When this 22-year-old University student in Amsterdam text cash submitted her video application to Moishe House, she expressed that she wanted to open a new Moishe House in her local community to contribute to the local Jewish community and create a new space and home for people to feel connected and welcome to practice Judaism. Fortunately, due to the creation of the Global Community Fund (supported with matching funds from the Sabrina Merage Foundation), Moishe House was able to say “yes” to her, and plans are currently under way to launch an Amsterdam House.
Once launched, it will join a growing network of more than 76 Moishe Houses from around the world.
In a note to the Sabrina Merage Foundation, David Cygielman, Founder and CEO of Moishe House said, “It made me smile today thinking about being able to say yes when we get applications like this. We used to say no … thank you for changing our approach through the creation of the Global Community Fund.”
Last year, Moishe House was able to accommodate three outstanding groups of young leaders in Europe and South Africa, opening locations in Cape Town, Paris, and Prague due to the resources made available with the Global Community Fund. Since opening, these three hubs of Jewish life and their residents have already held 87 programs, engaging 1,339 young Jews. As Moishe House works to increase the initial global fund of $100,000 to more than $200,000 in 2015, along with other donations from local supporters, the organization plans to open four new houses abroad.
To find out more about Moishe House and its residents, visit www.moishehouse.org.
ABOUT MOISHE colonial loans
Moishe House, a pluralistic international organization, provides meaningful Jewish experiences to young adults in their 20s. Our innovative model trains, supports and sponsors young Jewish leaders as they create vibrant home-based communities for themselves and their peers. We place resources directly in the hands of passionate and energized 20-somethings across the globe, to connect their peers to Jewish community on their terms.
Founded in 2006, Moishe House was born out of the innovative notion that young Jewish involvement should be driven from the ground up. What originally began as four friends hosting a Shabbat dinner for their peers in Oakland, CA has now grown into the largest organization of its kind, with 76 houses in 17 countries. Moishe House’s rapid and successful growth is due to the 20-something leaders who are reinventing young adult Jewish engagement through more than 5,700 unique programs and 95,000 in total attendance annually.