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Be part of the new Moishe House in Capitol Hill!

Moishe-Logo-HorizonMiddleMoishe House is seeking a group of 3–5 dynamic young professionals and/or graduate students between the ages of 22–30 to live together and create their ideal Jewish community in Capitol Hill!

The Moishe House Capitol HIll residents will host 5–6 diverse programs each month and create a welcoming space for a greater young adult network in Capitol Hill.  Program examples include Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations, book clubs, arts outings, movie nights and much more.  The residents will ultimately choose the location of Moishe House Capitol HIll, in a central location, close to hot spots for young adults.  Qualified residents may come from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds and all should be passionate about creating a unique Jewish community in return for a rent subsidy, programming budget, educational resources, and training.

We encourage groups of potential residents to apply together.  For more details about Moishe House Capitol Hill, please contact: Rebecca Bar, Senior Regional Director, at rebecca@moishehouse.org

Moishe house is an international organization with 60 houses in 13 countries around the world.  Our innovative peer-to-peer, home-based model successfully engaged more than 79,600 participants in 2013 alone.  We are thrilled to bring Moishe House to Capitol Hill and want you to be a part of this exciting growth!  You can find out more about Moishe House and our role in supporting Jewish community for young adults at www.moishehouse.org.

Moishe House featured in The Economist

Like Moishe House?  Like British accents?  Like The Economist?  If you answered “YES” to at least two of the three of these, then you should check out this video report on Moishe House from The Economist.

The brief video explains how Moishe House has grown rapidly since its genesis in Oakland, California in 2006.  Moishe House brings together Jews of different religious stripes, challenging denominational notions and simply encouraging young adults to connect with Judaism in whatever manner feels comfortable to them.

Although the Washington, DC area is home to two Moishe Houses (Adams Morgan and Montgomery County), the British-based Economist perhaps understandably ignored the awesomness of the houses run by our peers and intead focused on the Moishe House in London.

This video is part of a larger series that The Economist is for some reason running on Judaism and Jews.  Here are some of the articles/reports they’ve recently run:

Be sure to look for Moishe House (DC and MoCo) events on our new calendar!

 

 

Jewish Guy of the Week – Eli

How long have you been in DC?
I’ve lived in DC for three years. I moved here from Israel, where I was on a fellowship at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I’m a Chicago native — West Rogers Park represent.

Why did you move here and why are you moving to Texas?
I moved here to work for the American Jewish Committee, where I most recently served as Assistant Legislative Director — the organization’s lobbyist responsible for foreign affairs issues. I’m moving to Texas next week to begin my next adventure, as AIPAC’s Area Director for Houston, Austin, South Texas, and Louisiana.

Will you miss DC?
I will miss DC tremendously. This is a phenomenal city, especially if you venture outside of the confines of Dupont and check out the myriad of fascinating people, places, foods, and other gems around town.

I’ll miss the energy of the Sunday drum circle at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park. I’ll miss exhausting, fulfilling days on Capitol Hill. I’ll miss the many people with whom I’ve built relationships over the past three years — I’m humbled to have worked with and learned from undoubtedly some of the most passionate, intelligent and eloquent individuals in the country.

 

Where do you currently live, and who is your favorite roommate?
I’ve lived at Moishe House DC for the past thirty-four months, working to build an eclectic, vibrant Jewish community based in Adams Morgan. And in that time, I’ve shared the house with 13 people, so it’s hard to choose — everyone with whom I lived brought something special and unique to the house. I suppose the safest answer is Potus, our 2-year old Husky mix. Appetite-wise, I’d say my favorites were Emi and MP, the Japanese electropop duo who fled Japan after the earthquake and stayed with us for a few months.  They are incredible chefs.

What has been your favorite thing about being Jewish in DC?
I’ve been inordinately fortunate to be part of the Moishe House movement – an organization that grants unparalleled resources and autonomy to the residents of its nearly 40 houses around the world allowing them to build welcoming Jewish communities as they see fit. Along with my housemates, I’ve been proud to offer creative and unique programming — whether slam poetry, home beer brewing, art gallery openings, text study about ethical kashrut, outdoor havdallahs, movie screenings about the punk rock community in Israel, Kenyan and Haitian Shabbat dinners, basil gardening, and more — that, for the most part, wasn’t being offered elsewhere, and for many young Jews in the area who, for a variety of reasons didn’t participate in “mainstream” Jewish offerings.

 

What does being Jewish mean to you?
Being Jewish to me has always meant, to paraphrase Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “praying with your feet.” I owe it to my parents — my mother, a social worker who helps children with autism, and my father, a ketubah artist — who immersed me in an environment rich in Judaism, community volunteerism, and a commitment to social, economic, and racial justice. I began my involvement with the Labor Zionist movement Habonim Dror at age 11, and began to lead Jewish and advocacy groups in high school, during which I travelled twice to Eastern Europe to trace my roots — and bear witness to the death camps and mass graves where my family was exterminated. I made a commitment then to devote myself to combating injustice and to work to safeguard Israel and the Jewish people.

Where will we find you during your last Shabbat in DC?
At my farewell party, from 10pm-3am this Friday, September 23rd , featuring one of DC’s most talented DJs – Danny Harris of Fatback DC and People’s District . All of you GTJ enthusiasts should stop by.

If you could live with any six Jews, who would they be?
While I don’t necessarily endorse their political or personal inclinations, I think it would be interesting to live with Theodor Herzl, Abbie Hoffman, Ernestine Rose, Arthur Szyk, Abba Eban, Ari Gold, and, to teach me how to be a true “Texas Jewboy”, Kinky Friedman. That would be a hell of a Moishe House.