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Friday, January 13, 2012

Russian Moishe House puts out welcome mat in S.F.

From J Weekly,

The young residents of San Francisco’s brand new Russian Moishe House, a sprawling abode on Potrero Hill, know how to throw a good party — all in the name of Russian-Jewish community, of course. On Halloween, their roof deck overlooking San Francisco and the bay was packed with grim reapers, nurses, cops and pirates. A few weeks later, at a house dinner, almost two dozen people gathered for sushi, sake and beer.

“It’s about bringing people together, and so far it’s working,” says Vitaly Winter, 29, one of the house’s three residents.

The organization’s mission is spurred by the idea that opportunities for organized Jewish identity-building drop off after young adults graduate from college. There are 28 Moishe Houses in the U.S. — including two in San Francisco, one in Berkeley and one in Palo Alto — and houses in London, Vienna, Beijing, Mexico City, Warsaw, Budapest, Buenos Aires and beyond. Residents stay an average of two years.
 Read more at J Weekly

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