We held a pesach seder at the House – the first one MHBA has seen – and at the beginning we went around the table introducing themselves and our past seder experiences. One girl said that this was really special for her because the last time she had seder was 12 years ago, when she was 16. Her family stopped doing seder and so she did too, but she was very happy to be pick up the tradition again. Another person thanked us for the past 4 months that she had been coming to the House – she said that she had done more Jewish things in the past 4 months than in her whole life.
This year also saw the first tikkun leil Shavuot of MHBA. One new participant was not just new to MHBA, but new Judaism as well – she had recently discovered that she was Jewish and this was her first Jewish experience. (Thankfully she enjoyed it and wants to come back to more events.)
Last year some Israeli friends were staying over and they experienced a Friday night dinner and a party here the following night. They loved it and over a year later they still talk about their time at the Moishe House as being a highlight of their 8 months travelling in South America.
Friday night dinners are somewhat bonkers affairs at MHBA J. They usually take the form of a delicious dinner, relaxed chit chat, singing, and then all out dancing latino style. The smiles all evening say it all.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank to everyone behind the scenes at Moishe House who make these and all the many other special moments possible.