Last night, I led a discussion with over a dozen young adults (20s-30s) in Costa Mesa to hear their ideas about what they are interested in doing for Jewish learning opportunities. Suggestions from participants included topics, locations, and events to do. It was a nice opportunity for them to have their voices heard as well as to meet other young Jews in the area.
The event, “Cocktails & Conversation” was the second such event of its kind; the first one took place in Long Beach in February, while this one took place in central Orange County. Cocktails were also offered, largely using the leftover spirits from the “Texts & Tasting” series over the past two years.
In addition to this event helping to provide fodder for re-booting my young adult efforts this fall, I am also seeking to re-brand them.
One of the more salient points to emerge was that the Biblical texts have a concern about being led astray after other gods and practices if one marries out. However, this concern then changes upon the return from the Babylonian exile. Moreover, the classical concerns were not the same as the concern nowadays about the Jewish status of the offspring of such unions.
With the featured spirit being bourbon, I was glad and thankful that the turn-out was high, with over 25 people in attendance, about as many as the previously most attended event, “Scotches & Separation”. I want to thank Farley Herzek, who sponsored two bottles, as well as Ken Schlesinger, who brought two bottles, as well as Ira Siegelman, Seth Groder, who also brought bottles. Thank you.
Now on to considering how to move forward with this program 🙂