Moishe House headquarters leaving Oakland for SoCal

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Moishe House this week announced it is moving its headquarters out of Oakland, where the organization has been based since its founding in 2006, to Carlsbad in north San Diego County effective Tuesday, Oct. 1.

The international nonprofit will be one of the first participating organizations in the North County Jewish Hub, an initiative of the Carlsbad-based Leichtag Foun-dation, one of the many funders of Moishe House.

Now located at 1330 Broadway in Oakland, Moishe House will retain a satellite office and presence in the Bay Area, according to a press release, along with offices in Charlotte, N.C., and London.

Moishe House creates home-based communities for Jews in their 20s in cities around the world.

After starting with one residential house in Oakland, Moishe House now has 58 houses in 13 countries and bills itself as “the world’s largest organization serving post-college Jewish young adults.” Each house accommodates several 20-somethings, who aim to cultivate Jewish community by hosting events such as Shabbat dinners, holiday parties, retreats, book clubs and outings.

The Bay Area has three Moishe Houses in San Francisco, one in Palo Alto and one in Berkeley.

In a press release, Moishe House said a major positive about the move is the co-working space. “Moishe House will be part of a dynamic group of organizations devoted to enhancing Jewish life and identity,” the release noted.

In addition, “With five houses already thriving in Southern California and new staff joining the organization, the move will help to support our next phase of development.” The board of directors recently adopted a five-year strategic growth plan.

“As we work to achieve our mission, this partnership and space will be a huge asset,” said David Cygielman, Moishe House founder and CEO. “We look forward to Moishe House playing a much larger role in the San Diego Jewish community.”