Thursday, February 17, 2011

Invitations to 2011 group trips

I am thrilled to announce JHTee plans for the next year – If you’ve never been to Krakow for the Jewish heritage festival then we would urge you to attend with 2 choices as follows - you will have an experience you will never forget – for further details and costs visit www.jewishheritagetours.co.uk :-

Krakow3 Chazons & choir week-end opening of Jewish heritage festival 24th June 2011This will be the 21st Jewish music festival recognized the world over as the best for the quality of the invited performers. See the website for a film of last year's 20th anniversary and schedule of events, which include films and lectures www.jewishfestival.pl (...think Edinburgh festival with a wholly Jewish interest). The ruach in Krakow pours out of its cobbled streets and lends itself to make the experience of this week-end one that you will never forget.  The Bobover Chazan Ben Zion-Miller is a mainstay of the week-end, and our group spend their shabbos eating with him, plus Israel Rand, Alberto Mizrachi, and Sephardi Chazan, Payton Lior Elmalich, and accompany them to the Melavaeh Malka in the Temple shul. See Tour 8 on our website with a full programme for the weekend which includes an Auschwitz-Birkenau trip on Sunday and shtetl tour on Monday.

KRAKOW Klezmer climax conclusion of festival 1st July 2011 A lot of fun culminating with the world famous Jewish music extravaganza, starting  on Saturday in the main Jewish square at 6 p.m. and ending in the early hours of Sunday morning. This will be enjoyed by some 15,000 people...a site to behold. We also visit Auschwitz-Birkenau on the Sunday – See tour 9 on our website for the full programme and cost – all you need to do with JHTee tours is to book your flights (EasyJet or RyanAir), and e-mail us with confirmation so we can reserve your room (payment will be requested 1 month prior to trip).

Rome – The Eternal City - 2nd September 2011 Week-end in Rome consisting of 3 days of ancient, classical and ghetto tours, staying in Hotel overlooking the Forum Rome – A 3,000 year multi layered museum under the open sky with the worlds oldest continuing Jewish community outside Israel, the former ghetto is fascinating & thriving again with some of the best kosher restaurants in Europe.

Romania, Moldova & Bessarabia trip for 7 days from 15th September 2011

Romania & Moldova covering the former Bessarabia & Transylvanian region of a former once vast Jewish presence where still communities exist and synagogues are being restored. We fly with Wizz airline to Cluz airport in the North West of Romania and returning from Bacau in the North East by Blue Air. We will have the use of a minibus and guide at all times, staying in 3+ star hotels in interesting towns and areas of natural beauty. If you are interested please indicate ASAP which towns or areas you wish to visit in order that we may plan and cost what promises to be a great trip. Romania has some of the most beautiful shuls in Europe see a selection on our website by clicking link.

DANUBE Luxury 8 day river cruise £999 per person 14th November 2011 JHTee is proud to announce that we have negotiated with a leading cruise Company a truly exciting trip on an exceptional boat, and at an affordable price. The luxury boat will navigate 4 countries and the 3 capital cities of Budapest, Bratislava, and Vienna – 8 days starting in Germany visiting Krems and Linz before Vienna & Bratislava, the capitals of Slovakia and Austria before concluding in Budapest Hungary Possibility of week-end in Prague before start of cruise and staying in Budapest at the conclusion – Amazing offer from £999 per person

Marrakesh, Meknes & FEZ Morocco end of February 2012  Due to huge demand from a full Feb 2011 trip, JHTee plans to run this trip again in February 2012 with some additions. If you are interested please express your preference. We also intend increasing the trip to a full 10 days, covering the desert & mountain areas plus Casablanca , Rabat & Tangiers in 3 stages.  The 3 stages proposed allow you to choose either a short visit, arriving in Fez and returning to the UK via Fez [3 day trip], Marrakesh [6 day trip], or Agadir [10 day trip] with a final 2 days relaxing in a 5 star luxurious spa hotel.

    Marcel Manson

 

Jewish Heritage Tours

6, Golf Close

Stanmore

Middlesex

England    HA7 2PP

Tel No   0044 0 208 9545074

Fax No 0044 0 208 954 5074

Mobile N0 0771 2290520

e-mail:     marcel@jewishheritagetours.co.uk

Web site: www.jewishheritagetours.co.uk

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Moishe House Denver - Zachary Hines

Shalom from Moishe House Denver. My name is Zack Hines and my friends and I took over the Moishe House in Denver last August. Denver is a beautiful city surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. In the winter We have a thriving young Jewish community here. Our Moishe House strives to give more opportunities and reach out to those who may have not connected with other jewish organizations through various traditional methods. Since launching our new house we have had the opportunity to meet so many new people and hold a wide variety of programs. By far our most successful and fun have been out shabbot dinners.

My roommates and I cook huge feasts where we treat our guests to Roasted Chicken, leg of lamb, Mexican feasts with home-made guacamole and salsa and other dishes. It has been a blast hosting people for Shabbot dinners and meeting and mingling with so many other young jews. Each meal I always meet at least one person who has just moved here within the last month or even the last week, Moishe House is a great way for people new to the city to connect right away to a big group.


Over the last few months we have made some exciting partnerships with other local Jewish Organizations. Last week we partnered with the Federation to hold a huge Shabbot dinner. With the exisiting network the Federation has and their reach in the Jewish Community we were able to have more than 70 young people at a Friday night dinner. Another great event that we had last week was a meeting with the Founder of Hazon, Nigel Savage. We hosted a get-together where we taught our guests how to make Hummus from Scratch and then we had a chat/learning session with Nigel. Had I not been apart of Moishe House I would of never had the opportunity to meet Nigel and learn about all the awesome things that Hazon is doing for the Jewish Community. Hazon is an environmental organization that promotes sustainability for our planet. Hazon promotes organic farming, Community Supported Agricutlure, and is trying to change the way we jews interact with our food and planet.


I am so glad and thankful that I got the opportunity to be a resident of Moishe House. Bringing people together has been a rewarding experience and has helped strengthen my ties to the Jewish Community. If you are ever in Denver please stop by our house!


Zack

Monday, February 7, 2011

New Pad, New song

Moishe House Life
(To The beat of “Baby got Back”-Sir Mix a Lot)

Oh my gosh, Shmuli, look at this email
It is so cool. It looks like
one of those Jewish Youth groups
But, you know, it’s for peeps our age though?
It is- and for both guys and gals
A social place but no big commute, ‘kay?
I mean, Rockville, is just so close
I can’t believe we don’t have to pay, it’s sweet
Moishe House is its name son
Eze Ma-gniv (translates to thats awesome)


I like Moishe House and I can not lie
You other lantsman can’t deny
That when you’re in need of a shabbos meal , challah o’ wine
And no minyan to be found
You get bummed, wanna hang out with Jews
But you’ve heard of a place called Moishe House
So you check their calendar
Tonight is Open Shabbos
Oh baby, I wanna schmooze it up
And sing some zmirot
My homeboys are going too
Ladies gonna check out this nice boy Jew
Ooh, while I’m dav’ning
You say you wanna help lead benching?
Well okay,okay
I’m turning into a Moishe House groupie
I’ve seen them plannin
To hell with demandin
They know bro
Whats going like a hookah night
I’m tired of bars n things
Saying goyish girls are the thing
Take the average Fri night and we compare
It’s gotta have a Jewish air
So fellas! (Yeah!) Fellas (Yeah!)
Tell em’ go Moishe House (yalla!) Moishe House (Yalla!)
Join the listserve bloke, become
Moishe House folk!


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Moishe House Montgomery County- a new identity and a new location. In our gorgeous new home we are doing great things. Some a bit unconventional- things like lumberjack parties and Yiddish shabboses, oh and even house love-imagine that. And a single kosher kitchen that is friendly for meat eaters like myself as well as the vegetarians in our community.

This weekend we hosted a wonderful open house event, advertised in all of our normal ways but also with adorable postcards hung all over town. The event was a real treat and a great way to show the neighbors who we are and what we do. In this new space, we have seen some familiar faces, some new faces and even some faces in need of a place to crash during the blizzard. People have even had a chance to come back to Moshe house who haven't been here in a while.


I did learn a very imprtant lesson in the move though- and this should be taken very seriously- unpack your bozes within a few weeks. The reason? My closet started to smell a bit funny and I discovered after some coaxing to go in there- that I had a communal kitchen box in my closet. And Challah- unlike matzah which can last for decades and still taste like cardboard- does not look, feel or smell the same after two weeks. Don't worry though, I threw it out and the closet smells wonderful now.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Moishe House Baltimore is heating up the winter

If someone had asked me 7 months ago to guess what I would be doing now I’m not sure what I would have said. I do know that I never would have thought I would be living in the new Baltimore Moishe House, building what I consider an ideal Jewish community. Since starting the house in August, we have held dozens of great programs, made lasting memories, and met so many new friends. Moishe House has truly become an integral part of the Baltimore Jewish community and it has been so interesting to be a part of this from the beginning.

In the past few months we have had some incredible programs that have really showcased what Moishe House "Bawlmor" is all about. Some of my favorites have been: our latkes and vodkas event, complete with a full latke bar with every possible topping and friends brought different types of vodkas for everyone to taste, and our January Shabbat dinner where over half of the attendees were new faces. Another interesting event we had recently was a town hall style meeting facilitated by a professional from our local Federation where we discussed the recent results from the Jewish community study and talked about how Moishe House can best serve the community.

This month I am really excited about some of our upcoming events. We are holding a poker night fundraiser next week and later in the month we are going to bake challah for the first time ever (any recipes or helpful tips greatly appreciated!). We are also going to be holding a PINK breast cancer awareness Shabbat in March, which is in honor of Women’s History Month.

With allthis going on it’s easy to see how 6 months have flown by so quickly. I’m so excited for everything coming our way in Baltimore and to see how Moishe House will continue to grow.


Signing off from Charm City,

Andi Waghelstein

Moishe House SF - Dan's Blog

Shabbat Shalom Moish-uginahs!

This is my first Moishe House blog so please be gentle. I have been a part of the Moishe House community for about 2 years now. I was at the tender age of 26 and had been trying to rediscover my Jewish identity. I tried going to services at Temple Emanu-el, danced at Second Saturdays @ the Cellar, attended Mission Minyan and tried other Jewish activities that I found online. However I didn't feel any of these places fit with my unique style of Jewish living or lifestyle. I am a social person by nature and appreciate good conversation with friends and discussing my beliefs or questions with those around me.

In my first year of living in San Francisco I found myself working as a Communications Director at a Non-profit and co-managing a Funk Accordion band called Sex with No Hands...a mix of Kelzmer, Funk and 80's Rock! Half of the band is Jewish (a mix of orthodox and conservative dudes who know how to observe in style!) and introduced me to the Jewish community of San Francisco and to their traditions of holding Seders and Shabbats in their homes. While in New York on the East Coast leg of their 2008 tour I met one of my best friends...Sarah Curtain (and now current roommate) who went to school with two members of the band. Sarah eventually moved out to San Francisco and joined the Moishe House later that Fall. I started attending Shabbats, musical performances, movies and other fun activities that I really enjoyed and I finally felt that I was a part of a larger Jewish Community!

Fast forward a year and a half later...I was getting ready to moved out of the Sunset and was looking for a new place. Three of the current roommates at Moishe House were moving out and had asked me if I wanted to take a spot. It took me all of a week to make up my mind, but I gladly took the offer and have been at the Moishe House SF ever since!

I've had a chance to meet a ton of new people, create some great events and collaborate with some fantastic organizations. Over the months I have been able to bring in friends to play music (The Coo Coo Birds, Moishe House Gypsy Jazz Band and Lautaro D'Amato), made some amazing foods (German Food Themed Shabbat, Hummus Making, Indian Food Shabbat and many Vegan Dishes) and we are starting a Comic Book Club and Rotating Art Gallery which I am super excited to do!




The future is looking bright and I am excited to do so much more! Keep an eye out for our upcoming events:


Saturday - February 12 - Moishe House Wine Tasting

Sunday - February 20 - Food Bank Volunteering!



Sunday - February 27 - Moishe House Art Show and Concert

Friday, February 4, 2011

Moishe House San Diego – Jonathan’s Blog

Shabbat Shalom Moishekateers!

While there may be 33 states that are incapacitated by all this snow and cold weather, we in San Diego (and southern California) cannot complain! Our San Diego community has been growing at an amazing rate! We recently hosted a Shabbat dinner for over 60 people and a spectacular Tu B’Shvat Seder for over 60 people as well. I cannot express how magical it is to witness such a wonderful event, to see so many young Jews interacting, laughing, and getting to know each other and their community.

I am so excited for the future of this community; when we sit down to plan our events it is hard to decide which ones to do. I notice that there are so many wonderful opportunities for us [the community] to take advantage of, whether it be the San Diego Jewish Film Festival, local rabbis, or local volunteer opportunities. I think that when faced with planning events for the Moishe House, we must consider which events will impact the most people in a positive way. Meaning what can we do that not only strengthens our community by getting more people involved for good causes but also to physically and socially effect the community for the better!

Hope you all have a wonderful and peaceful Shabbat!

-Jonathan

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

MoHoLO MONTHLY EMAIL FEBRUARY - THe JoYs oF (nEarLy) Spring!

Hello Moishe Massive!

So, as the sap rises and we move through the winter dreaming of daffodils and leaves we bring you through the last of the winter months with some great events for your mind, body and soul.

Tomorrow, February 3

Nick Hennessey: Tales from the Kalevala

Where:MoHoLo, Willesden Green (contact us for full address)
When:Tomorrow from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
To celebrate National Storytelling Week 2011, we are proud to be supported by much loved London storytelling night 'Storynights at Torriano' in presenting our first Storynight at MoHoLo!
For this inaugural event, we are delighted to be joined by one of the finest storytellers in the country.

Despite possessing all other kinds of magical powers, storytellers cannot feed themselves on words alone, so we recommend a £6 donation for t...his event.

You'll be asked to remove your shoes, so feel free to bring slippers, and, if in a decadent mood, perhaps a smoking jacket too.

The Kalevala is a cornerstone of Finnish national identity. It is epic mythology comprised of stories up to 5,000 years old. Stories of creation, the birth of song, the origin of fire, all unfolding in an ancient world rich in spirits of forest, sea and sky.

Brought up near Alderly Edge in Cheshire, Nick Hennessey came first to instrumental music before discovering his singing voice through folk song and this led him to storytelling. Inspired by the model of the Celtic bards, he now combines these elements, accompanying himself on harp and whistle to deliver powerful, passionate performances of story and song. In 1999 he began work on performances of the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, and in 2000 became World Champion of Kalevala Runolaulu (Epic-Singing) at the annual Finno-Ugric Festival in Espoo, Finland.

"A fine voice, pure and unforced. His fluid style and engaging presence is a winning combination…a compelling demonstration of storytelling's many faces."
The Times

"He brings that rare combination of artistic adventure and absolute accessibility. He's a magical performer who inspires his listeners with a sense of recaptured wonder."
The Word, London Literature Festival



Sunday, February 13

Sing-a-long Yentl!

Where:Moishe House London (contact us if you need the address)
When:Sunday, February 13 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Love Yentl? Love singing? Then come along to Sing-a-Long Yentl!

Dress up in "yiddishe" or "shtetl" garb, and come at 7pm for a prompt 7:30 showing of Yentl. We will provide song sheet for you!


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Tuesday, February 15

Book Discussion- "Yiddish Polishmen's Union"


Moishe House London (message for the address)

Tuesday, February 15 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
After November's rousing success with a book discussion, we've decided to have another one-- and by popular demand Michael Chabon's book "The Yiddish Policemen's Union."

So come at 7pm, there will be a salad and some little nibbles, and we'll start the book discussion at 7:30pm.

The book can be found on Amazon (I got mine for £3!) or at your library, and we also have a copy here if you need to borrow (first come first serve on that one)



Thursday, February 17

Dancing in the Dark

Where:Moishe House London, Willesden Green
When:Thursday, February 17 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Nothing to do with Bjork films or Bruce Springstein...

Dance as if no one is watching!

An evening of *blindfolded* sensory movement and body awareness. After the extraordinary success of dining in the dark we're taking it to the next level. Helpers will be on hand to keep participants safe and facilitate the experience, which will encompass play, dance, movement, interactive jamming and work with objects.

10 PARTICIPANTS MAX - WE NEED YOU TO CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE BY EMAIL: thelondonhouse@gmail.com

Concept inspired by Axolotl (http://www.bodyresearch.org/axolotl/index.shtml) and the wonderful Stephanie Gerson

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So, there you have it Moishe's. Please come and enjoy the experiences, they are nothing without you.

It is with much exhaustion and dread that we say Au Revoir to Brett who is going to be away on a World Tour with Gabby Young until April. BUT, it is with smiles and joy that we are able to welcome Laura Wolfisz to the house for that whole time. Laura has been coming to MoHoLo for a number of years and we are excited about the colour, art, music and ideas that she will be bringing to the house.

Much Love from all residents

XAlli, Aviad, Brett, Joel, Laura and Rachel