Staff Update

Welcome to your Staff Update!

Today is: Thursday, May 23, 2019

Here’s what’s happening in the Moisheverse…

Meet a Moishe:
Josh Moritz

Hometown: Manchester, UK
Favorite Food: Pizza - I am still a child
Last Vacation: Southern Spain - Grenada and Valenica

What are you working on this week?
In case you didn't know, I work 3 days a week (Tues, Thurs and Fri) with the rest of my time continuing training and practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist. On Tuesday, I drafted an application for a potential funder based in Melbourne towards MH Melbourne and a Jewish Learning Retreat in the region! This was based off a recent meeting David had while down under, coordinated by one of our International Council members! I'm also doing some work looking at our Jewish educational evaluation strategy, and looking to draft a proposal to one of our partners around how we can effectively evaluate our European Jewish Education programme!


Two Truths & A Lie

I once featured on a podcast talking about a criminal offence I was investigated for
I have climbed to the summit of Kilimanjaro
I play the accordion.

Team Updates


Lease week! Leases signed in Philly, San Diego - PB, LA Beverly Hills

Gaby was in Alabama at JELI a really awesome professional development opportunity exploring Judaism in small communities in the South.

Michele and Kaila are joining as campers at Camp Nai Nai Nai!

We’ve posted a new position, Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager, based in Washington, DC. Please spread the word throughout your networks!


The Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation has pledged $25K to support MH in Detroit. The Fisher family supported our Detroit Day initiative at $5K in 2018 and this is their first support for our Moishe Houses in Detroit.

Dave Press hosted a conference call & virtual presentation with the trustees of the Hyman & Jimenez Fund. Moishe House Philadelphia alumnus, Cody Greenes, joined him for the call to share his personal Jewish journey and the impact that Moishe House had on him, which includes introducing him to his wife. Later in the week, Hyman & Jimenez Fund awarded a grant of $3,500 to support Moishe House Philadelphia in 2019 - a $1,500 increase over their previous support.

Irving Bienstock has made a gift of $1,000 toward the Campaign for the Carolinas for 2019. This is an increase over his first-time support from 2018, and is his first gift of $1,000+

Larry was in Denver and Boulder this week meeting with current and potential supporters, and attending the Mizel Institute Dinner with Kaila, Ben Lusher and the Merage Foundations.


Happy Workiversary to:
Anna Kernus: 4 Years!
Gaby Adler: 2 Years!

Odds & Ends

The All-Staff Retreat core team (Anna K, Danielle, Jonah, Roey, & Ziva) is hard at work, helping with travel arrangements, gathering content ideas, and drafting the schedule!

The C-Suite plus Ben Lusher and Jim Heeger are prepping for the Strategic Planning meeting, June 3rd & 4th, in the Berkshires. Topics include Strategic Staffing, Moishe House Culture, Budget through 2022, Diversity, and Gen Z!

Ideas on what you’d like to see on the next staff update? Contact Ann!