Growing up in Houston, Judaism was an effortless part of my life. I regularly went to synagogue, was active in BBYO, attended Jewish day school and camp, and joined a Jewish fraternity, ZBT, at Emory University. But after graduating in 2013, it was kind of jolting to discover that I would need to make an effort to bring meaningful Jewish experiences back into my life.
I joined some Jewish sports leagues and went to young adult happy hours, but I wanted something deeper. When I was introduced to Moishe House in Toco Hills, I felt a strong connection to its members and mission. When I moved in, my Jewish life took off.
Our house is part of the national Moishe House network and is intended to be an informal hub of engagement for young Jewish adults. In exchange for having part of our rent subsidized by Moishe House, my three roommates and I sponsor seven Jewish events each month. It might be trivia at a local bar, neighborhood festivals, or our annual Passover Iron Chef competition at the house. Any young Jewish adult in Atlanta is invited to join.
My favorite part of living here is bringing people together and cooking with my roommates. We’re famous for our twice a month Shabbat dinners with awesome kosher home-cooked food, for up to 80 guests! I truly believe that this age group is the “make or break” generation when it comes to Jewish identity. That’s why it is important for the post-college group to have places like this for Jewish connection and community. Moishe House makes Jewish living effortless again. It fills my soul!
Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is proud to partner with Moishe House to engage and inspire Jewish young adults.
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