WHAT IS BERKELEY MOSHAV?
We are a forming “cohousing” community in Berkeley, CA where Jewish life will be a prominent component of community life.
WHAT WILL THIS LOOK LIKE?
In Berkeley Moshav, much of the connection among neighbors will occur through Jewish ritual, tradition, culture, and values. Residents will have the opportunity to do many Jewish things together: celebrate Shabbat and holidays, study Jewish text and topics, learn Hebrew, take on tikkun olam (social action) projects, say kaddish, etc. Jewish life will help connect cohousing members to one another, and living together in cohousing will nurture our Jewish life.
WHO WILL LIVE IN BERKELEY MOSHAV?
Anyone who wants to live in a close-knit, intentional Jewish community. Our vision is to be an inclusive community of households diverse in age, income, family composition, and Jewish observance. We are open and welcoming to people of every religion, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
DO I HAVE TO BE JEWISH TO LIVE IN BERKELEY MOSHAV?
Nope. While we have a distinct focus on Jewish tradition and values, we are open to everyone irrespective of religious affiliation. Much like cohousing attracts people who want to engage their immediate neighbors in regular, meaningful community, we imagine Berkeley Moshav will attract people who want much of this neighborly engagement to occur via Jewish ritual and culture. But residents need not be Jewish or participate in Jewish-related activities, and while many of our communal activities will involve Jewish life, we will engage communally in other ways too. We also intend to participate fully in the life of the surrounding civic community, being good neighbors, hosting neighborhood events, sponsoring service projects, supporting local initiatives and businesses, and offering support and community to people of all faiths and backgrounds.
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