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October 14, 2009

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October 14, 2009

I currently live in MHSF and I love being a part of this organization! We recieve support from the larger organization, but also are free to plan events that are catered to our unique community here in SF. I love living in a house with great roommates who are active within the Jewish community, and it's been amazing to not only participate in a Jewish community but also to help create it. We put on about 8 events a month for young Bay Area Jews, and have a great mix of social, sports, arts, and 'mildly' religious events. Moishe House always has our back by being the organizational and fundraising nexus for the larger community of houses internationally.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the events we host packed with young Jews, having fun at our house!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The community of active, engaged, and really inspiring peers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 10, 2009

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October 10, 2009

I co-founded the Moishe House - Buenos Aires in 2006 and lived in the house for about a year and a half. The project enabled me to play an active role in the Jewish community of Buenos Aires and empowered me be a leader in my community. I had SO much fun as a Moishe House resident being given the flexibility and trust to run our programs the way we wanted to and create the environment that we desired. I had an incredible amount of pride in my Moishe House, not because I was told to, but because I truly felt that the project was "mine". The feedback that we received from the community members was extremely positive and I felt a huge sense of accomplishment for the work that we were doing. Even though I moved out of the Moishe House a year ago, I still feel part of the Moishe Family, and I know that I will be welcome into any Moishe House with the same amount of hospitality and warmth that I showed to my guests.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

becoming an active member of a community. It gave me the tools, resources, and most importantly the trust to use my skills and my interests to create a space where all feel welcome.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

feeling as though I am part of a worldwide family of Moishes!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all incredibly warm, welcoming, appreciative people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create a giant, worldwide network of community-builders, where all of those involved felt as though they were part of a family, and that they had a home in every city around the world

Ways to make it better...

there was more money to do more/bigger events! also, if there was more interaction between the respective Moishe Houses

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

being able to grow, while still keeping the small, intimate feel between the houses and the staff

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 9, 2009

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October 9, 2009

I lived in a Moishe House and helped coordinate our programming for three years. We did tremendous work together locally, and the national organization provided us with dependable financial support. The national organization also demonstrated that it is a learning organization, as the quality of non-financial support increased over the years.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The community-building work we did together, the Shabbatot, arts, and social justice work. Incredibly strong growth over 3+ years.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Figure out how to help the local houses learn from each other in a more structured way. I would also provide more guidance to new houses/housemates about the values orientation of the organization.

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Ways to make it better...

There was a better way to separate work and home life when living in Moishe House. It's very difficult.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

As a current resident of a Moishe House in Washington, DC, I have firsthand experience with the innovative nature of the program. I've lived in the house for 2 years now, and in my 2 years I've seen our house provide a safe, fun and comfortable place for young DC Jews. Our house puts on a wide variety of events, from Shabbat dinners to poetry readings to pick up basketball. And the Moishe foundation gives each house (there are more than 25) the autonomy to chart their own course – to build events and activities around the unique needs of their community – and they provide the support that we need to get it done effectively. This means that each house looks quite different and each house grows and develops organically, driven by the community in which it is located. The Moishe Foundation’s model is truly a unique one, developing leaders and building community for a demographic (post college) that often feels lost or like they don’t have a place to call their own, particularly when it comes to religious identity. I’m grateful to be a part of the Moishe Foundation, and I look forward to seeing its continued growth and impact.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very caring and genuinely committed to the organization's mission and the house residents.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

Moishe House is an incredible organization, and as a resident I was able to experience the value that the organization brings to our communities. Moishe House gives young Jewish adults an outlet after college to meet and exchange with other Jews, and helps them find a Jewish community during a very transitional stage. Whether we hosted a happy hour or a Tu'Bshvat Seder, I know that people walked away from our events with a sense of comfort and connection to the other community members present.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open houses all over the world, and focus on those communities in which there are not many opportunities available to build and exchange with the Jewish community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

What a pleasure it has been to be affiliated with such a dynamic foundation as the Moishe House. For many years now, I have watched as this group of inspired and dedicated Jewish leaders has taken the organization from a modest composite of Jewish houses across America, into the transnational synergistic Jewish powerhouse it is today. In my extensive travels, I have consistently found that someone always knows a friend living in one their 24 Moishe Houses unique locations across the globe. I myself formed and organized a house in Vienna Austria, and the foundation was extremely helpful in assisting us with finances, advice, and maintenance. The staff are all well trained, friendly, and certainly do not lack vision. In my opinion, they have truly positioned themselves at the cusp of twenty first century globalization, as the values of local empowerment, global diversity, and community change are advanced through an increasingly integrated network of communications infrastructure. Through their global network, they host and support suck a diverse blend of Jewish identities. This is true to the Jewish people’s long standing tradition as nation charged with the dispersion of ideas, innovation, and exchange. Kudos to the Moishe House, and may they continue to expand their vision across the world!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Forming a successful community institution out of thin air (Vienna). I have worked with many people on their staff, via conference calls/in person meetings, etc. The organization is very well run and smooth, with extremely kind and capable people.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Again, try to develop the social capital between the network. Vienna should be working more with the talent in London, etc. The more intensive development, the great the returns.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their vision. The moishe house is a unique idea in the Jewish world. It has the power to reap great synergistic effects, especially if they can get more money for retreats and more network integration.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, kind, relateable, male and female, now my friends after working with them

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand their vision of building grassroots Jewish community both extensively though new houses across the world, as well as intensively through strengthening the social capital between houses and providing leadership opportunities to house leaders

Ways to make it better...

Moishe House had more finances to support houses in doing creative projects/large events/ travel expenses for meeting other regional houses.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Bringing all house residents to a state of stronger group affiliation and identity. Again, this is accomplished only through retreats/convergences/etc, which require extensive funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Moishe house really is cutting edge. I have seen its success first hand, and this organization can really be a platform to connecting talented Jews across the world, leading to other great initiatives

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

Being Jewish and in your mid- 20's can be challenging. It's often that time of so- called "in-betweennes." Many of us are out of college and working, but not yet married, not yet part of a synagogue, and still trying to establish the career. This is where Moishe House has stepped in and impacted the Jewish community and world: by meeting the interests and visions of young Jewish adults in their twenties, around the world, who are searching for and to build community. The beauty of Moishe House is that this organization gives the power to its residents and their communities of young Jewish adults to engage and grow the type community they envision and want to be a part of. Being a resident, I have the freedom to plan the types of community- building programs I am interested in and that I feel will best engage old friends and allow me to meet new ones whether its through surfing, a Shabbat hike, a sports night, or just a relaxing Shabbat dinner. Moishe House has filled that vacuum of "in- betweenness" that young Jewish adults in their twenties often feel. Not only do I have a sense of community now, but new friends, old friends, new networks, and old networks alike have a gathering place to organically build and participate in community based off our passions and interests.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

supportive, inspirational, and visionary. The Moishe House staff has helped us develop our interests, visions, and passions into a vibrant Jewish community in Orange County.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

After being in St. Louis for a year out of college, without having found a a good way to connect with Jewish young adults, I was tipped off to Moishe House. The model is one of the most cost effective and impactful that exists. By letting young adults create the programming that they find attractive, it ensures that other young adults will show more interest. After speaking with the leadership, we were up and running in a week. What started with Shabbat dinners of 10 people quickly grew to more than 20 a week. We actually had to move out of our apartment into a house to accommodate more people. Outside of getting to meet other Jewish young adults in St. Louis and start to create community, Moishe House connected me with residents at other houses around the country and plugged me into a number of national leadership initiatives. Moishe House gets that any Jewish young adult movement needs to be peer driven at every level.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Moishe House stays away from denomenational affiliation, institutional politics, and kiruv-like agendas. It lowers the bar to entry and let's us create our own community without having to ask permission from the gate-keepers.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have some way to ensure that people are doing what they have committed to in terms of programming. It is exceedingly difficult to manage a geographically distributed nextwork.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have met so many fantastic people through my Moishe House tenure, both in terms of the individuals I met in St. Louis who came to dinners, other Moishe House-niks, as well as Jewish leaders from other organizations around the country.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Energetic, bright, didn't take themselves too seriously, fun, outgoing, open to new ideas, and laid back.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make sure that every city in with Jewish young adults wanted to form a community, they would be able to.

Ways to make it better...

Some of the policies had been clearly spelled out earlier on. As a nascent organization, however, this is not surprising, and the process for working through these issues was generally fair and transparent

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

How to find the sources of capital to become totally sustainable. How to ensure that all who want to be a part of the events have the opportunity when things are potentially restricted by space or social network

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

I have attended events hosted by a number of organizations whose mission statements can be generally summarized as "bringing Jews in their 20's together," and none of them compare to Moishe House. Moishe House has perfectly captured the unique idea of providing a consistent venue in the form of an actual home where members of the community can participate in events. A casual atmosphere coupled with a diverse range of events creates a constant flow of newcomers and an opportunity to meet new friends. Each month I witness people meeting each other for the first time, exchanging phone numbers, and becoming friends. For example, last month approximately 25 people came to the monthly Shabbat dinner hosted at our home. A number of people came alone but within 20 minutes of arriving were engaged in conversations and eventually they all went out afterwards for a drink. At an event later in the month a couple girls who had met new friends thanked us for hosting such an event and for creating an environment to meet new people. Meeting new people and maintaining existing friendships in the context of enjoying fun events, ranging from trivia night to Shabbat dinners, is exactly the goal of Moishe House. The wonderful part about Moishe House is that the stated mission of "creating a Jewish community for those in their 20's" is actually happening. People are hearing about Moishe House, and the word is spreading. The organization is standing on a firm ground and will only continue to thrive. With thirty houses all over the world and counting, I believe Moishe House will soon become the preeminent international organization for creating Jewish community for those in their 20's, not to mention the generation of house residents growing into and becoming Jewish leaders. I'm extremely proud to be a Moishe House resident. I've donated to the house myself, I recognize the importance and value of this amazing product, and I hope to fund a house myself one day.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting new people and being part of an organization growing into a success. I can't tell you the number of times a Moishe House San Francisco event has made me think, "this is exactly what this organization is meant for."

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Always friendly, kind, and welcoming.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue to sustain and grow tremendously throughout the world, and the organization donating the money could know that they were responsible for the creation of new friendships, communities, and lasting relationships.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

I have been involved with the Moishe House now for about 6 months. What an amazing opportunity it has been! My roommates and I live in a house in Laguna Beach and the Moishe House organization helps us by subsidizing a portion of our rent and giving us a programming budget to host 8 events each month. Our goal in hosting the events is to build Jewish community for young professionals in their 20’s. Well, I know my roommates and I were excited to grow the Jewish community, but we’ve had an incredible turnout of people showing up to all kinds of events. Being in your 20’s is tough because most people aren’t in college anymore but they aren’t married yet either. Bringing all these fantastic people together has helped them discover their Jewish identities, and just make friends here in their community. I had a non- Jewish friend visit the house and attend one of our religious events a few weeks ago. He was so moved by the way our teachings led us to look inside ourselves to become better human beings, and hasn’t stopped talking about it since. I’ve had friends visit who were never involved as Jews and are now extremely excited to be Jewish and help to continue growing the community. But we’re not just here for ourselves. He have hosted events to help a homeless shelter, cancer societies, and next month, we will be doing a blood drive. People come here to make an impact, learn how to surf, learn about wine, learn about Judaism, or just make some new and close friends.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping build Jewish community here in Orange County. I have loved watching my peers interact and get meet other Jews here. It is such a pleasure for me to watch people connect with each other on a deep level.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The organization is great. At this point, I wish that we cound do better outreach to people in Orange County to get even more people to our events.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It’s been wonderful to receive a programming budget that allows us to host a variety of different events we believe will benefit the community best. It's up to us to design the programs around our friends' best interests.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff members for Moishe house have been extremely helpful and encouraging. Because of the grass roots nature of our organization, they trust us to hold whatever events we feel will benefit our community most.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open up a Moishe House in every city in the world. You could then travel anywhere as a young Jew and always have a place to go to meet other Jews and place to learn and connect.

Ways to make it better...

I was able to quit my day job and spend 40+ hours a week on Moishe House. I love this organization so much and it is challenging for me to balance this with my professional life.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Moishe House is new so not many people know about it yet. We need to do more outreach and PR and be able to open more houses to fullfil the demand that is out there

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is such a unique organization because it doesnt place a staff person here in Orange County to start programming events. We are already community members here and we create our own events, and invite our friends. It's more organic this way.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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