JICNY Newsletter, Feb 2014

Jewish International Connection





Meet Grant Silverstein

We are proud to announce Grant Silverstein as the new JICNY Development Director!

While being an American from the Southwest desert of Arizona, Grant is no stranger to the JICNY. He has been an active volunteer for many years, chairing the Annual Galaâ??s Fundraising Committee for the past three years.

Grant brings with him an extensive background in fundraising and community development. He has Masters of Social Work and Certificate in Jewish Communal Services from Yeshiva University/Wurzweiler School of Social Work.

Grant is a strong believer in the role community plays in peopleâ??s lives. As an active member of the UWS Jewish community, Grant is looking forward to taking JICNY to new levels.

The JICNY team is happy to have Grant join us!



Meet Jessica Abo, Consultant

JICNY is thrilled to be bringing Jessica Abo on board as a consultant. Jessica will be bringing her expertise in the event and nonprofit spheres to help JICNY strengthen its brand and reach. JICNY will be partnering with Jessicaâ??s company, Match 4 Good, Inc., to produce four events over the coming year .

Jessica is an award-winning television journalist and dogged social change agent. You may recognize Jessica from her guest appearances on Nurse Jackie and Gossip Girl .Last year, Jessica played a TV reporter in Kristen Wiigâ??s Girl Most Likely and in Vince Vaughnâ??s Delivery Man . Her next movie will be out in May. She received her bachelor and master degrees from Northwestern University â??s Medill School of Journalism.

Jessica has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a variety of causes around the globe by running marathons and organizing her own charity events. Her last gala helped people in need of a bone marrow transplant find a perfect match. In her free time, you will find Jessica on a bike at SoulCycle or working on her first book, which she is co-authoring with her close friend, attorney Richard Bernstein.


Bring Shabbat Across America to your Table on Friday, March 7th

On Friday night, March 7, 2014 hundreds of synagogues across the continent will take part in an historic national Jewish event to celebrate what unifies all Jews â?? Shabbat!

JICNY needs families from the Upper W. Side to join us in hosting the 150 JICNY guests that will join us for this very exciting event!

To HOST contact Steve Eisenberg: steven@jicny.com

Steve Eisenberg Job Assistance Website

Steve's job assistance website a serious job placement site that assists Jews to find jobs that match their skills.


This website was created in the memory of Walter Eisenberg (z'l).

J ICNY Mission Statement

Jewish International Connection of New York fosters Jewish identity among young internationals, in their 20s and 30s, through diverse and inspiring Jewish experiences together with NYC Jews.

This is achieved through 4 main categories of activities:

â?¢ Jewish educational, cultural and Shabbat/Holiday experiences â?¢ Professional and social networking â?¢ Couples and parenting programs â?¢ Israel advocacy programs





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Letter from the Founders

Photo "If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it." - William Arthur Ward

Over 200 events a yearâ?¦ Weekly Torah classesâ?¦Classes for womenâ?¦Classes for menâ?¦Family programmingâ?¦ and Shabbat dinners to name just a few. It has been told to us that we are still not necessarily meeting the needs of many.

Tell us needs are not being met, and we are on it! JICNY is excited to announce the launch of JICNY Connections. A kick-off Wine & Dessert reception will be held on the UWS, Sunday evening February 23rd. JICNY Connections is a group formed for past JICNY participants and those who have not yet become involved because they feel they have â??outgrownâ? the JICNY. Created for individuals ages 35-50, Connections hopes to allow individuals to stay involved or become part of the JIC community.

Always staying true to our mission statement, the JICNY continues to be a place to meet, find out about what is going on in the City and connect to the one thing that unites us from all corners of the world - our Jewish heritage.

Please let this newest JICNY creation be an example of how we are always looking to meet the needs of our many supporters and participants.

Warm wishes,

Steve Eisenberg and Jodi & Gavin Samuels


Chairman of the Board: Organizational Update

Dear Friends,

It is with great excitement and optimism that I announce the two newest members of the JICNY professional leadership team. Jessica Abo & Grant Silverstein joined JICNY this year to help us continue serving the community. Both come with a strong familiarity of the organization and commitment to seeing our continued success.

Jessica who was the producer of our successful 2013 Gala will now be working with JICNY as a consultant and will plan events throughout the year for our growing community.

Grant who is also no stranger to JICNY, will head up our fundraising projects. Grant will be working with current and future donors to ensure we can achieve our mission.

Jessica and Grant share our commitment to volunteering for JICNY. Now that they are on staff, they'll be able to commit even more time to the organization.

Please join me, along with our board of directors, in welcoming them both and wishing the best of success for the JICNY.


Jeff Stier

Board Chairman

Support your local J ICNY community

We need your help funding our mission to provide over 200+ subsidized events for 2014.

To become a sponsor, contact :

Steve Eisenberg steven@jicny.com

Jodi Samuels jodi@jicny.com

Grant Silverstein grant@jicny.com

Dec 13'-Jan 14' Donations

Dan & Sonia $3000 (plus an additional $3000 was raised from matching donations)

Adam R. $1800 (plus an additional $1800 was raised from matching donations)

Alina F. $300

Claire A. $180

Gloria M. $36



Join our JICNY Connections kick-off event, Sun, Feb 23

Wine and Dessert Party for friends ages 35-50


WHEN: Sun, February 23, 2014
TIME : 7:30pm
WHERE UWS address provided at sign-up
COST: $30 online; $35 at door
SIGN-UP : www.jicny.com/events




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