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September 24th, 2013

This article first appeared in the Jerusalem Post.

Many years ago, I was asked what I hoped to achieve through the foundation I had started with my late husband, Charles. I responded with a phrase that still describes our work: spreading the joy of Jewish living, giving and learning.

Our foundation has spent a great deal of time on the “living” and “learning” aspects of our vision. We have invested in creating and supporting opportunities to strengthen the identities and leadership capacities of young Jews to ensure they take ownership for perpetuating vibrant Jewish life.

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September 23rd, 2013

Martin Storrow is the Director of Leadership Development and Alumni Relations at Moishe House. Moishe House trains, supports and sponsors young Jewish leaders as they create vibrant home-based communities for themselves and their peers. Moishe House Ignite, a new leadership initiative combining weekend summits, virtual learning and a fellowship for Jewish adults in their twenties, launches this fall. 

1. What inspires you to get out of bed every day? 

The opportunity to be creative. I love the idea that something we do, make or say today could potentially outlive us. I think we often forget the inevitable ripple effect we can have on the world, and many mornings I hop out of bed like I’m jumping into a lake, ready to make a splash.

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September 23rd, 2013

Martin Storrow is the Director of Leadership Development and Alumni Relations at Moishe House. Moishe House trains, supports and sponsors young Jewish leaders as they create vibrant home-based communities for themselves and their peers. Moishe House Ignite, a new leadership initiative combining weekend summits, virtual learning and a fellowship for Jewish adults in their twenties, launches this fall. 

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September 18th, 2013

Sarah Kornhauser is the Director of Hazon in Denver, Colorado and an ROI Community member. Along with the rest of the Denver Hazon staff, she focuses on capacity building, network weaving and supporting individuals and organizations with big ideas around the intersection of food, the environment and Jewish tradition. Sarah operates on the strong belief that being Jewish can be a vibrant lens through which to view and transform the world.

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September 9th, 2013

Joel Stanley is Director of International Programming for Moishe House, was a founding resident of Moishe House London and is helping organize this year’s Grassroots Jews: Independent Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services in London.

1. What inspires you to get out of bed every day?

A lot of what I do is about creating community experiences that give people a feeling of connection to each other and encouraging them to find creativity and joy.

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September 9th, 2013

Joel Stanley is Director of International Programming for Moishe House, a founding resident of Moishe House London and a key organizer for this year’s Grassroots Jews: Independent Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services in London.

Each day this Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, in an unremarkable suburb of northwest London, 250 young Jews will gather among friends, family and wider community to celebrate the High Holidays together for the fifth year running. Many things make this particular gathering special, but perhaps the most obvious is that it takes place not in a synagogue but a house.

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August 29th, 2013

Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz, an ROI community member, directs Kol HaOt, a venture dedicated to conveying Jewish ideas, texts and values through the arts. Through her work in Jerusalem, Elyssa creates worlds of Jewish meaning and beauty by using all forms of media and creates interactive, participatory events and programs of Jewish content for institutions and families.

In a few days we’ll celebrate Rosh HaShanah, one of my favorite holidays. It usually falls just as my kids have gone back to school and we’re all gearing up for a new year. It is a time of renewal and of family – always filled with good food, festive traditions and wishes, hopes and prayers for the future.

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August 13th, 2013

Samuel Cohen is the Engagement Associate at the Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University. He recently attended this year’s Hillel Institute that convenes Hillel professionals and college students from around the world. The conference is supplemented with a variety of trainings, including New Professionals Institute, New Directors Institute and a student training component. 

Imagine a week-long conference for 400 people whose full-time profession is to meet new people each day, listen to their life stories and share their own love of Judaism. This is the Hillel Institute: an exuberant annual gathering for Hillel staff members to celebrate, share and rejuvenate their work. The result of this conglomeration of professionally jovial personalities is a truly unique conference. Read More »

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August 12th, 2013

Morlie Levin is the CEO of NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation. NEXT connects Birthright Israel trip alumni and their peers with meaningful Jewish living and learning opportunities nationally, locally and in Israel and also works to create a Jewish community that is ready to receive alumni, who possess diverse needs, interests and inclinations.

What does it mean to actually engage young Jewish adults? When you get past the many conversations about this concept, what do the “nuts and bolts” look like?

We believe it starts with connecting—to each other, to Jewish opportunities and to communities. NEXT’s 2013 High Holidays Initiative empowers young Jewish adults to connect in all of these ways.

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August 7th, 2013

Adam Maslia currently serves as the Howard M. Lorber Director of Jewish and Philanthropy Programming for Alpha Epsilon Pi. In the coming year, Adam hopes to guide the department in completing the current Official Philanthropy Project, increasing initiative participation, hosting regional civic engagement conferences and implementing the First Annual B’nai B’rith Day of Service. Aaron Baskin is the Director of Civic Engagement working to help promote political activism across AEPi.  Aaron is looking forward to a great year traveling across the country promoting AEPi and encouraging all the chapters to increase their civic engagement.

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