Hundreds of single of Jews in their twenties and thirties have congregated in Israel for some kind of conference/convention/gathering. When asked what the gathering was about, many of those in attendance couldn’t wait to describe what they were doing there, even though they weren’t quite sure exactly. They all had a lot of energy and the one thing they all enjoyed was dressing in an extremely casual fashion.
Josh Blumberg of Peach Hill New Jersey said, “We are all very excited to be here! We basically get together and discuss Jewish things that have been discussed by many other Jewish groups.” Sharon Schwartz of another small town in New Jersey no one has really heard of was also thrilled to be taking part in the conference. “We try and get Jews together to try and get grants from other organizations so we can keep gathering and get more grants”.
While many of the Jews have come from all over the world, they all share a common bond in trying to avoid dressing in any formal wear. Avoiding the general work force also was a common theme. Jodi Wasserman, one of the organizers of the conference/convention/gathering, now commonly known as the “CCG”, was very happy at the turnout. “We are trying to officially become an acronym. We feel that will really help us. Once the CCG has stationary that says CCG, we feel people will be too embarrassed to ask what it stands for because it will make them feel ignorant. That’s when we really want to start going for larger grants. We also say ‘Tikkun Olam’ (Healing The World) way more than many other groups. I mean, isn’t Tikun Olam what it’s all about? Tikun Olam is so imortant. See? I just said it three times!”
While there are at least seven other organizations who also gather to simply talk about being Jewish and do Jewish things, the CCG does have a much higher percentage that play acoustic guitar and participate in spiritual drum circles. The CCG also has many speakers that speak about being Jewish and what it means to be Jewish, not only in Israel, but abroad as well. The CCG plans to meet each summer and will continue to dress casually. For further information go to: www.anotherjewishgroup.com.