The Riverway Project is an very open group of Jewish 20's and 30's who get together to connect and learn through Temple Israel in Boston. Events are fun and people are friendly- whether you're just starting to learn about Judaism or grew up going to Hebrew School Some of my favorite events are Torah and Tonics- a once-a-month study session lead by the Rabbi, where we talk about the current Torah portion as a text-based discussion over dinner and drinks. Soul Food Fridays is a special Friday night service featuring an extremely talented live band and a lot of singing. What I love about the Riverway Project is that it's easy to just show up and you instantly feel welcome. You can be a regular participant or just go once in a while. It's the only place where I've found a group of young, liberal Jews making Judaism relevant in modern life.
Four years ago I moved to Boston and did not know many people. I went by myself to check out a Riverway Project event called "Salsa in the Sukkah." As soon as I arrived a friendly woman named Amy greeted me. She showed me around and introduced me to some of her friends. She invited me to "Soul Food Friday," a high energy service featuring a live band. Within a year, I had become a regular at Soul Food, a member of the Riverway Leadership Committee, and part of a thriving community. I still thank Amy, now one of my best friends, for introducing me to the Riverway Project, an organization that has provided me and many others an open, friendly, and supportive environment in which to explore Judaism.