Boston’s Jewish Young Adults: We’re Sukkahs for Innovation

Chag Sameach! Sukkot is off to quite the start, with the supermoon total eclipse on the first night and a tropical storm rolling through on the third day. The storm has tested the limits of everyone’s sukkahs!

If you’ve ever had a chance to sukkah hop, you know how much individuality each sukkah maker takes when decorating and designing theirs. Each is unique, and represents the people that built them. They remind us of our young adult community—we know that you aren’t all looking for the same programming and engagement options, which is why we offer hundreds of opportunities throughout the year.

And like the temporary nature of the sukkah, we know that our young adult community is always changing—and that we need to adapt to meet its needs. That’s why we’re always looking for that next step. We invest in the PresenTense Fellows, who are a group of incredible entrepreneurs developing innovative social tools to enrich our communal life. Last year, we awarded two new multi-year grants to young adult programming at the Boston Jewish Film Festival and the Riverway Project. This year, we will be looking for new opportunities to fund—if this is something that interests you (and we hope it does!), stay turned for our grant applications! Or reach out with questions to Julia at

We’re looking forward to the year ahead, and for each of you to find new ways of connecting and engaging with us. And as always, check out the Young Adults page for all the awesome CJP happenings. 

Wishing a healthy, happy and sweet new year to all.


Neal Karasic and Emily Leventhal

Co-chairs, Executive Committee on Young Adults

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