Monday, August 29, 2011

September Fun!

Hey Moisheniks, 

Hope you're enjoying the summer! Although as I write this it is pouring rain, but I guess it's the summer thoughts that count... 

Here at the House we are busy busy busy-- between festivals, holiday travels, planning for Rosh Hashana, and getting ready for our newest member. We have said goodbye to Joel, and are welcoming Rebecca/Becky who (in her own words) has been spending the last year in goat poo and is nervous to return to a place with WiFi and a decent public transport system. I am sure she will fill you in on the details if you only ask!

Anyway, September is jam-packed with events from geeky films, Tantra, Rosh Hashana spiritual and physical preparations, services, and even Craniosacral therapy-- read on for details! 

Have a beautiful month, 
Alli, Aviad, Rachel, Brett, and Clive x

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, 30 August

Moishe House
Tomorrow 19:00

Welcome to Moishe House London's "Geek Week". 
Three nights, three different "geeky" films. 

Come to one, come to all-- dress up if you want, bring some snacks and drinks, and be prepared for some fun. 

Tuesday: Back to the Future Trilogy
Wednesday: Indiana Jones (best two we can think of)
Thursday: X-Men Trilogy

Wednesday 31 August

Moishe House London
Wednesday 19:00

01 September

Moishe House London
Thursday 19:00

08 September

Moishe House London
08 September at 18:30

After Leora Lightwoman's fantastic session at the Moishe House in December, we decided to team up with Diamond Light Tantra again. We will be their venue for this mini-introduction session. It is open to the general public for £25 per person if booked in advance (£30 on the door) but MOISHE HOUSE LONDON COMMUNITY CAN BOOK IN ADVANCE FOR JUST £10 - just call Diamond Light on 0845 388 2231 with a credit/debit card and say you're from Moishe House London, or book using the following link:


Please do not re-post this special offer on any other public forum.

18 September

Moishe House London
18 September at 11:00

Elul is the Hebrew month preceding the High Holidays. It is a time dedicated to preparing ourselves for the upcoming Big Days. Come to our Elul day so that when we hit Rosh Hashana you feel ready instead of bewildered. Guaranteed to enhance your Grassroots experience or I'm wrong.
Freel free to join us regardless of whether you will be with us for the Grassroots Jews services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
For more about those services though, see:

Grassroots Art Camp:

Create our space. Rutie Borthwick, Alli Zionts and Gaby Pomeroy will be coordinating this day of creation, decoration and adornment for the Grassroots temporary home in Moishe House. Come and crochet a part of our new trichitza will Rutie and help make beautiful things to make our space beautiful.

Grassroots Elul Learning: 

Program of talks, shiurim and lectures by the best in the business. More of the high quality approachable learning that Grassroots hosts. Speakers include: Rabbi Judith Rosen Berry, Benedict Roth, Daniel Lichman, Prof. Vic Seidler. Subjects range from Talmudic insights into fasting to understanding Rosh Hashana through the lens of submissive/dominant sexuality. 

Full program to be published nearer the date!

28-30 September

Moishe House London
28 September at 18:30

*Please take care! Saying you are 'attending' on Facebook does NOT secure your place at Grassroots. To ensure your spot, click this link: and look around the blog for all the crucial info you'll need!*

Daniel Kingsley

Craniosacral Therapy at Moishe House with Daniel Kingsley – Individual Sessions

Available every Monday from 2pm to 9pm

[link to a facebook event/page for the individual sessions]

Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle yet powerful hands-on form of bodywork, developed from Osteopathy. It is great for relieving stress, helping to resolve headaches, neck and back issues. Because it supports the body in its own rebalancing and self-healing it can also be used to treat many other conditions that conventional medicine can't such as insomnia, digestive problems, low energy, depression and hormonal imbalances. Sessions are usually experienced as deeply relaxing and revitalising.

Daniel Kingsley will be offering individual 50 minute sessions every Monday. Sessions cost £60. Free consultations are available either by phone or just by dropping into the house.

For more information call Daniel on 07958 655 406, check out his website or his facebook page

Friday, August 5, 2011

Of All the Little Surprises

In my determination not to help at all during the transition of Moishe House OC from Laguna Beach to Costa Mesa I decided to break my ankle in two places, confine myself to a couch for six weeks or so, and have a bunch of metal installed in m body. This is the obvious solution to laziness. I mean really who enjoys packing up a house and moving, when I say “I will do anything to avoid moving.” I mean it.

I am writing this from a well worn patch of couch situated in the living room of our new house. Strewn about me are the necessities of daily life, IPOD, water bottle, crutches, pen , paper, and of course my laptop. My world is really small right now, and yet the community it holds is larger than I ever imagined. After the break I disappeared home for 3 weeks to recuperate, drawing on the support of family leaving my roommates to run the new MoHo. Now that I am at our new home, my wonderful roommates are helping me, I get to enjoy events from the couch perspective, we plan events together better than ever, and out turnout skyrocketed after with the location change.

I want to return to the community though, never before in my life have I sought out a strong network of support. Yet here I am on a couch, getting messages on Facebook, phone calls and emails from community members, the very people that make this organization thrive asking how they can help. When one member of the community is in trouble, we all help. I think that this simple idea of community helping its members is often forgotten, it is the original social safety net. At our house we have not missed a beat, participants are helping with breakdown of events, moving us in, bringing extra food for Shabbat, even though we are down one person (me!) we have ten more people to help out.

Honestly all of this sentiment is feeling rather maudlin, but the truth is had anyone asked me when I started here, “If you broke your ankle what would you do?”
I would’ve said “I have no clue”. During all my forced vacation time I’ve done too much reading, and one very talented author’s words bring me comfort right now,
“…we cannot possibly know what it is we’ve yet to make manifest in our lives…”.
I couldn’t have planned for any of this, Moishe House happened to me just as accidentally as my broken ankle. All I am certain of right now is that our house is going to keep going strong, and that we have a wonderful group of people around us that will make sure we are here for quite some time to come.

Moishe House OC

August: a fond farewell

It's been an unbelievable four years, but I'm moving out of MoHoLo at the end of August. If all goes well, I'll still be involved in Moishe House, working with the other MoHoLo residents and Moishe Houses in other countries, but my time living here is coming to an end.

When five of us decided to start a Jewish community house in 2007 we were prompted by a deep sense of personal need, for a type of community that was almost within reach but didn't yet exist. On my part, I wanted a better Jewish life.

Four years on and my Jewish life is completely transformed, through Moishe House London and other stellar clusters of creative Jewish community. So for this individual, it's mission accomplished.

MoHoLo continues to evolve, with all of us shaping it. If you want to run an event, get in touch - I certainly plan to be part of things.

Clive Selwyn has been a resident since before the summer and he'll continue to bring his special brand of madness to the Moishe House. And in September, again all going well, you'll be able to meet a sixth resident, arriving back in the UK with fresh ideas.

Indulge me here. I'd like to sign off with my top 5 Moishe House London events from the last four years - evenings of magic:

5) Shotei Ha'Nevua (January 2011)
4) Gaza Listening (January 2009)
3) Dining in the Dark (February 2011)
2) The Big One (December 2009)
1) Moishe Fest (July 2009)

And the future...? READ ON



We've got two Tisha B'Av events, dancing, drumming, geeky movies and, moving into September and beyond, Tantra and - oh yeah - Grassroots Jews Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.

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08 August

Yachad Beit Midrash - Tisha b'Av Tikkun

Where:Moishe House London
When: 08 August from 21:00 to 23:00

The first of two Tisha B'Av events at MoHoLo is presented by Yachad. Study texts on Jewish sovereignty, ask difficult questions and search for answers together.
09 August

Footsteps in the Sand - Tisha B'Av Event

When:09 August from 19:00 to 20:30

Aviad presents his personal take on Tisha B'Av and Gush Katif, looking at the expulsion of 8,600 Jews from their houses six years ago. We will learn some Talmud and more recent Jewish approaches to suffering, before watching the film 'Footsteps in the Sand.'
10 August

Dancing the Philtrum

Where:Moishe House London, message us for specific address
When:10 August from 19:30 to 22:00

Free dance movement, meditation, voice, breath and automatic drawing/writing to get in touch with our innate wisdom. This session is full but there is a waiting list - email for more info.
11 August

Drumming Workshop

When:11 August from 19:30 to 21:30

Back by popular demand. Bring your own hand drums and percussion, and learn how to play it!

30 August

Geek Week pt 1- Back to the Future

Where:Moishe House
When:30 August from 19:00 to 22:00

Three nights, three 'geek classics' - projected on our big screen. Dress up (if you want), bring some snacks and drinks, and be prepared for some fun.
31 August

Geek Week pt 2- Indiana Jones

Where:Moishe House London
When:31 August from 19:00 to 22:00

Three nights, three 'geek classics' - projected on our big screen. Dress up (if you want), bring some snacks and drinks, and be prepared for some fun.
01 September

Geek Week pt 3- X-Men Trilogy

Where:Moishe House London
When:01 September from 19:00 to 22:00

Three nights, three 'geek classics' - projected on our big screen. Dress up (if you want), bring some snacks and drinks, and be prepared for some fun.
08 September

Mini-introduction to Tantra

Where:Moishe House London
When:08 September from 18:30 to 21:00

After Leora Lightwoman's fantastic session in December, we decided to team up with Diamond Light Tantra again, for this mini-introduction session. Enhance connectedness, harmony and compassion - with a special offer for MoHoLo community.