JICNY Newsletter, Sept 2014


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JICNY Newsletter, Fall 2014

Chairman’s Corner

Jeff Stier, JICNY Board Chairman

It is hard to believe that the summer is now behind us.  As a community, we had a very full summer of programs. I enjoyed seeing so many of you at Torah on the Terrace and on the rafting trip!

The end of summer does not just bring the beginning of the fall 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. 5774 was a year of great growth for us as as an organization. We held more events, hosted more people and further increased the diversity of types of programs we organized.

We were also blessed this year with the wonderful addition of professionals who dedicate endless hours to the JICNY.  Thanks to the generosity of donors like yourself, as well as from foundations including the UJA, our efficient team of professionals don’t replace the volunteer-driven culture of our organization, but rather they enhance it by facilitating your increased involvement with 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.

Jeff Stier

Chairman, Board of Directors,




JICNY Launches a New Board

Tzedaka. Engagement. Community Building…

These are the three principles of the new JICNY Emerging Leaders Board.

The Emerging Leaders Board is comprised of 14 individuals of who believe in the JICNY mission, have been active members in the past and want to play a role in the future growth of the organization. Each board member has made a financial contribution to the JICNY as a member of the board and has agreed to chair one event/ program over the next year.

The inaugural meeting was held in early September with a motivational orientation training led by Deborah Grayson Riegel, MWS, PCC. Grayson - Riegel is an internationally recognized expert in presentation and interpersonal skills. Deborah left the group energized and motivated with the message that "Words Create Worlds". The job of the ELB is to create a successful future for the JICNY by pulling from its past successes and planning for the future.

The JICNY is lucky to have these 14 members on board and we look forward to creating a bright future ahead with them as a team.

Good Luck!


Coming This Fall...

Sushi in the Sukkah-Sukkot Across USA

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 6:00pm- 9:00pm


Volunteer Sunday with JICNY & Rgeneration

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 10:30am-1:00pm



Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ Peloton Cycle.

Come spin, shmooze and support JICNY!



Global Day of Jewish Learning

Sunday, November 16, 2014

In partnership with Congregation Shearith Israel


A Look Back at Summer 2014

JICNY Connections event "From Shuk to Table" Summer Cooking with Chef Shlomo Schwartz

Screening of Kabbalah Me & Discussion with film Director, Steven Bram

Annual JICNY Rafting Trip on the Delaware River

Iron Chef Sushi Competition with the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts




JICNY Mission Statement

As a portal 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 need 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. 


Organizational Update

Letter from the Founders


It is a great privilege that collectively the three of us have the opportunity to spend time in Israel each summer. It’s also a great opportunity for us to catch up with JICNY members who have moved back to Israel.  We host many social events and Shabbat programs over the summer. A highlight of this summer was Shabbat dinner on a rooftop overlooking the old city of Jerusalem.  This specific dinner was the first Friday when rocket attacks started falling. While many people cancelled we still had 60 people attend.  Along with our old friends we had many new friends who had participated in Steve’s recharge trip (Steve led his 18th Birthright Trip & second recharge trip!).

The highlight was having many members of JICNY team all at the same dinner - the Samuels, Steve, Stacey and Alisa Adler.   In spite of the “sound and light show” care of Hamas and with great gratitude to the IDF we had an amazing and memorable dinner. 

We are excited to share that 3 of our friends have made Aliya this summer.   One couple in particular met at Steve’s class. Andy who we met on her second day in NY in a coffee shop introduced herself to us when she saw Gavin’s kippah and asked if we knew where she could meet young Jews. She sure asked the right people! We sent her to Steve’s class to “meet” young Jews. The guy she ended up marrying was Jodi & Gavin’s neighbor who after much convincing finally agreed to go to Steve’s class where he met his now wife Andy.  A real JICNY success story - met, married and Aliya!

As we head into the New Year we look forward to making many more JICNY success stories!

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

Steve Eisenberg, Jodi & Gavin Samuels





JICNY Rosh Hashana Appeal

Dear JICNY Community Member,

As we prepare for the Jewish New Year, 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 for good than by providing JICNY the funding that it needs for its upcoming fiscal year. We need your help to continue our 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 5775 and we thank you, in advance, for your continual financial support.

For more information on donation or sponsorship opportunities to the JICNY, please contact Grant Silverstein, grant@jicny.com, (212) 749-1434.

Shana Tova,

Grant Silverstein

Development Director

Jewish International Connection: JICNY



JICNY in the Media

Read all about Steve Eiseberg's "Israel Re-Charge Trip" and "Thank Israeli Soldiers" package campaign


AUTHOR: Jacob Kimchy




Who's Who at JICNY

Michael Benborhoum, Marseille, France

Hello, I'm Michael and turning 30 this week! I was born in Marseille, France second biggest city, with over 50,000 Jews. I'm not really sure whether this figure is still correct given the massive (and accelerating) move of French Jews to Israel over the last few years.

My dad was born in Algeria when it used to be a French department. My mum was born in France but originally from Turkey. There was a large Jewish community in Istanbul and many left to the Americas or Europe, which is the case of my family.

As for what brought me to NY: work. I'm working for an airline in their pricing strategy team, which is a nice combination of math and business. So I'm the one to blame when ticket prices go up...!  My education background is engineering and management, and after graduation started to work in London for a few years before I got transfered to NY two years ago. 

On my spare time I enjoy swimming and kick boxing, running around Central Park or play tennis and much more! 

I grew up as a traditional Sefaradi jew, going as a kid to Torah classes on Sundays. Shabbat meals and feeling close to a Jewish community have always been part of my Jewish identity. In that respect the JICNY has highly contributed for me to feel part of a community thousands miles away from home, whether for shabbat meals or other lively holiday events. I've met very interesting and diverse people at every JICNY event, and hearing about the experience of Jews coming from every corner of the world always amazes me!

I wish the JICNY and all their followers a Shana Tova and looking forward to seeing you at the next event!



JICNY Spring Trip

JRoots Poland Trip

May 6-10, 2015

Join JICNY and Council of Young Jewish Presidents (CYJP) for the most meaningful trip of your lifetime!



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