As I have written before I’m on the board of Moishe House foundation. The New York Times just profiled them in a wonderful write-up. Here is a snippet:
REBECCA KARP, Brian Cohen, Danielle Hardoon and Alissa Worly, all of whom are in their 20s, share a spacious red-brick house in Philadelphia. It rents for $3,200 a month.
Brian Cohen, Rebecca Karp and Alissa Worly, from left, three of the four roommates of Moishe House Philadelphia, share kitchen duties during a dinner at their home for other young Jewish adults. But they pay only a fourth of that. Every month, an organization in California sends a check for the lion’s share of the rent — $2,400 — directly to their landlord.
Their benefactor is Moishe House, a nonprofit group founded in 2006 to help Jewish 20-somethings create communities. Its model is simple: Moishe House subsidizes the rent of groups of three to six residents, in exchange for their promise to organize events for other Jews in their 20s. Just four years old, it now has outposts in 29 cities, including Beijing, Cape Town and Warsaw.
Picture “Real World” — the MTV series — with challah.
Moishe House is run out of a rented office in Oakland, Calif. Its founder and executive director, David Cygielman, who is 28, said that its budget, provided through donations, is now about $1.35 million, or “about that of a medium-sized synagogue, and for that we do about 225 programs a month.”
Here is the link to the article: Moishe House NY Times article