Usually when I tell people where I work, they give me a blank stare, the “Musha Kaved House”?
It can be hard to explain Moishe Kavod House, where I live and work. Usually I say Moishe Kavod House is a welcoming and vibrant Jewish community for people in their 20s and 30s dedicated to tikkun olam, the repair of the world. By integrating arts, study, Jewish spiritual practice, and social justice work, we strive to create a Jewish community that is personally meaningful and deeply engaged with the world. With a formal membership of 110, we engage a community of about 600 young adults living throughout the Boston area, coordinated by four resident organizers who live in the house in exchange for serving the community.
Sometimes, I think it’s easiest to explain Moishe Kavod House by naming our goals:
- Create an inclusive community of young Jews and activists through Shabbat dinners, social action, Jewish learning, and the arts.
- Make an impact on critical social justice issues through work within and beyond the Jewish community.
- Train and develop young Jewish leaders to build community, organize social action work, and run Jewish programming.
In the end, though, the best way to explain Moishe/Kavod House is is to invite people to come see what we do. On this feedback, the young Jewish activists, artists, learners and community builders at Moishe/Kavod want to invite all of our community allies and friends to join us for Shabbat services and dinner on Friday May 6th. Just as most of our Shabbat services and dinners have a theme or an outside speaker who speaks about a certain social justice issue each week, May 6th’s Shabbat will be sponsored by our Arts Team, who will be presenting a home-made patchwork quilt representing all the projects our community works on, and the opportunity to participate in theater games after services. At services you’ll find people sitting on the couch or on cushions, men and women leading together, passionate singing, and an eclectic mix of observance levels, coming together to form a service full of creativity and ruach.
This invitation is open to everyone, not just young adults, so we hope you will join us. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share in our potluck, it does not need to be made in a Kosher kitchen though we can meet heksher kosher standards for those who need it. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 6th. Services begin at 6:30pm. Potluck Vegetarian Dinner at 8pm, please bring something to share.
Moishe/Kavod House, 165 Wintrhop Road, Apt B. Brookline, MA 02445. On the C line, on street parking available.
along with the Moishe/Kavod Jewish Social Justice House Board: