Rabbi Mark Wildes Speaking at Jewish Center of Atlantic Beach

Rabbi Mark Wildes – Scholar in Residence

This Shabbat, July 15, Rabbi Wildes will be guest speaker at Jewish Center of Atlantic Beach!

Services begin @ 9am | Sermon @ 10:30am
Jewish Center of Atlantic Beach
100 Nassau Avenue, Atlantic Beach

Rabbi Mark Wildes will speak on:
“Less Talk, More Action
: Jewish Continuity & The Power of the Mitzvah”

As always, MJE West will host its regular Shabbat programming including Friday Night Lights, Friday Night Dinner, Cafe Connect, and Shabbat Morning Services at 9:30am! Ruthie Braffman Shulman will be speaking Saturday morning on: “The Secret to Jewish Life”.
Click Here for MJE West Shabbat Info


ABOUT RABBI MARK WILDES
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Rabbi Mark Wildes is the Founder and Director of Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE), a highly successful Jewish outreach and educational program that engages and reconnects unaffiliated Jewish men and women in their 20’s/30’s with Judaism and the Jewish community.

Rabbi Wildes earned a BA in Psychology from Yeshiva University, a Law Degree from the Cardozo School of Law, a Masters’ degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (Yeshiva University).

After serving in rabbinic and outreach positions at Ohab Zedek and Kehilath Jeshurun and teaching at Ramaz and Stern College, Rabbi Wildes established MJE, dedicated to combating intermarriage and assimilation. In its 18 years of existence, MJE has successfully reconnected thousands of previously unaffiliated Jewish men and women with Judaism and the Jewish community, hundreds of whom are today living lives of Torah and mitzvot and sending their children to Yeshiva Day Schools.  Operating from its three locations in the city, with a talented staff of 15 full-time professionals, MJE’s inspirational Shabbat Dinners, Beginners Services, Retreats, Classes, Holiday Events and Trips to Israel have touched the lives of thousands of young Jews and provided a venue through which 279 Jewish couples have married.

Rabbi Wildes also teaches an outreach training seminar at RIETS, Yeshiva University’s rabbinical school. He and his wife Jill and their 4 children live on the upper West Side where they maintain an open home for newcomers and friends alike.

Marchers turn out in NYC for annual Celebrate Israel parade

Survivor of Six Nazi Death Camps Tells His Story

NACHAS NEWSLY MAY 2017

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FORMER IDF LONE SOLDIER TO RECEIVE MJE STUDENT RECOGNITION AWARD


Loren Baum grew up in Albany, NY and after college decided to attend graduate school in Israel.  Upon graduating he served in the Israel Defense Forces after which he moved to New York City where he met Rabbi Jonathan Feldman and started coming to MJE.  With little background or education in Judaism, Loren soon became a regular at MJE and over the next two years attended classes, Shabbat, and MJE events growing steadily in his observance. This past January he married Yaffa Faena and will be receiving the Student Recognition Award at the MJE East dinner in June!




MJE SUCCESSES MARCH – MAY 2017



MJE PESACH 2017 BY THE NUMBERS 

FIRST NIGHT SEDERS: We had 81 attendees at Bedford Park for First Seder at Downtown MJE and another 69 at the first Seder at MJE West. Another 27 MJE’ers had a Seder with an MJE Rabbi or MJE Host Family for a total of 177 participants.

SECOND NIGHT SEDERS: We had 115 people at the Second Seder at MJE West led by Rabbi Shuki & Sara Klein and another 19 MJE’ers had a Seder with an MJE Rabbi or MJE Host Family for a total of 134 participants for the second night.

HOSPITALITY: MJE set up 61 people for home

(MJE staff and MJE host families/Fusion) hospitality meals the first days, and 50 people for the second days plus another 35 on Chol Ha’Moed Shabbos.

PASSOVER PREP: 81 MJE participants sold their chametz. Several individuals also Kashered their kitchens and many have checked our list of kosher restaurants and options of where to eat during Chol Ha’Moed and sent in questions to our Rabbis and educators before and throughout the holiday.



YOM HASHOAH WITH THE MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE

On Monday, April 24, MJE partnered with the Museum of Jewish Heritage and Young Friends of The Museum to deliver “Stories of a Survivor and Memorial Service”. We were joined by 460 young professionals for an incredibly meaningful night of mourning, reflection and healing. Rabbi Mark Wildes delivered opening remarks encouraging everyone in the audience to not just commemorate the Shoah by attending a memorial service, but to honor the memory of the 6 million lost by doing something authentically and positively Jewish this year – celebrating Shabbat, going to a Hebrew or Jewish studies class, taking a trip to Israel…etc.

Dr. Moshe Avital, in interview with Miriam Leichtling, shared his absolutely incredible story of surviving Auschwitz, other camps and a death march after losing almost his entire family. To this day, Dr. Avital is a man of great faith and Torah observant. It was his love of Judaism and his warm memories of Shabbat and holidays with his family that gave him the will to go on during the hardest, loneliest times. The audience beamed with pride as Dr. Avital recounted his participation in creating the modern State of Israel as a refugee who snuck into British Palestine, escaped prison, and fought bravely for the Haganah in Israel’s War of Independence.


YOM HAZIKARON/ YOM HA’ATZMAUT

Under the leadership of MJE West Director Atara Neuer, MJE partnered with The Jewish Center and other UWS shuls (Kehillat Reim Ahuvim, Ramat Orah, WSIS and Ohav Zedek) to put on our largest Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut program yet! We had 591 registered attendees with over 100 people showing up at the door. The event was made possible with the generous support of JCC Manhattan, UJA-Federation of New York and the UWS Celebrates Israel Initiative.

We started the evening with an absolutely packed Mincha service lead by Rabbi Mark Wildes (CLICK HERE FOR HIS TALK). We then had a very moving Yom Hazikaron memorial service lead by Matt Schwartz and other former Chayalim/ Lone Soldiers who shared memories of their friends who fell in combat. Beautiful tunes were sung by A Cappella group Six13, and we held a moment of silence for our holy brothers and sisters who gave their lives to protect the Jewish People.
We said a prayer for the State of Israel, and sang a triumphant Ha Tikvah, and transitioned to the festivities of Yom Ha’atzmaut which kicked off with giant circles of mitzvah dancing! Hundreds of young professionals ate Israeli food and blue and white cupcakes, and enjoyed a concert by Six13 well into the night.


COMMUNITY NACHAS


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY!
Former MJE Fellows Kathy Shira Felberbaum & Gilad Kedem gave birth to a daughter, Yael Haddasah
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Former MJE Fellow Jennifer Cohen & Danny Cohen gave birth to a daughter, Revital Chaya
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MJE Participant Arnie Nebtakov and Jaclyn Frey got engaged
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MJE Senior Educator Chani and Dr. Alan Perlman gave birth to a son, Eliezer Yakir
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Former MJE Fellow Jennifer and Geoffrey Platt gave birth to a son, Jack Alexander (Yaakov)
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Former MJE Fellow Daniel Remin and Fruma Reiss got married
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Josh and Former MJE Fellow Sara Lewisohn gave birth to a daughter, Nora Sydney
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Eva Reichenberg and Zizi Mincovetzky got engaged
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Former Fusion Leader Becky (Gabin) and Pinchas Nissani gave birth to a son, Kaleb Obadyah
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MJE Senior Fellow Elyssa Plotkin and Jonathan Tannenbaum got engaged
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Former Fusion Leader Ari and Elianna Platt gave birth to a daughter
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MJE Participants Dan and Melissa Paretsky gave birth to a son
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MJE Wednesday Night Learning Tutor Amy Kohen and Sam Sroka got married
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MJE Participants Dassi Fant and Gillad Matityahu got married


RABBI WILDES SECURES BOOK DEAL!


RABBI MARK WILDES SIGNS WITH SKYHORSE PUBLISHING

Rabbi Wildes is in the process of writing his first book! The book will present Jewish wisdom, culled from some of Rabbi Mark’s classes and sermons, to help today’s generation find greater meaning and happiness in an age of instant gratification and too many choices.

Skyhorse Publishing has signed on to publish the book and is working closely with Rabbi Wildes to prepare it for the shelves. The company has had forty-six New York Times bestsellers and has over 6,500 titles in print!

MJE Board Member George Rohr will be dedicating the book.


IN THE NEWS

RABBI MARK WILDES DISCUSSES YOM HASHOAH ON PBS METROFOCUS/ CHANNEL 13

 
What does it mean to actively remember?

RABBI MARK WILDES ON “JM IN THE AM”

 
Nachum Segal gets an update from Rabbi Mark Wildes with a focus on the upcoming MJE trip to Israel.

MJE’S YOM HAZIKARON/ YOM HA’ATZMAUT PROGRAM WRITTEN UP IN NY BLUEPRINT

 
“Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut Bridged for an Evening”
by Maya Klausner

RABBI MARK WILDES QUOTED IN JERUSALEM POST

 
“Does Death Penalty Meet Jewish Values?”
By Danielle Ziri
WILDES ON THE ROAD

UPCOMING

ELI TALKS
On Thursday May 25, Rabbi Mark Wildes will be speaking on “Failing Forward” as part of the ELI Talks spring series, hosted at the JCC Harlem. ELI Talks is the “Jewish Ted Talks”, and recorded segments attract tens of thousands of online viewers. Tickets can be PURCHASED HERE for the night Rabbi Wildes is speaking.
TEANECK SHABBATON
Rabbi Mark Wildes, Rabbi Pinny Rosenthal and Executive Director David Miller will bring a group of over 30 MJE participants to Teaneck, NJ for a Shabbaton the weekend, May 12th – 13th . Rabbi Wildes will speak at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun on Shabbat morning.

PAST

HODS 5K RACE 
Rabbi Mark Wildes participated along with MJE staff member Yael Haller and MJE participant Scott Brenner in the Halachic Organ Donation Society 5k race this past Sunday, May 7. Footage of Rabbi Wildes running was shown on CBS Channel 2! Half the money raised went to MJE and half to raise awareness for this important cause.
 
JEWISH JOURNEYS
On Sunday March 19th – Rabbi Wildes spoke on the topic of “Reaching Out & Searching Within” to Jewish Journeys of Northern New Jersey part of The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Program in Bergenfield, NJ.
PASSOVER SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE

Rabbi Wildes was a Scholar in Residence at the prestigious PGA Passover Program in Palm Beach, Florida over Pesach.

Rabbi Mark Wildes runs in the HODS race: Interviewed by CBS Radio

RABBI MARK WILDES RUNS
5K HODS RACE & IS INTERVIEWED BY CBS RADIO

Rabbi Mark Wildes participated along with MJE staff member Yael Haller and MJE participant Scott Brenner in the Halachic Organ Donation Society 5k race on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Footage of Rabbi Wildes running was shown on CBS Channel 2, and CBS radio interviewed him for a short segment about the race and the cause (Listen below). Half the money raised went to MJE and half to raise awareness for this important cause.

Rabbi Mark Wildes on radio: JM in the AM

Watch: Rabbi Mark Wildes on PBS Discussing Yom Hashoah

RABBI MARK WILDES ON PBS METROFOCUS
The Meaning of Yom Hashoah with Anchor Jack Ford

Rabbi Mark Wildes explains Yom Hashoah – PBS MetroFocus

Why is Yom Hashoah so important? How do we actively remember? How do we ensure “Never Forget” and “Never Again” are more than just slogans? Rabbi Mark Wildes on MetroFocus, Thirteen WNET New York, PBS with anchor Jack Ford.

Posted by Manhattan Jewish Experience on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Yom Hashoah 2017 Press Release

mje logo greyYF High Resolution LogoContact: Michelle Soffen
Email: soffenmje@gmail.com
Date: 4/20/2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Stories from a Survivor and Memorial Service
Young Professionals Holocaust Remembrance Day/Yom HaShoah Commemoration on April 24

Preserving the Memory of the Holocaust with the Next Generation at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

(New York, NY) — With a focus on how the next generation can ensure that those who perished and survived the Holocaust are never forgotten, young professionals will gather on Holocaust Remembrance Day for Stories from a Survivor and Memorial Service on Monday, April 24 at 7:00 P.M. at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan, presented in partnership by the Young Friends of the Museum and Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE).

Since 2015, the Young Friends of the Museum of Jewish Heritage has partnered with Manhattan Jewish Experience to host the event, which has been at capacity, with more than 300 participants.

A special candle lighting ceremony and memorial service will be followed by an intimate interview with Dr. Moshe Avital, who survived Buchenwald and fought in the Haganah during Israel’s War of Independence. Unique and personal, this discussion not only recounts important personal history, but also places an emphasis on the responsibility of the next generation to preserve the memory of the Holocaust. Opening remarks will be given by the Museum’s President and CEO, Michael S. Glickman and MJE’s Founder and Director, Rabbi Mark Wildes.

In observance of Yom HaShoah, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust honors the indomitable spirit of Holocaust survivors and the memory of the six million Jews who perished by offering free entry to exhibitions, extended hours, and a roster of meaningful programs – with a focus of passing on these stories and history to the next generation – from April 19 to April 30. See the complete schedule at www. mjhnyc.org/remember

What: Stories from a Survivor and Memorial Service

When: Monday, April 24, 2017 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Where: Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Place, Lower Manhattan

Who: Young professionals ages 21-39.

Cost: Tickets are $5. Purchase tickets at mjhnyc.org/yomhashoahservice or at the Museum on the day of the event. All proceeds support Holocaust education.

#StoriesSurvive


About Young Friends of the Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Young Friends of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust are a group of young professionals (ages 21-39) who are involved in an array of dynamic programming that celebrates Jewish heritage and preserves Holocaust memory. Programs range from previews of the Museum’s exhibitions, holiday parties, intimate networking events, and educational programs and special events to honor Holocaust survivors. www.mjhnyc.org/youngfriends

About Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE)

Founded by Rabbi Mark N. Wildes in 1998, Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE) is a warm and open community serving over 10,000 NYC young professionals from their three sites in Manhattan: West Side, East Side and Downtown. Through social, cultural, spiritual and educational events, young men and women can explore Jewish life and meet new people. Their ongoing Shabbat Dinners, Weeknight Classes, Holiday Parties, Weekend Retreats and Trips to Israel attract thousands of 20s and 30s. To learn more visit www.jewishexperience.org or call us at 212.787.9533.

 

About the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust has thrived for nearly two decades along the waterfront of New York Harbor, and was created as a living memorial to those who perished, as well as those who survived, 75 years ago. Established as a place of learning and reflection, a repository for artifacts and information, and a catalyst for dialogue across all age groups about vital lessons of Jewish history, the Museum serves both local and global communities and creates opportunities for diverse audiences to engage with history and to consider its relevance to the present. Since 1997, the Museum of Jewish Heritage has welcomed more than two million visitors. The Museum receives general operating support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.  www.mjhnyc.org

  

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