We at Moishe House Hoboken would like to thank the area organized and local Jewish community for funding and supporting MH Hoboken.
Moishe House Hoboken was founded in January 2007 and has been creating unique Jewish programs for young adults from all parts of New Jersey. While the majority of MH Hoboken’s programming has been in Hoboken, community members originally hail from all over New Jersey. From Fair Lawn to Florham Park, Bergenfield to Bloomfield, Millburn to Mahwah, Elizabeth to Englewood, our community members are sons and daughters of New Jersey’s Jewish community (with a few transplants to our great state and NYCers mixed in).
From the early days, we have been able to grow by working with local stakeholders and an amazing cadre of participants, and that quickly became an ever-growing community. From the on-the-ground Jewish presence, the United Synagogue of Hoboken, to the Jewish federations of Northern New Jersey and Metro West, we have had amazing institutional partners. We have been proud to work with the federations and USH on joint programs, from celebrating Yom Haatzma-ut to working with the federation shlichim (emissaries from Israel), from having spiritual salons facilitated by the USH rabbinic interns to volunteering on Super Sundays.
When, on April 26 this year, the Jewish Standard printed a piece on MH Hoboken’s potential closing (“Closing down the House?), these local stakeholders, as well as the Leo Rosner Foundation, the independent UJA Campaign of Hoboken/JFNA Network of Independent Communities, and the Maimonides Fund, decided to invest in young adults. For USH, itself the only outpost of shul life in a region not known for well established Jewish community and for the Northern New Jersey and MetroWest federations, whose catchment areas do not extend to Hoboken, to come to our aid speaks volumes about their commitment to a bright Jewish future.
Just as importantly, many of our Moishe House community members answered the call for monetary support and deepened their investment in organized Jewish life. We recently honored our local community donors at our first annual MH Hoboken gala.
New Jersey’s young adults come and live in Hoboken and Jersey City. At MH Hoboken they are stakeholders in a vibrant community that offers home cooked (or sometimes catered) Shabbat meals, celebrations of the chaggim, interesting Jewish speakers and more. We in MH Hoboken, both community members and residents, thank the New Jersey Jewish community for continuing to support us as we pioneer and build a Jewish young adult community.