Jul 27, 2017

Young Adults Moishe House South Palm Beach County Officially Opens with Mezuzah Hanging

Moishe House’s newest home in Florida for post-college adults to build a community rooted in Jewish values hosted a special reception and ceremony for nearly 60 young adults and community leaders on Sunday, July 16, when its residents affixed a mezuzah to the house’s doorpost.

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The new Delray Beach location is home to three dynamic young men – Daniel Kay, 27, Chaim Romano, 28, and Benjamin Scheiner, 26 – who, in addition to their full-time jobs, are creating Jewish life opportunities by hosting weekly programs for hundreds of Jewish adults in their 20s.

Kay was born in Philadelphia and moved to South Florida with his family when he was six years old. He enjoys leading the services at family dinners during Shabbat, and brings that same passion to his Moishe House programs. Romano grew up in Boca Raton. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s in mathematics in 2013, he worked as the vice president of a mixed martial arts promotion company. Scheiner just returned to his home state of Florida after graduating from Yeshiva University with a bachelor’s in philosophy and political science. He works as a digital video consultant and is proud to be a founding member of Moishe House South Palm Beach.

“I am deep believer in the importance of community, in both theory and in practice,” said Scheiner. “I believe that everyone needs a place they feel they can belong to, and a place to call home.”

“South Florida has been growing as a hub for young adults for years,” said Lander Gold, Senior Director of Advancement and Philanthropic Partnerships for the Moishe House organization. “We first began serving the South Florida community in 2011 with our first house in Miami and are excited to increase our impact and outreach to the Jewish young adults of South Palm Beach. We are grateful to Mike and Andrea Leven’s lead support and the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County for making this dream a reality.”

“Far from its proverbial snowbird roots, our community has grown and matured into one that a full range of generations can call home,” said Anne Jacobson, Chair of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Board. “We’ve become a place where our young adults return after college, and where other young professionals move for our high quality of life. But right at this critical stage of life, when this new generation is laying the foundation of their adulthood, many of them are without Jewish affiliations or even Jewish friends. Thanks to Mike and Andrea Leven, and to Daniel, Ben and Chaim, Moishe House is now providing this group with much-needed opportunities to make those important connections through engaging activities in a warm, welcoming and open home environment.”

“As young adults, it’s so important for us to be involved in the Jewish community, as we continue to strengthen our Jewish identity,” said Sarah Lippy, Federation’s Young Adult Division Chair. “We look forward to partnering with Moishe House on social action projects and other valuable activities. It’s a great opportunity for all of us to expand our networks, engage our peers and reach even more young people.” Keep up with YAD at facebook.com/YoungAdultDivision, or contact lianak@bocafed.org or 561.852.5015.

ABOUT MOISHE HOUSE:

Moishe House is a program for young Jewish adults that creates meaningful, welcoming communities for themselves and their peers in a post-college world. Three to five 20-something residents live together and host ongoing events for their peers. Each year, the 100+ Moishe Houses around the globe hold more than 6,500+ programs for 37,000+ unique participants. It welcomes people from all Jewish backgrounds and is supported by organizations, individuals and the young adult participants themselves.

Since its founding in Oakland 11 years ago, Moishe House has filled a gap for peer-led young adult engagement that young adults have craved. Some of these programs include Shabbat dinners, barbecues, and volunteering at the local homeless shelter. Moishe House South Palm Beach intends to create a strong intentional community that welcomes new community members to every program. Learn more at moishehouse.org.