JICNY Newsletter, September 2015

 

 
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Chairman's Corner 
Jeff Stier, JICNY Board Chairman

As a community, we had a very full summer. I enjoyed seeing so many of you at Torah on the Terrace, and I was honored that Bibi the Lab (my dog) brought me along to raft down the Delaware with so many of his JICNY friends!

The end of summer does not just bring the beginning of a new season. For Jews around the world, fall is also the time for new beginnings with the start of the Jewish New Year.

The month of Elul is a time of preparation for the New Year. Jewish people take this time to reflect on accomplishments from the past year and set goals for the coming year. This is true for the JICNY. 5775 was a year of great growth for us as an organization. We held more events, hosted more people and further increased the diversity and types of programs we organized.

As we look ahead to 5776, thanks to the generosity of donors like yourself, as well as foundations including the UJA, we have an efficient team of professionals who will dedicate endless hours to the JICNY. However, this does not replace the volunteer-driven culture of our organization. Our volunteers help to enhance the JICNY by facilitating your increased involvement, as participants, in our activities. I hope you will enjoy working with them as much as I do.

We have some wonderful programs being planned and new initiatives to reach all members of the greater New York Jewish Community. I invite all of you who benefited from JICNY in the past, to continue as active participants in our community. We need your involvement to help welcome in the new participants we are excited to meet in the coming year.

May this upcoming year bring peace, joy and happiness for you, your family and the entire Jewish nation.

Shana Tova Umetukah, A Good & Sweet Year!

Jeff Stier
Chairman, Board of Directors, JICNY

In this Issue:
1.Chairman's Letter
2. Founder's Letter
3. Fundraising Letter
4. Summer Events Recap
5. JICNY Profiles - Michael Katina
6. Upcoming Events
7. Big Announcement
8. Save the Date - GALA
 

Founder's Letter

How has summer come and gone and we are now preparing to fast for Yom Kippur?It is true what they say, “Time flies when you are having fun.” The year 5775 was one of great growth and continued success for the JICNY.  We continued to host many social events and Shabbat programs over that carried on through the summer.

This past summer was the first in many years that Jodi, Gavin and Steve were all in New York.  With all three of us being around, we saw that JICNY is not just a fall, winter and spring organization. We are an organization that provides wanted and desired programming 12 months out of the year. Over the summer we ran sold out Shabbat dinners, hosted packed Shabbat afternoons on the Terrace, rafted down the Delaware, ran relationship classes for men and hosted sold out cooking classes. JICNY truly is the central address for young professional looking to be connected in New York City.

As the New Year begins, we look forward to the momentum from the past year and summer continuing, and for the JICNY to be the central address for many more Internationals in the year to come.

Wishing you and your family a Shana Tova, Sweet and Healthy year ahead,

Jodi, Gavin & Steve

Fundraising Letter

Dear JICNY friend,

Although the Jewish New Year has already begun, we want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a G’mar Chatima Tova , You should be Sealed for Good in the Book of Life.

What a wonderful way to ensure being sealed in the Book of Life- providing JICNY the funding that it needs for its upcoming fiscal year. We need your help to continue the excellent community service that we provide for 1000's of Jews who come to our door.

As many people already know, our address is famous for being “a home away from home” to thousands of Jews who live in New York who come here alone with no family or connections.  Holiday seasons are the most difficult and we help by providing classes, meals & user-friendly services so people will have a place to go for a hot meal in a warm, loving community.
  
Please make a donation today to the JICNY to help us keep our doors open to everyone. Donations can be made at www.jicny.com/donate

We wish you the very best for the New Year 5776 and we thank you, in advance, for your continual financial support.

For more information on donation or sponsorship opportunities to the JICNY, please contact Julie Bernstein, julie@jicny.com, (929) 344-2535.

Shana Tova,

Jodi & Gavin Samuels and Steve Eisenberg


JCINY Recap- Enjoying the Summer Outdoors…
Annual Rooftop Summer Kick-Off
Annual Rooftop Summer Kick-Off
The JICNY kicked off summer on June 30th with over 100 of its friends overlooking Central Park while sipping delicious wine and listening to live music on the rooftop of Manhattan’s 15 Central Park West. Thank you to a generous sponsor for hosting this summer event and to all who attended. Nothing beats wine, music and good company on a summer night!

 
 
International Shabbat Dinner on the Terrace
International Shabbat Dinner
on the Terrace

Living in New York City, many months are spent indoors dreaming about the summer and being outside. The JICNY, like many New Yorkers, enjoys being outside every minute. This was ever so obvious with the SOLD OUT International Shabbat Dinner in July on Jeff’s terrace. L’Chaims were shared. Words of Torah were spoken. And a strong sense of community was felt on this beautiful Shabbat evening.
 
What’s L.O.V.E got to do with it?!?

 

Russian Cooking Class with Julie
Thank you to our amazing teacher and Chef extraordinaire’ Julie Yusupov, who gave us a taste of Russian cuisine: Cured Salmon with Blini, Cold Borsch and Russian Apple Cake (Sharlotka) for dessert. All of the JICNY Cooking classes are sell-out events so make sure to sign-up early if you want to join. Our next cooking class on October 27th- Cuban Cooking with Frances!


JICNY Hits the Delaware River! 

JICNY Hits the Delaware River!

On a beautiful Sunday in July, over 40 adventure seekers descended down the Delaware River for the JICNY’s Annual White Rafting Trip. A wonderful Sunday, which included water fights, an occasional dip in the water and clear blue skies was had by all. This has become a trademark JICNY summer event. We look forward to everyone joining us again next year!

For more information on all JICNY events,visit: www.jicny.com

 
 
JICNY Profiles
Michael Katina
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

I was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. My father is a holocaust survivor from Hungary and was taken to Aushwitz in 1944. My Mothers parents escaped from Germany and arrived in Brazil in 1937. In my home town we have a few Synagogues and Jewish schools where I was sent to. I studied also in a Chabad Yeshiva during high school and went to Bar-Ilan University in Israel where I studied Economics.

I met Jodi and Steve when they began JICNY and have since attended several events and activities. I find JICNY an amazing organization for both foreigners and Americans alike. I made so many new friends thru JICNY! I am always looking forward to new events and meeting new people from all over the world.

I was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. My father is a holocaust survivor from Hungary and was taken to Aushwitz in 1944. My Mothers parents escaped from Germany and arrived in Brazil in 1937. In my home town we have a few sinagogues and Jewish schools where I was sent to. I studied also in a Chabad Yeshiva during high school and went to Bar-Ilan University in Israel where I studied Economics.Brazil is still a good country for Jews and we have freedom to practice Judaism. I am a toy manufacturer.

I met Jodi and Steve when they began JICNY and have since attended several events and activities. I find JICNY an amazing organization for both foreigners and Americans alike. I made so many new friends thru JICNY! I am always looking forward to new events and meeting new people from all over the world.

Upcoming JICNY Events

September

Wednesday, September 30 - Sushi in the Sukkah (for 20s and 30s)

October

Thursday, October 1 - Guest Networking in the Sukkah

Monday, October 12 - Grand Opening Celebration of the NEW Monday Night Class & Lounge at MJE (see details below)

Wednesday, October 14 - Rooftop Drinks Night at The Sagamore

Thursday, October 15 - Connnections Cooking Class with Chef Shlomo

Friday, October 16 - International Shabbat Dinner

Saturday, October 17 - Couples Shabbat Lunch

Thursday-Friday, October 22-23- Shabbas Project- Challah Bake, Dinner and Lunch in NYC and Jerusalem

Tuesday, October 27 - Cuban Cooking Class with Frances

Wednesday, October 28 - Women's Dating and Marriage Class with Devorah

November

Friday, November 6 - Connections: Rotating Shabbat Dinner

Friday, November 20 - Carlebach Shul Dinner

Wednesday, November 25 - Parenting Class for Women

Friday, November 27-  New to NY Shabbat Dinner

For more information on all JICNY events,visit: www.jicny.com

 

Big Announcement

Monday Night Class & Lounge is moving to MJE!
Steve and Marc Announcement
Join our Grand Opening Celebration for the New JICNY & MJE
Monday Night Program

Cocktails, Hors D'oeuvres & New Classes

SAVE THE DATE!
Mon, October 12th, 6:15pm

MJE, 131 W. 86th St, NYC

For event details visit: www.jicny.com

Save the Gala Date!!!

JICNY Mission Statement
As a gateway into the Jewish experience and the first point of contact for individuals relocating to New York, JICNY provides participants with the resources and opportunities they require to secure a soft landing in New York, develop personal relationships with likeminded Jewish professionals, and connect with Jewish observance at an optimal personal level.

With over 220 events per year, JICNY truly has something for everyone.     

Jewish International Connection is a not-for-profit public charity recognized by the IRS under 501(c)(3). JICNY reserves the right to ID all participants at our events to confirm ages and identification. Copyright © 2015 Jewish International Connection. All Rights Reserved.