by Harry Lindner
This past Friday a Shabbat dinner was organized by and for Jewish young adults living here in Cincinnati. Around 25 people showed up, practically at the drop of a hat.
Many different crowds were represented (hippy, DIY, professional, Jew community professional, graduate school, hometowners, new to Cincinnati kids, ages from 22-29) so it's safe to say that everyone felt equally out of place. However, one thing that drew all these people together was the idea of a relaxed, informal way of meeting Jewish people, developing relationships and grassroots community building. The warm and welcoming aura was palpable and encompassed all. Not to be too mushy, but I thought it was truly an amazing event.
The idea for the event was hatched by two Cincinnati natives, Harry Lindner and Mike Sarason. What was originally a quick, casual conversation turned into an hour long discussion about many things relating to young Jews in Cincinnati, and how both felt that there was a gap that needed to be filled. As it turns out, many other people had exactly the same feelings. Their idea quickly exceeded the amount of interest either of the two thought it would get.
The original idea was to have a place for young Jewish adults to meet in an informal-Jewish setting, organized by their peers. This follows the same vein of Chavurahs and other groups in New York, DC, and St. Louis, just to name a few. With enlisting the help of Josh Rothstein, Eric Greenberg, and Jess Reiter, this event took tangible shape.
The goal is to keep it that way; to create a community that fills the gap many feel exists right now. Many more get-togethers and events are being planned as I post this. We hope to create a new tradition and a strong community of young adults here in town. For details (location, time, what should I bring, etc.) Please refer to this forum: www.Cincinnatiyja.freeforums.org. The forum will hopefully serve as a way not only to find out about these types of events, but also to further interact and strengthen the feeling of community involvement and dialogue.