote dialogue about the results of the 2016 presidential election. The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Moishe House, OneTable and Repair the World are calling on young Jews to sign up to host Shabbat dinners through OneTable, a platform that funds young people hosting Friday night dinners.
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10/27/2016 - Peer-to-peer community building - Jewish News of Greater Phoenix and Northern Arizona

More than 60 young Jewish professionals gathered in the Moishe House Phoenix sukkah this past weekend to celebrate Sukkot together, one of the many social events Moishe House hosts each month for Jews in their early career years out of college. Although there can often be a disconnect in Jewish participation when college students graduate and enter their careers, Moishe House Phoenix has helped fill that void since 2013.
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10/27/2016 - An Artisanal Judaism Grows in Brooklyn - The Jewish Week

Gregory Uzelac, a 26-year-old freelance writer living in the increasingly trendy Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, describes Jewish life there as being in the “Jewish start-up age.”
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10/24/2016 - Three’s Company at New Montclair Moishe House - Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ

Last year, the national Moishe House organization approached our Federation and Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) about the possibility of helping fund a Moishe House in the Greater MetroWest Community. At that point the only one in New Jersey was in Hoboken.
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10/19/2016 - Moishe House Marks 10-Year Anniversary Of Engaging Young Jews - Detroit Jewish News

Detroit City Moishe House hosted 40 young Jewish professionals for Shabbat dinner Friday, Sept. 23, featuring food from Slows barbecue, Detroit Vegan Soul, Bucharest, Leo’s Coney Island, Sister Pie, Star Bakery and Chef Cari Kosher Catering. As if the great food wasn’t cause enough for celebration, the gathering also was part of the Moishe House Global Shabbat.
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10/11/2016 - Young Jewish adults find ‘meaningful,’ if not traditional, ways to celebrate Yom Kippur - The Seattle Times

Yom Kippur is a very personal celebration for many Jewish people, and some young Jewish adults have adopted their own ways of observing the Day of Atonement.
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10/11/2016 - Moishe house comes to Brookline: A community for young Jewish professionals - Wicked TAB Brookline

At Moishe house in Brookline, visitors let themselves in. The house is open and airy with tall ceilings and large chandeliers. The table is set for a family-style dinner with Chinese food and wine. The scent of curry and fried rice envelopes this homey atmosphere.
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10/07/2016 - Moishe House: Answer the Shofar’s Text Message - Atlanta Jewish Times

Whether to announce the new moon, the new year or a calling together of people, the shofar was our cellphone in the biblical age. Each blast is an SMS, Facebook message, BBM or iMessage from the Rambam, telling us to “arise, you who are fast asleep, and awaken, you who slumber.”
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10/07/2016 - The Jewish Educator: The Owner of Jewish Knowledge? - eJewish Philanthropy

I have always struggled with the balance between education and facilitation. When we educate about an idea or concept, what gives us the right to impose a message or agenda on our learners? Who determines whether what we have to say is interesting, useful or important?
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09/30/2016 - The Wandering Jews of Moishe House - JEU - European Jewish Magazine

In the remote and woody countryside close to Prague, European Jewry was plotting. On the agenda was the future of the Moishe House organisation, an American-based nonprofit which creates innovative spaces for young Jewish leaders to create their community, to open their Jewish homes to strangers, and spread Jewish knowledge and values.
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09/21/2016 - Moishe House Marks a Decade with Global Shabbat Celebration - eJewish Philanthropy

Moishe House, the largest organization in the world serving post-college Jewish young adults, will celebrate its first decade with thousands of Moishe House residents, local community members, family members and donors in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, North and South America and Israel. The goal is to bring together the global Moishe House community to rejoice and reflect on the last 10 years of creating meaningful and intentional communities for young Jewish adults around the world. All Shabbat programs will begin local time in each community.
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09/16/2016 - Young Jewish adults in Seattle find a home and community at Moishe House - The Seattle Times

When Raphael Ginsburg, 23, moved to Seattle in January, he knew only one person in the city. Eight months later, he feels like he’s part of the Seattle community, thanks to Moishe House.
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09/13/2016 - Moishe House Matures in Atlanta and Beyond - Atlanta Jewish Times

Moishe House turns 10 on Friday, Sept. 23. An international phenomenon that began in 2006 when four young Jewish adults in Oakland, Calif., began hosting Shabbat dinners for their friends, Moishe House now has 92 houses in 21 countries. Recent additions include Montevideo, Uruguay; Be’er Sheva, Israel; St. Louis; Mannheim, Germany; and a third site in Boston.
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09/08/2016 - Empowering Young Adults to Make the World a Better Place - eJewish Philanthropy

The concept of a “service project” is one that is incredibly familiar to most Millennials from their years of school and youth involvement. From food drives in middle school to volunteering at homeless shelters with friends for high school volunteer hours, today’s millenials have grown up in a culture of giving back to the community. But in a typical young adults’ daily life today, they’re far less likely to encounter opportunities for actual service work. What they do see, though, are daily social media campaigns, primarily focused on crowdfunding campaigns (Ice Bucket challenge, charity walks, Races, etc.) with stories and videos of the do-good agencies. The goal for Moishe House is to create dynamic ways for young adults to participate more actively in meaningful service to support their their friends and communities, in addition to the participation in online campaigns. As Moishe House has grown globally and we have increased our focus on service-oriented work, one thing is abundantly clear: young adults care about important societal issues and are motivated to engage with the community and to use their skills to help others.
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09/07/2016 - Seeing is Believing: Moishe House Ignite Retreat - Jim Joseph Foundation.org

Growing up in a Jewish home, engaging with various Jewish organizations, living in Israel, and working at a Jewish foundation have allowed me to feel connected to Judaism and the Jewish Community. Participating in the Moishe House Ignite Retreat, a retreat designed to gather, connect, and develop Jewish young adult leaders, challenged this sense of connection and reignited my passion for Judaism and the work I do every day as a staff member of the Jim Joseph Foundation.
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08/31/2016 - You Should Know… Brandon Mond - Washington Jewish Week

Brandon Mond is open about his political allegiances. The 22-year-old is a development associate at Berger Hirschberg Strategies, a downtown Washington firm that raises funds for Democratic candidates and progressive causes. The firm targets potential donors and makes strategic development planning for nonprofit groups. Mond worked first as a fellow at the firm while he was a senior at University of Texas-Austin before being hired this year and is a resident at Moishe House Washington D.C. - Capitol Hill.
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08/26/2016 - New Faces in Moishe House and Beyond - Oregon Jewish Life

Portland Moishe House has gained two new residents and a new contingent of young adults to help create Jewish community for their peers. Portland Moishe House is one of 89 Moishe Houses in 21 countries designed to help young, innovative Jews create their vision of an ideal Jewish communal space. House residents plan and host events for other young adults.
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08/18/2016 - Moishe House aims to create social scene downtown for young Jews - Jewish Journal

Just a half-mile from Skid Row stands a six-story apartment building in Little Tokyo. Modern in style with parking that’s off-the-charts expensive, it is home to something you might expect given the neighborhood — a Seoul Sausage eatery occupies the first floor — and something you might not. On the second floor, past a social space filled with a flat-screen TV, sofas and game tables, is a green apartment door with a welcome mat on the floor that says simply: “Moishe House.”
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08/09/2016 - New Moishe House creates pluralistic Jewish community for Beersheba millennials - Jerusalem Post

The inception of the recently-inaugurated Beersheba Moishe House is similar to the founding of the first-ever Moishe House in Oakland, California. It was born out of the efforts of a small group of passionate, dedicated youths opening their home to create a sense of community and strengthen Jewish identity.
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08/09/2016 - Welcome Moishe House To Minneapolis - TC Jewfolk.com

When you’re in college, it can be easy to find a connection to a Jewish community. Once you get out of college, finding that same connection to a Jewish community can be more of a challenge. David Cygielman understood that plight 10 years ago.
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08/09/2016 - Moishe House Starts Out Strong: Brunch Edition - TC Jewfolk.com

There was food, a few games, and lots and LOTS of chatting. Several of the people were new to the Twin Cities (from all around the country and beyond- from Atlanta to Canada) and were looking for a community they could be a part of. The hosts (Lauren Dahar, Jacqueline Soria and Samantha Hamlin) put on a great afternoon party and opened their new home to all of us as we talked, laughed, made bad jokes, and realized that many of us already distantly knew other guests’ family members or hometowns.
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07/27/2016 - Moishe House and Ben-Gurion Univ Open a Home for Millennials in Beer-Sheva - Jewocity.com

Moishe House, in collaboration with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), opened Moishe House Beer-Sheva, its third house in Israel, earlier this month.
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07/25/2016 - Jewish Resident of the Week – Emily - Gather the Jews

I had the opportunity to interview Emily for this week’s feature. This nomination came from Emma, our Jewish Musical Lover of the Week. I got the opportunity to ask Emily about her time in Moishe House, the nonprofit she started when she was in middle school and her favorite Turkish food to cook!
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07/25/2016 - Jewish Community Organization Moishe House Opens First House in Uruguay, Broadening Its Reach - JP Updates

Moishe House, an organization creating grassroots Jewish communities for college graduates in their 20s, opened its first house in Montevideo, Uruguay in June as part of efforts to broaden its reach.
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07/14/2016 - No place like home - St. Louis Jewish Light

St. Louis Moishe House is back in business. In June, nearly a year after residents of the former local Moishe House in Ladue moved out, four young Jewish professionals in their 20s took up residence in the new Moishe House in University City.
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06/24/2016 - Episode 19: Moishe House - David Cygielman - Judaism Unbound

David Cygielman, founder and CEO of Moishe House, joins Dan and Lex for the second episode in a four-episode series entitled "New Platforms for Jewish Life." Moishe House's mission is to provide vibrant Jewish community for young adults by supporting leaders in their 20s as they create meaningful home-based Jewish experiences for themselves and their peers.
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06/23/2016 - Engaging Jewish Young Adults - eJewish Philanthropy

I am not worried. I am almost certain I am not worried. In reading about sustainability and how we humans react to the term and relate to it pragmatically, I started to think about the Jewish community. To make a long story short, I’ll cut to the chase and focus on young adults, fashionably called “Millennials.”
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06/09/2016 - Fear of terrorism leads young Paris Jews to parlor games - The Times of Israel

When David Harroch moved from his native Morocco to France 12 years ago, he found a vibrant Jewish scene with a plethora of activities for young adults like himself.
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06/07/2016 - Fears of terrorism turn Moishe Houses into a lifeline for young Paris Jews - Jewish Telegraph Agency

PARIS (JTA) — When David Harroch moved from his native Morocco to France 12 years ago, he found a vibrant Jewish scene with a plethora of activities for young adults like himself.
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06/02/2016 - Monologues at Moishe House - the Jewish Exponent

On May 15, Moishe House Philadelphia, the largest organization serving Jewish young adults in their 20s and 30s, in partnership with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, hosted “It Happened to Us,” a Holocaust remembrance event that featured monologues of Holocaust survivor testimony.
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06/02/2016 - Four Lessons: How I Followed My Passion and Changed My World - The Jewish Education Project

When I started JewF.I.S.H. (Fun/free, Interactive/inspiring, Synergetic and Humanistic project), my own grassroots project of Jewish education, six years ago, I had plenty of doubts. I was afraid there would be no audience for it and no one would support the project. I wanted to make Jewish culture, knowledge, and texts accessible and engaging. Like many who start something, I felt uncertain. At the same time, I felt like if I didn’t fully commit, I’d miss a great opportunity. Thankfully, I did commit. Here are four lessons I learned from creating JewF.I.S.H.
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06/02/2016 - Russians in the house - The Australian Jewish News

AUSTRALIA will soon have its first-ever Russian-speaking Moishe House, which will play host to various events for young adults in a bid to unite the Russian-Jewish and mainstream Jewish communities in Melbourne.
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06/01/2016 - Moishe House | Tiffany Harris Engagement Interview - Jewish Rock Radio

Moishe House Washington D.C. _ Columbia Heights resident Tiffany Harris highlights her favorite parts of being associated with Moishe House and the importance of Jewish community in the nation's capitol.
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05/31/2016 - Creative Judaism: Being a Student and a Leader - The Jewish Education Project

I love learning — Jewish and otherwise. If I had a superpower, it would be infinite brain capacity to retain all knowledge. Yet, my passion for Jewish learning was nearly quashed by the rigid way it was taught in the United Kingdom’s Jewish education system. I didn't want to go to school and hear a teacher or Rabbi drone on about the laws I must follow or books I must read. There was only one way to engage with Jewish learning, or else as they say, “the highway.” As an adult, I found another way. I engage in Judaism because it’s dynamic and community led. It provides opportunities and tools for my peers to lead their own learning sessions.
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05/24/2016 - Connecting the Generations - The Jewish Week

An intergenerational program centered around electronic devices grew out of one intergenerational conversation during which only one electronic device was discussed. Epstein, who works and lives in Brookline, Mass., spending weekends on the Upper East Side, was sharing a meal here with her grandmother last year.
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05/09/2016 - 105 Detroit Moishe House ‘enriching a Jewish fabric’ - The Detroit News

As the skies darkened and streets quieted in a Detroit neighborhood on a recent Friday evening, a cozy brown brick home swelled with light and sound. The residents at the newly opened Moishe House in historic Indian Village had invited visitors to celebrate a Shabbat dinner to end the work week. Organizers hope to make the house a hub of Jewish life for post-college 20-somethings “who might not want to join local institutions the way previous generations have,” a leader said.
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05/04/2016 - Introducing: Jewish Summer Camp for Adults - eJewish Philanthropy

Shrug off the “shoulds” of your grown up life and come back to a place where what you do for a living doesn’t define who you are, or how you live. A place where you’re never on your own, where play is important and a mid-day nap might just be the best way to spend the afternoon.
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04/27/2016 - Jewish Texan of the Week – Brandon - Gather The Jews

This week I had the opportunity to interview Brandon! You may know Brandon as a resident of Moishe House Capitol Hill but I had the opportunity to learn much more about him.
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04/11/2016 - Our Healthy Obsession with Reaching the Unengaged - eJewish Philanthropy

Completely unengaged young adults make the best poster-children. I’m talking about those 20-somethings who never imagined themselves becoming active Jewish leaders until they participated in our program. When we find these unicorns, we make flyers, send emails, introduce them to donors and have them shout from their rooftops. But where do they really come from and how do we effectively reach them?
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03/29/2016 - Moishe House, Young Adults and Jewish Community - Oregon Jewish Life

A shifting band of young adults who have been not-so-quietly building grassroots Jewish life for themselves and their peers for nearly a decade will have space for a new face come May.
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03/29/2016 - Young Jews in Paris Get Hub for Jewish Life - UJA Federation of NY Blog

Life in Europe today presents stark challenges for the Jewish community. For young Jewish adults just starting out on their own, the hurdles can be daunting. But Moishe House, now expanded to two residences in Paris thanks to support from UJA-Federation of New York, offers a place for Jewish 20-somethings to find a lively community on their terms. A third Moishe House in France, also supported by UJA, is in the planning stages.
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03/28/2016 - Giving Sunday on March 27 - Atlanta Jewish Times

Inspired by the football phrase “any given Sunday,” Moishe House Atlanta-Toco Hills, Young Israel Young Professionals and Marcus Jewish Community Center Young Adults will hold a blood drive, a clothing collection drive and a bone marrow registration drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at Young Israel of Toco Hills, 2056 LaVista Road, to mark “Any Giving Sunday.”
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03/21/2016 - Why Purim should be the ultimate hipster Jewish holiday - Jewish Telegraph Agency

It’s one of the biggest conundrums facing the Jewish community: How do we get millennial Jews excited about being Jewish?
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03/04/2016 - Detroit City Moishe House - Detroit Jewish News

Detroit’s Indian Village neighborhood has had a Jewish presence going back to its earliest years. Noted lawyer and philanthropist Leo Butzel, who began a legal firm to represent Great Lakes shipping concerns, lived there. The legal firm he founded, now known as Butzel Long, exceeds 140 lawyers in its 160th year.
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02/09/2016 - Moishe House Boulder Holds Open House - Boulder Jewish News

The Boulder Moishe House, which opened right around Yom Kippur earlier this (Jewish) year, opened its doors last Wednesday for an evening of gratitude, excitement, and mezuzah hanging. Moishe House aims to build community among Jewish young adults with an in-house model, where residents plan 5+ events per month ranging from Shabbat dinners to casual happy hours around town
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02/04/2016 - Saving the fruits too ugly for the stores - The Jewish Chronicle - UK

Always worried about when we will next eat, as a race, we're not renowned for under catering. We're not alone: UK household food waste last year was more than 12 million tonnes - shamefully topping an EU table.
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01/14/2016 - Learning From Jewish European Community Builders: Reflections and Inspiration - eJewish Philanthropy

The narrative and harsh realities coming out of Europe are far too familiar. Anti-Semitism is prevalent and terrorism around the globe has cast a wide shadow. Yet even during these precarious times that have given many reasons to hide or leave, I have had the privilege of seeing young Jewish adults in Europe and beyond stand up proud, eager and excited to create Jewish community for their peers.
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01/13/2016 - You should know… Tiffany Harris - Washington Jewish Week

Morocco is a long way from Seattle, but Tiffany Harris is used to traveling far from her hometown, having visited 55 countries. The 29-year-old resident of Moishe House Columbia Heights served as a Peace Corps community health volunteer in a Berber village in the North African nation’s Anti-Atlas mountains from 2010 to 2012.
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01/04/2016 - Jewish hackathon set for Bodega Bay beach house; spaces still available - J-Weekly

Fifteen Jewish tech professionals plan to spend an upcoming three-day weekend trying to show that hacking can heal the world.
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