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Founded in 2002, Reboot engages and inspires young, Jewishly-unconnected cultural creatives, innovators and thought-leaders who, through their candid and introspective conversations and collaboration, generate projects that impact both the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds. 

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High Holiday DIY Fro-Yo Recipe from Hot Mess Kitchen

Shane Hankins

Gabi Moskowitz, aka BrokeAss Gourmet, and Miranda Berman, writer for The Mindy Project came together to write Hot Mess Kitchen: Recipes for your Delicious Disastrous Life, a new cookbook dedicated to save you from the perils of takeout and bring you back into the kitchen.

To celebrate 10Q and the High Holidays, Gabi shared a simple DIY fro-yo recipe from Hot Mess Kitchen. Learn how to make it for yourself below, and read Gabi's response to her 10Q.

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Take back your kitchen in a fun, hilarious and helpful way and pick up Hot Mess Kitchen on Amazon!

Gabriel Kahane Answers Q1 of 10Q

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Gabriel Kahane is a songwriter and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. At points collaborating with artists such as Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, Blake Mills, and Chris Thile - Gabriel embarked on an ambitious solo tour earlier this year, pairing Schumann’s Dichterliebe with his own Craigslistlieder, earning rave reviews.

We reached out to him to see if he would like to take on a 10Q question, and he chose Q1.

Describe a significant experience that has happened in the past year. How did it affect you? Are you grateful? Relieved? Resentful? Inspired?

The morning after the 2016 presidential election, with a small suitcase and a handful of books in tow, I boarded Amtrak's Lakeshore Limited at Penn Station in NYC bound for Chicago. Over the course of the next thirteen days, I logged just under 9,000 miles, all without cell phone or internet, spending the bulk of my time talking to strangers in railway dining cars. The trip was intended as the creative culmination of a new staged song cycle for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (premiering Nov 30-Dec 2 as part of the Next Wave Festival), but perhaps unsurprisingly, it revealed itself to be only the beginning of a new journey. The conversations I had with six or seven dozen travelers both challenged and confirmed assumptions I had about our body politic, and led to the creation of an hour's worth of music that is intended, perhaps quixotically, as some kind of salve for our wounded country. I'm reluctant to talk more specifically about the impact the trip had on me, as I'm hoping that it expresses itself in the songs I've written. That said, I will say that despite the enormous challenges we face as a nation, I remain hopeful that there *is* a way forward toward a more peaceful and just society.  

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Rabbi Jennie Rosenn of HIAS Answers Q4 of 10Q

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Q4: Describe an event in the world that has impacted you this year. How? Why?

Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Vice President for Community Engagement, HIAS


As the plane touched down in Lesbos, Greece, where I had gone for a short trip to meet with refugees and HIAS staff, I turned on my phone to the devastating news of a leaked Executive Order: America was slamming shut its doors to refugees. 48 hours later – on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, to be exact – President Trump signed the Executive Order, betraying the values of our nation.

During those 48 hours I had the opportunity to meet with refugees who had risked their lives and their families’ lives to escape persecution, violence, and death and to hear their stories.

One woman told me, in a voice barely above a whisper, how she and her family, fleeing unbearable violence in Syria, experienced several failed attempts to cross the border into Turkey as police shot at her, her husband, and toddler daughter. They were stuffed into the back of a truck, her daughter nearly suffocating; they were beaten and tear-gassed.  It took three more attempts to make it across the waters to Greece. She was desperate to join her parents in Germany.

Mohammed, a Kurdish man from Syria, fled with his wife and two children to Lebanon in 2011, after enduring years of imprisonment and torture. When life as a Kurd became untenable in Lebanon, they escaped, walking for days and nights, to reach the Turkish coast. During the 4 ½-hour ordeal at sea many drowned, but his family survived. His 9-year-old daughter relives the terror nightly. Mohammed told me, “I will go to any country. I just want my children to go to school.”    

I sat with a woman who fled her native Ivory Coast to a refugee camp in Ghana after the government massacred her people. Genocide. She was then forced to flee from Ghana when she was gang raped upon the discovery that she was a lesbian. But here she sat, across from me, eyes brimming with tears, holding my hand and hoping for a different future.

All three of these individuals escaped persecution and violence, endured unimaginable journeys and loss, persevered, and now sat in the frigid Kara Tepe refugee camp in search of a safe place in which to begin to rebuild their lives. 

During my time in Lesbos I was struck, as I am whenever I sit with refugees, by the incredible resilience of the human spirit. It is stunning how people can survive the unimaginable. And not just survive, but rise up, and even thrive. I will never forget the group of teenage girls I met in Uganda. All impregnated by rape, these refugees gathered together to share their pain and begin to heal. At the end of a session, they rose and began to sing and dance, faces lifted and radiant. I sat in awe of what the human spirit can endure and even transcend.   

I arrived back from Lesbos to a changed America, with policies not seen since the dark days of the 1920s. But soon, people were swarming the airports and taking to the streets in protest. We (HIAS) organized a National Day of Jewish Action with communities across the country holding rallies and vigils. More than a thousand of us gathered in a sleet storm in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty to call on our elected officials to keep our nation’s doors open. Anchored and propelled by our Jewish values and history, more than 2000 rabbis, 370 synagogues, dozens of Jewish organizations, and tens of thousands of Jewish volunteers and activists have joined this growing movement. As Jews, we come with our own particular experience, responsibility, and power, and join the groundswell of people of diverse backgrounds working to ensure America remains a welcoming home for refugees.  

These interlocking events – the Executive Order, my trip to Lesbos, and the surge in the Jewish movement for refugees – highlighted for me just how quickly our nation can betray its values with terrible effects on people’s lives across the globe. They drove home the outsized impact that America has. But these intersecting occurrences also revealed the human spirit, the power of activism, and the potential for the Jewish community, together with others, to stand up, resist, and work for the country and world we envision. Furthermore, I was reminded of the depth and beauty of human resilience – something we very much need as we enter into this new year. 

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10Q Los Angeles Events

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10Q San Francisco Events

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While working with community partners, we'll also be bringing our 10Q Pop-up interactive experience to NYC, LA and San Francisco.

Check out below to find local events in San Francisco!

Check out our Pop-Up reflection booth on 9/8 with Congregation Emanu-El!

Check out our Pop-Up reflection booth on 9/8 with Congregation Emanu-El!

Want to connect with other Young Jewish Professionals in the Bay Area? We'll be there with our 10Q Pop-up reflection booth to get the connection going. Join us! 9/13

Want to connect with other Young Jewish Professionals in the Bay Area? We'll be there with our 10Q Pop-up reflection booth to get the connection going. Join us! 9/13

10Q NYC Events

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While working with community partners, we'll also be bringing our 10Q Pop-up interactive experience to NYC, LA and San Francisco.

Check out below to find local events in New York City!

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