You are JICNY's lifeblood. When our volunteer-driven organization launched a matching fundraising campaign this summer to sustain our programming, within days, you helped us reach our goal. Without your generosity, JICNY could not continue. Our donors come from within our organization because you understand the tremendous value we bring to our ever-changing community.
I want to share with you some information on the important plans JICNY has in the coming months. Our Emerging Leadership Board , led by Dan Davidson & Stephanie Dahan, is planning a special Shabbat dinner for late fall and a high profile networking event.
JICNY will enter its 17th year in December, and we are looking for a handful of individuals to sponsor some unique ways to celebrate. Please check out ‘Sponsorship Opportunities’ in this newsletter. This is a great way to honor an individual’s accomplishments or memorialize a loved one.
As the summer slowly winds down and we begin to prepare for Elul, I am reflecting on all of the great JICNY events we have had thus far this year, and all of our future programs where our JICNY community comes together. In the words of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, “Community is society with a human face- the place where we know we’re not alone.”
JICNY Board Chairman
JICNY programs over the past 10 months of 5776 received great feedback from our participants. Our programs will continue thanks to the support we received for our recent matching fundraising campaign!
Our Connections group (for individuals 35-50) in New York painted beautiful ceramic pieces during our pottery event, and sushi and wine was enjoyed by everyone who attended our White Party in June. We are looking forward to expanding our Connections programming in 5777 and there will be a special membership offered (scroll down in this newsletter for more details).
We are grateful to our donors that we were able to offer subsidized Pesach meals to our
participants and together remember the Exodus from Egypt. Our Shabbat meals have been and continue to be the place to meet old and new friends. In April, we were able to add monthly Entrepreneur Shabbat Dinners with J.R. Rothstein to our extensive ongoing Shabbat programming - they have been sold out shortly after registration opens. Also, a special thanks to the non-profit organization One Table for sponsoring a New to NY Shabbat event held in the spring.
We are looking forward to our annual rafting event later this month for our Links group (indivudals 25-40). Last year's trip was quite the adventure down the Delaware River; we hope you will join us on Sunday, August 21st (sign up here).
JICNY continues to be known as the place everyone, Internationals and Americans alike, go to when you are new to New York and Jerusalem. As we get ready for the month of Elul, we hope you will remember the positive impact of JICNY in your life and will continue to be an active member and supporter in the year ahead.
Jodi & Gavin Samuels and Steve Eisenberg