Jewish young adults are seeking a Judaism that is relevant to their lives today. 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.
Based on demand from Jewish young adults around the world, Moishe House is the leader in creating meaningful Jewish experiences for young adults in their 20s, now providing 10,000+ programs annually, engaging 60,000+ unique young adults (with 160,000+ in total attendance). Moishe House places a strong emphasis on breadth and frequency and is working to create systemic change through a three-pronged approach that includes:
• Moishe Houses – The flagship model, now with 108 different locations, each led by a group of 3-5 young adults (residents) who lead ongoing, home-based programming for their peers 1-2 times each week;
• Moishe House Without Walls (MHWOW) – The geographically limitless engagement mechanism that allows alumni of MH and other partner experiences to build community for their peers;
• Immersive Jewish Learning Retreats and Jewish education – 90+ weekend-long Retreats annually, including many that are Peer-Led Retreats, that train young adults on specific Jewish holidays, rituals and practices to use through existing Moishe House structures back home.
Moishe House empowers the next generation of Jewish leaders through a comprehensive model that strives to influence young adults’ current and future Jewish homes. Further, Moishe House has identified the key ingredients responsible for its past impact and utilizes the following essential components to maximize impact: Peer-to-peer engagement; well-defined age range; frequency of attendance; depth of content and variety Jewish programming; and vetted/trained leaders. A 2015 external evaluation found that 60% of all Moishe House participants attend programming at least once a month. The frequency of programming, and the nature of Moishe House's peer-led and home-based model set it apart, while also paving a path for partnerships and collaborations, helping increase cross-pollination/involvement in the Jewish community. As Moishe House continues to grow, the organization pilots new initiatives to meet the interests and needs of the young adults participating (and those not yet engaged). Through an ambitious new three-year growth plan, MH aims to impact 85,000 unique young adults annually by the end of 2020, growing each of its key initiatives.