After more than 12 months of planning, San Francisco’s third Moishe House opened in Cow Hollow earlier this year.
The Marina Moishe House, at the corner of Green and Webster streets, one block off busy Union Street, has four residents, all women.
It joins the Moishe House in the Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco and the Russian-speaking Moishe House in Potrero Hill. Moishe Houses in Berkeley and Palo Alto round out the Bay Area’s lineup.
Founded in 2006 by then–Bay Area resident David Cygielman, Moishe House is now an international nonprofit with the goal of creating “meaningful Jewish experiences for young adults” through “vibrant home-based Jewish communities,” as Cygielman, Moishe House’s executive director, told j. last year.
The first house was in Oakland; there are now more than 30 in the United States, as well as houses in London, Vienna, Beijing, Mexico City, Warsaw, Budapest and Buenos Aires. Moishe House’s headquarters are on Broadway in Oakland, and there are also offices in Charlotte, N.C., and overseas in London.
The group living in the Marina Moishe House includes Rebecka Handler, a program assistant for BBYO who’s originally from Memphis, Tenn. The other residents hail from Westchester County, N.Y., Portland, Ore. and Los Angeles. They moved in shortly after the house opened Jan. 1.
Handler said the residents are hosting four young adult-friendly events and one Shabbat dinner each month. So far, they have held a “Torah on Tap” discussion happy hour with Rabbi Zac Johnson, yoga classes and Golden State Warriors playoff parties.
She added that the house’s location near Union Street has made for a happy transition for each of the residents. “It’s a beautiful part of the city,” she said. “We definitely can’t complain.”
Funding for the new house was provided in large part by the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund.
The house’s next Shabbat dinner is set for May 31. For more information or to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the “Marina Moishe House” Facebook page. — emma silvers