Meet Jennifer Green

Today, Jennifer Green is embarking on a new project to bring Jewish young adults together.

But not so long ago, she, herself, was looking for young adult connections.

“I had recently moved to Butcher’s Hill from Parkville,” explains Jennifer. “When I lived in Parkville, I didn’t have any connection to Judaism, except spending Shabbat with my family [who lives in Owings Mills]. Now that I was living in the city, I wanted to meet other young Jews and get involved.”

Initially, Jennifer attended several Jewish events, sponsored by Charm City Tribe, a group of young adults from all Jewish affiliations, who are exploring Judaism in Baltimore City*. She found herself at the group’s Wild Purim Rumpus  and Chanukah BrewHaHa, a celebration complete with craft beer, latkes and sufganiyot ice cream at Union Craft Brewing.

Jennifer began to think about bringing other Jewish young women together for a series of Kvetch, Kvell and Kibbutz brunches. When Rabbi Jessy Gross, who heads Charm City Tribe, noticed her interest in engaging other young adults, she approached her about being a Charm City Connector.

Soon, Jennifer was meeting up with newcomers to the city, talking to them about Jewish experiences in Baltimore.

“We would meet over coffee or drinks,” she says. “I’d talk to them about their interests and let them know what was going on in the community. I’d also help them connect to other Jewish young adults with similar interests.”

“In fact,” she adds, “I even met a great friend as a connector and recently attended her wedding.”

Her volunteer work as a Connector led Jennifer to the decision to spearhead her own Jewish experience for young adults. Working with her close friend, David BenMoshe, the two decided to bring Jews on Bikes to Baltimore.

Part exercise, part social, part spiritual – Jews on Bikes aims to bring Jews together for a series of bike rides in Baltimore City, culminating with a Havdalah services and happy hour. To help fund the program, the two applied for and received a microgrant from The Associated’s JBIG initiative. JBIG provides grants, up to $1,000 each, to fund new ideas to foster Jewish community and Jewish identity.

“When I moved to the city, Charm City Tribe welcomed me to the Jewish community. I am so happy that I can now give back to the community that opened its arms to me.”

*Charm City Tribe is a program of the JCC.

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