This New Years marks roughly three months since I moved into Moishe House Silver Spring. Moving to a new city, starting a new job, and entering a group home and Jewish community has been wonderful and difficult.
However, Moishe House has provided me a soft landing. It has tapped me in to a network of incredible individuals. And it also provides a wonderful platform for sharing many of my own interests and passions.
This past Shabbat, one of our community members hosted and arranged a Shabbat dinner at house featuring (Kosher!) Ethiopian food and learning about the Ethiopian Jewish Community. It was wonderful to have someone from our community step up and take such a leadership role.
In addition to this, my housemates have all done incredible work. We have started a monthly dance event called the Capital Boogie, which draws people of all ages together for a no alcohol, no drugs, no shoes dance party. All of the proceeds of these events have gone to local charities. It has been wonderful to see so many people come out – young and old alike, moishe house community members and new comers.
Additionally, I had a very special experience co-leading a workshop about immigration issues in American with my housemate Lindsay. We co-sponsored this event with Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. In the process of putting together the program, I learned a lot about immigration issues and then got to share what I had learned with my community.
These experiences have all been very special and have made a new city seem more familiar and given me a way to contribute to my new community. I have appreciated this platform that Moishe House has given me and have enjoyed reaping the benefits of the warm community that it provides!