Introducing Spark, a Greater Boston Jewish Community Journey
Learning. Immersive journey. Community building. Fun. (Remember the fun?) As the world gradually reopens after a pandemic-induced hiatus, CJP is launching an immersive journey to connect people to each other, Israel and Boston’s Jewish community to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Israel.
The new initiative is called Sparka word that director JulieSue Goldwasser hopes to convey the “spark” of connection and celebration throughout the experience.
“It’s that feeling that kindles in you when you have a deep Jewish moment. It is the catalyst that connects you to the people, to the religion and culture, and to the land of Israel. Spark will ignite the Jewish community in Boston,” she explains.
Spark offers two unique experiences: one for adults 21 and over and one for families. Spark small groups will make a large community experience much more intimate. Carefully configured based on location, synagogue (if applicable; you can certainly join without!) and/or age, you’ll meet about half a dozen times to learn and connect before you go for Israel.
With an emphasis on inclusivity, everyone will feel a sense of belonging within Spark. The overarching hope is to create “a vibrant, connected, and inspired Greater Boston Jewish community,” Goldwasser says, with connections that endure long after the journey is over.
Spark will be for everyone – from the young to the young at heart, for people who live in the North Shore or the South Region or anywhere in between, and for those who have never been to Israel or those who have been there several times. Through the generosity of Boston community members, grants are available for young adults in their 20s and 30s and for families with school-aged children.
Spark will offer programming for the entire community, in addition to two major trips to Israel.
The first adult trip departs April 18, 2023. This trip focuses on arts, culture, food, wine, adventure, innovation, and celebration (as designed around Yom Ha’ atzmaut), and includes customizable excursions based on adventure, politics, shared society, business and more. There is even a slope for beginners.
Then there is the family trip which starts on December 21, 2023, for children aged 7 and over (parents and grandparents too!). On the nine-day program: treasure hunts in Jerusalem, a visit to the Dead Sea, donkey rides, special excursions for teenagers, options for Eve and Christmas Day and much more, all orchestrated by CJP.
CJP launched the initiative to celebrate Israel and the Jewish community here in Boston at a crucial time.
“With Israel’s 75th anniversary as its anchor, Spark will help our community come together across our differences for the sake of connection, learning and action,” said the President and CEO. CJP management, Marc Baker. “This is a strong moment for our community to look boldly into the future and build a vision of a thriving 21st century Jewish community that engages deeply and meaningfully with Israel, the Jewish people and the world in general.”