Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kosher...I think so!

Max Pollak and Mickey Rubin are friends of mine from Towson University. When they mentioned they were moving into Baltimore’s Moishe House, I really didn’t understand the concept. There was one Friday night where they were hosting a Shabbat dinner and I figured I’d go and see what it was all about. I ended up having such a great time and meeting so many nice people. I eventually started coming to more and more events; and helping out if my assistance was needed. For example, I’d come over early and help former Moishe House member, Andi Wagelstein with preparing for Shabbat dinners. As the year progressed, Max and Mickey found out that Andi’s job was transferring her to an office in Hoboken, New Jersey; therefore they would need a third (female) roommate. One of the main reasons I decided living in Moishe House would be a good fit for me is because all my life, Judaism has sort of been an obligation. For example, I was obligated to attend Hebrew School and go through Confirmation. Additionally, my parents keep kosher in our home. I have always been intimidated to help out in my parents’ kitchen because I never wanted to use the milk sponge for some type of meat. I want to be able to enjoy all aspects of the religious and cultural values and learn what being Jewish means to me. When all was said and done, it was mutually agreed upon that I was a good fit for Moishe House and as a roommate for the boys. I really enjoy seeing all the friendships Moishe House has created and maintained. People who meet at Moishe House have said there’s no other way to maintain a sense of a Jewish identity, besides going to services on Shabbat. Once becoming involved and eventually a member of Moishe House, I learned that being Jewish is more than going to Hebrew School and keep Kosher; it’s about how I choose to identify with Judaism- whether that’s through hosting Shabbat Dinners, playing Bingo with the elderly, volunteering at Ronald McDonald House, or gathering friends for a low key trivia night."

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Invitation to group trips



Our trips provide an unforgettable insight into Jewish history plus the rich culture exploring the world that once existed, whilst concentrating on the present through the remaining communities. Join us and learn about the astonishing contribution the Jewish communities once made and enjoy the main sites of each particular country :-


ROME – the Eternal city 2nd September 2011 – 1 room left Week-end in Rome consisting 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. See for full agenda and cost


Romania, Moldova & Bessarabia trip for 7 days leaving on 15th September 2011 – Few rooms left Romania & Moldova covering the former Bessarabia & beautiful 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 returning from Bacau in the North East by Blue Air. We will have the use of minibus and guide at all times, staying in 3+ star hotels in interesting towns and areas of natural beauty. See the detailed itinerary in what promises to be a great trip - See for full agenda and cost

Magical Morocco Marrakesh CHILL-OUT weekend 27th October 2011 - Following a hugely successful sold out 2011 trip, and further enquiries, demand will be huge for our next Morocco trips. We suggest you book early, as limited rooms available. We will be staying at the magnificent KSAR ANIKA RIAD with gourmet kosher food in evenings and shabbos, with only 1 or 2 guided walks planned. Four days 3 nights at a cost of £485 - See for full agenda and cost

DANUBE Luxury 8 day river cruise from Budapest from £999 per person in August & 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. This amazing offer 5% discount available through JHTee tours will navigate 4 countries and the 3 capital cities of Budapest, Bratislava, and Vienna before concluding in Germany, and flying home either from Nuremberg or Budapest on the reverse trip - See for full agenda and cost

FULL Morocco tour 16th February 2012 is now confirmed for full 12 day trip, including Sahara desert. The way the trip has been planned only allows a return flight home after 8 days when we arrive in Marrakesh, for those not wishing to stay for the full trip. Our guide for the entire time is Raphael Elmaleh [excellent raconteur] who is responsible for the only Jewish museum in the Arab world and involved in the restoration of shuls and cemeteries and Jewish artifacts.
Tunisia including Djerba island – Planned for March 2012

Lithuania trip 29th April 2012 Vilnius and Kovno tripConsisting of 3 days 2 nights - See in planning stage

Spain - May 2012 – Starting in Madrid then Toledo Seville Codoba concluding in Gibraltar in planning stage

UKRAINE Autumn 2012 - 10 days covering everything from Lvov to Odessa - See for full agenda and cost

Incredible INDIA November 2012 - See for full agenda and cost of  8 or 13 day or 20 day trip


    Marcel Manson

Jewish Heritage Tours

6, Golf Close



England    HA7 2PP

Tel No   0044 0 208 9545074

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

World Champ Team - MH Dallas

The world-champion Dallas Mavericks provide a profound lesson in the triumph of teamwork over selfishness. When the Miami Heat sought to craft a world championship team they did so with the thought that if they could acquire the most-talented players in their starting five they would be able to defeat anyone. The raw desire that each of the stars the Heat acquired had in obtaining a championship for themselves would naturally result in their working together to obtain a goal that would benefit all of them, (think free-market economics: As long as markets are free and competitive the actions of private individuals, motivated by self-interest, will work together for the greater good of society). LeBron wanted a championship for LeBron, Bosh for Bosh, and Wade for Wade, and in the end none of them got a ring. The self-interest model failed miserably.

The Mavs on the other hand kept their eye on one goal, a championship for the team. There was no room for egos, simply get the job done, forget the limelight. When Mavs needed inspiration the players did not rely on their own naked ambition for personal glory but dedicated their playoff run to the likes of Caron Butler a star teammate who had been unable to play since February due to injury, yet played an integral part in keeping up morale in the locker room.

At Moishe House Dallas, we take inspiration from our world champion team. Ultimately there is only one goal at MoHo Dallas run the most meaningful and unique events possible for the greatest amount of young Jews in Dallas, by any means necessary. We all have extremely busy schedules in this house and running successful events is very time consuming and hard work, but as a cohesive unit there is little we cannot accomplish effectively. As a team it is imperative that we can rely on one another to perform necessary tasks to get the job done. Yet there are doubtless times where differing obligations will conflict for a “teammate” and require greater effort from the other teammates. In MoHo D, there are no questions asked when greater effort is needed the job will get done with no complaints. (think: Dirk’s shot goes cold, get the ball to Chandler or Terry)

There is no ego in MoHo D, the goal and mission is bigger than any one of us. The past few months have been extraordinarily difficult for me with final exams and bar review and I would like to thank my teammates of MoHo D who despite the fact that I produce like Dirk with a 103 degree fever or even Peja trying to play defense at times, my teammates with out fail always come out strong and get ‘er done, by any means necessary.

Damon Mathias

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Moishe House London - July Events


It's July: it's not that hot but it's the English Summer so that's okay. Murray, our only British hope, has got knocked out of Wimbledon spectacularly and been told that it's probably because his best is just not good enough - lovely! London just hosted this year's Gay Pride Parade. Lots of festivals. Lots of fun. London, for the most part, is a happy place to be.

Events for July are a delightful assortment of education, festival fun, and music and film goodness.  See below for the complete list of events for July.

As always, Moishe House is open to you all the year round so come chill, play, chat, learn, entertain, be entertained, create new friends, and consolidate old ones. You are an integral part of our community, so get involved in any way you like - our doors are always open.

Much love to you all.


10 July

Freecycle Clothes Day!

Where:Moishe House London
When:10 July from 14:00 to 17:00

Get ready for the summer by cleaning out your closet! 
Have a jumper in your closet you don't think you need anymore? Love finding treasures in other people's clothing-trash? Come participate in the Moishe House Freecycle Clothes Day! 

Bring your books, bring your old jewelry, and bring your clothes!

So spend an afternoon with Moishe House, bag a few gems for your closet! Whatever isn't picked up by one of us will be donated to a local charity, so what do you have to lose? 
Message Alli if you have any questions. 

See you then!

14 July

Open Mic Evening

When:14 July from 20:00 to 23:00

Moishe House's very own open mic evening.
A chance for you to show us what you've got. 

Open to all... Perform in our very open, welcome and accepting space.
Bring your instrument if you have one. We will provide a guitar, a mic and the sound system

18 July

Jews Dating non-Jews: the end of the Jewish people or no big deal?

Where:Moishe House London, Willesden Green (message us for the full address)
When:18 July from 20:00 to 22:00

Are you a Jew in a relationship with a non-Jew? A non-Jew in a relationship with a Jew? The child of one Jewish and one non-Jewish parent? Are you converting or contemplating conversion for a Jewish partner? Or do you simply want to air your views about mixed faith relationships? 

Whatever your circumstances come and share your thoughts, experiences and opinions on this issue with Zahavit Shalev. Zahavit runs the conversion course at New North London (Masorti) Synagogue. She is also a project worker at Jeneration ( where her job is to reach out to mixed faith couples and support them in finding a connection to Judaism that's right for them.

19 July

Burning Man Pre-Compression Briefing

When:19 July from 19:30 to 22:30

A how to and hang out for peeps going to Burning Man this year and anyone else who's interested.


Old-timers share experience, newcomers ask questions, everyone gets excited. Dress up optional. Bring snacks.

21 July

Labyrinth Film Night

Where:MoHoLo - please message for the address
When:21 July from 19:30 to 22:30

Following up on the success of The Big Lebowski night, we will be celebrating all things Bowie with the screening of the amazing '80s cult classic Labyrinth. 

Get lost in a beautiful film, dress up like the Starman himself if you want (who doesnt love big hair, big make-up and tight, shiny clothes?), and come along for a fun night! 

7:30pm for drinks and snacks, 8pm for the film. Bring snacks and drinks as you wish, and come along for a fun night - if anyone has any ideas of Bowie-themed cocktails, let us know!!

You have no power over me...