A three-century-old North African Sephardic celebration known as Mimouna is now celebrated around the world with parties to mark the return to eating chametz after Pesach. On April 20, Moishe House Columbia Heights teamed up with The Israeli House and Sephardic Jews in DC to bring the tradition of Mimouna to the Greater Washington area.
“Sephardic Jews in DC was thrilled for the ability to co-host and cater a Mimouna party alongside Moishe House and Israeli House,” said Sephardic Jews in DC Founder and Director Jackie Feldman. “Our Mimouna is a new spin on an ancient custom, complete with a mix of traditional tunes and popular Israeli music, lots of delicious freshly made pastries (both home made and catered from Yekta Market), an amazing henna artist, and lots of young professionals from across the DC metro area.”
Moishe House is an international organization whose mission is to provide a vibrant Jewish community for young adults by supporting leaders in their 20s as they create meaningful home-based Jewish experiences for themselves and their peers. With 100 houses (and more on the way!) all over the world, they have reached out to 625,000 young Jewish adults in 10 years.
Members of DC’s diverse Jewish community come from different backgrounds. “I grew up in a Sephardic and Ashkenazi household, and my parents gave me the opportunity to experience so many wonderful traditions,” said Sam Itin, a Moishe House Columbia Heights Resident. “Mimouna was always a chance to come together with new friends and family, something I was able to continue to be a part of tonight!”
Moishe House Columbia Heights engages over 1,200 young Jewish adults between the ages of 22 and 32 through seven programs a month, ranging from Jewish learning, Jewish culture and holiday celebration, tikkun olam programming, and social events. Our events are public and open to the Greater Washington area’s entire young Jewish adult community and their friends. Check out Moishe House DC’s Facebook page for a calendar of events and sign up for our monthly newsletter, and visit www.moishehouse.org for more information about our and other Moishe Houses in the area and around the world.
By Alyssa Silva