Seeding the future
Tu Bishvat is right around the corner, and our community of spiritual startups is busy planting the seeds of reinvigorated Jewish spirituality and connection in cities across the country.
Check out some of the highlights from this past month. Better yet––make a plant to visit some of these amazing communities in this new year to experience it for yourself!
Happy 2019 and Happy Tree Planting-
George & Diana
The Open Dor Project Team
THE WELL, DETROIT, MI
In December, a lucky group of 50 were able to score seats to Ta'im Detroit: our 10-course Israeli Shabbat dinner. Hosted in partnership with NEXTGen Detroit and One Table, Ta'im told the story of Israeli immigration and culture over time through creative and delicious dishes, all prepared by 8th-generation Jerusalemite chef, Aliza Grayevsky.
How To Turn $25k into $100k: Lessons From Cultivating Young Adult Donors
January 10, 2019 By eJP
By Daniel S. Horwitz
I’d like to make a $25,000 investment in your work this year. Now – how can we best leverage those dollars in order to raise additional ones for the organization? Read the Full Article
Follow The Well!
My Torah of Inclusion
December 27, 2018 By eJP
By Rabbi Ari Moffic
I was a few years into my rabbinate and was working to help make the Jewish world more welcoming to interfaith families. There were and are hurdles and barriers standing in the way of interfaith families joining congregations... Read Full Article
CoHere Learning About #tubishvat
Shabbat Here! 2019
Malkhut is part of JFREJ's important work as partners in creating a Hate Free Zone in Queens. There is a place for everyone in building and defending our communities. Join Hate-Free Zone Queens for this interactive workshop for allies. Learn more about the impact of Amazon’s planned Queens headquarters, and take action to love and protect our communities.
Watch our Levites (volunteer singers) rehearsing Adon Olam for this week's Shabbat service.
Coming up: Erev Shabbat: Friday Jan. 18th at 6:30 PM in Astoria. Our monthly Shabbat service is full of ecstatic singing and rich silence.After praying and learning together, we'll gather for Kiddush and Motzi (blessings over grape stuff and bread), and a homecooked vegetarian meal..
A little over a year ago, Sara and I set out to build a warm, open, spirited Jewish community in Brooklyn that could serve as a model for a revitalization and re-relevance-ing of Jewish life in America. What we saw together is that a spiritual reawakening in our community was deeply necessary for our community’s continued thriving, for the spiritual and mental health of our friends and family, and for Jews to contribute their full souls to the desperately needed moral (r)evolution in America.
With Sara as our Rabbi and me as the cook, we would move into a new home in a new neighborhood and build a home base for seekers and those trying to go deeper with their Judaism and to inspire and rejuvenate those who are building a better world.
A few intrepid beloved people and donors helped start us off - and now with a hundred programs, 1500 people having come through our doors, and a core leadership team stoking the communal fire that is beloved - we are looking forward to a year of deepening with our community. We sing, we meditate, we show up for each, we learn, we love, we eat, and we grow together.
I didn't want to say goodbye to the book of Genesis...
2018 to 2019: Another Chance for T'shuvah
As we move through the Gregorian Calendar year, we have another opportunity to Return:
Return to our most authentic selves Reach out to those we love Find ourselves transformed by community.
Coming up: Open Temple Jew Truck brings Truth, Love and Creativity back to Abbot Kinney’s First Fridays.
Grab a bite. Make crafts. Stay for High Voltage.
@electriclodge on Friday, February 1st
Family Spirituality Shabbat Friday, February 2nd 10:00 am
Exodus. Pharaoh. The Splitting of the Red Sea. Stock Photos from the Ancient World. Through the Mystery of Torah.
Reclaim the Mystery of Torah:
a Family Shabbat Event
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JEWISH STUDIO PROJECT
The Covenant Foundation Ignition Grant
Congratulation to the Jewish Studio Project on being a recipient of a new The Covenant Foundation Ignition grant! This grant will help launch their pilot Creative Facilitator Training this summer!
Applications are now open!
April 7th-11th, 2019
"MIN HAMEITZAR -מן המצר- FROM THE NARROW STRAITS"
A DEEP-DIVE INTO JEWISH INQUIRY AND CREATIVE PROCESS ACROSS FIVE DAYS. AN INTERGENERATIONAL COHORT OF COMMITTED QUESTIONERS AND EXPLORERS. A VIBRANT CREATIVE STUDIO IN BERKELEY, CA.
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Two more great pieces we know you'll enjoy! Mentorship and Transformation
Where Are All the Mentors? From Being Seen to Seeing
January 9, 2019 By eJP
By Rabbi Andy Kastner
Coaching is Not Mentorship The relationship between a mentor and coach is distinct and deserves a few words. The role of the coach has developed significantly in our professional culture and marketplace in recent years. Read Full Article
Ariel Burger: Judaism Unbound Episode 152 - Elie Wiesel's Classroom
Burger provides an overview of Elie Wiesel’s life and accomplishments.
He asks an important framing question —
“How does a teacher create a space for transformation?”
— and considers some of the answers embodied by Wiesel’s classroom.