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Jewish International Connection New York Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness

Mission: Jewish International Connection In December 2000 we had our first Shabbat dinner for Australians and South Africans living in the New York. From this event our community has grown to over 5,000 people over the past six years. With an emphasis on high-quality programming and wide scale affiliation, JICNY is a United Nations of sorts, with people from all over the world gathering on a regular basis for social, cultural and religious events. Our programs include a highly successful weekly Torah class, led by Steve Eisenberg, on the Upper West Side, followed by a unique second class, held in multiple languages which typically include English, Spanish, French and Russian. Other events include lectures, tours of the Lower East Side, picnics, Shabattons and retreats. We host a film club that raises money each month for a different charity. We also plan an annual learning mission to Israel that has enjoyed great success. Our monthly Shabbat dinners feature guest speakers from around the world. We have less formal Shabbat meals and social events throughout the month, as well. Founder, Steve Eisenberg sets hundreds of young professionals up with welcoming places to have the Shabbat meal every year. Over the years founders, Gavin and Jodi Samuels have had over 6000 people attend meals in their home. We recognize the interest and value of the Jewish international community in New York through all of our successes and for this reason we have created the JICNY Networking Group in order to expand on what we have previously been able to offer in the way of networking. Living in a foreign country that is so diverse and independent, it is comforting to know that there is a place you can go where you will always be welcome; you will be able to explore your heritage and spirituality; and you will be supported by the community that surrounds you. Jewish International Connection of New York fosters Jewish continuity by acclimating and enhancing the Jewish experience for International and American Jews in their 20s and 30s in a multi-faceted and growing community. This is achieved through 4 main categories of activities: * Jewish identity and experience * Professional and social networking * Couples and parenting programs * Israel programs Programs and Events * Networking parties * Social events * Shabattons * Picnics * Retreats * NYC Tours * Israel trips Jewish Education * Torah Classes (lessons in Spanish, French & Russian) * Couples Classes * Jewish cooking classes

Programs: Educational programs, meals & networking

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The mere fact that the founders of the JIC--Gavin and Jodi Samuels and Steve Eisenberg--set out to create such an organization while holding down full-time jobs and leading an observant lifestyle is inspirational in and of itself. I have attended many of Steve Eisenberg's Torah lectures and have found them to be quite moving and entertaining, and Mr. Eisenberg, especially given his layman's perspective, made the lectures uniquely relevant to us. Similarly to what I said above, just the fact that Mr. Eisenberg regularly devotes the time after a tiring, sometimes unpleasant day of work to teach and inspire fellow Jews is very moving in and of itself. I have also enjoyed many "Torah in the Park" lectures given by Mr. Samuels. His lectures were well-prepared, memorable, interesting, and moving. He was able to offer a perspective on many topics that was different from a Rabbi, since Mr. Samuels had worked as a doctor in South Africa. Shalom, Jeffrey Stark

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Client Served

Rating: 5

JICNY is an incredibly important organization. The organization helps Jewish people from around the world. JICNY provides valuable resources and programs. Being a member of JICNY provides a sense of community and belonging, which is especially important for foreign Jews around the world who move to NY. The Friday night Shabbat dinners are my favorite. It brings me closer to the Jewish tradition without judgment. People from all backgrounds share stories from their history and these dinners foster great, life long connections.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For many years JICNY founders have been making amazing, fun and informative events possible as well as generously opening up their homes and their hearts to so many Jews from diverse backgrounds. They’ve devoted enormous amounts of time and energy to creating countless connections for American and international Jews in their personal, professional, and Jewish lives. JICNY makes us feel part of a beautiful Jewish community whether we live on Upper West Side in New York City, in the tri-state area, or are visiting from an exotic country around the globe. Jodi, Gavin, and Steve are fantastic role models who teach by example how to be more educated, caring, and giving Jews. They can’t help but inspire large and small acts of caring and kindness in all of us who’ve been fortunate enough to meet them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

You arrive in NYC and don't know anyone or who to reach to for any type of question? They're there! You are curious about your background and want to learn more about your Jewish heritage? They're there! You want to be involved in an organization that brings meaning to people's life when often everything else lacks authenticity? They're there! You miss your family? They're there! JICNY changes your life, the only question is how can you give back to such a great organization! For my part, I'd like to start by thanking all the great volunteers and tell them how grateful I am for them to be there for us! Keep up the amazing work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The JICNY Group is one of the very first Nonprofit organizations I have been deeply involved with and I love it! I am a non-Jewish woman of a Chinese Jamaican Canadian desent. I have been embraced by this group and I try to give as much back to the group as they give to me support, knowledge in the various events the organization has put together. I invest my time in participating in the Phone-a-thons to raise money, seminars, workshops, attend the yearly galas and I witness first hand the people they join together who end up sharing their lives together here in New York!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that creates classes and events for foreign Jews living in NYC. This is where knowledge thirsty foreign Jews go to fill their expansively growing need to connect to their heritage and socialize amongst their own people.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

the jicny brings together people from all over the world to learn and meet eachother. i really enjoyed how passionate the teachers were about what they were saying, they obviously believe what they say.

3

Former staff

Rating: 5

I started with JICNY two years ago and I have to say I never regretted it. The founders are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G people !!! They host Shabats, classes, recruiting events, all always quality speakers and are always ready to help !!! I just love JICNY !!!