At home with Moishe
By Brett Nathan:
I sit here writing this by the fireplace in Moishe House Melbourne.
During this last month alone, we have held programs such as art sessions, an open mic night and a Jewish ecology discussion group. Each one of these programs came from the personal interest of a resident or a community member who stepped up to create the event. A glance at the photos on our Facebook group will give you a better idea of the kind of atmosphere we typically create in our home.
The goal is to host programs that offer something unique to our local Jewish community. Moishe House is not just a shared-household nor is it simply a regular community group. While the house operates in many ways like any shared house, residents Yosl Cylich, Asher Lederman and myself, Brett Nathan, run regular programs each month in exchange for a rental subsidy and small programming budget, transforming our home into a communal project.
Since March of 2013, Moishe House Melbourne has hosted 107 programs, attracting an average of 28 in total attendance per program. Globally, Moishe House offers approximately 385 programs per month across 62 houses in 14 countries.
Moishe House is a non-denominational, pluralistic network of peer-based Jewish communities for young adults aged 22-30. As residents are able to welcome community members to take part in these programs, the community members have a chance to give back to others in the community around them, sharing with them whatever passion interests them.
We want the Moishe House Melbourne to continue to welcome many more Jewish young adults from a diversity of backgrounds to come together. If this sounds like something you or someone you know would enjoy, you can find out more on our Moishe House Melbourne Facebook group and at Moishehouse.org.
Moishe House Melbourne has been proudly initiated by the Australian Jewish Funders (AJF) in partnership with Jewish Care and fully funded by AJF members and supporters, Jennifer and Tony Smorgon, Joshua Kurc, Trawalla Foundation, Nathan & Camit Cher and Family and a foundation that would like to remain anonymous.
For more on Moishe House see this video.