What is Base?

What is Base?

Base is the home of a Rabbinic family which serves as a home-base, a grounding point for students and their friends. While each Base reflects the personality of the Rabbinic couple and embodies their vision for a vibrant Jewish community, every Base is committed to pluralism and is founded upon three core values: hospitality, learning, and service. 

What do you mean by hospitality, learning, and service?

What do you mean by hospitality, learning, and service?

Hospitality means we open our homes for Shabbat and holiday meals, as well as learning and discussion groups. Learning is a broad term for the study of Jewish ideas and texts, both ancient and contemporary. Unless specified for a particular study group, no previous background is needed. Service means understanding what needs exists in our neighborhoods and getting up to help. Service is the actualization of our values.

So, what can I expect if I join the Base community?

So, what can I expect if I join the Base community?

Experience the Jewish calendar

 

Learn from Jewish texts and tradition

 

Develop a Jewish social network


Build a relationship with a Jewish mentor


Engage in the Jewish value of service


Encounter Jewish diversity

What’s the big picture?

What’s the big picture?

We’re building...

 

A generation of young Jews that see themselves as a part of the Jewish family. 


A generation of young Jews living lives of meaning, purpose, and joy. 


A generation of young rabbinic couples acting as pluralistic communal organizers and spiritual leaders.


Strong networks of young Jews that celebrate, learn, and serve together.


Areas where young Jews live serving as central hubs of Jewish life.


Stronger local communities. 

What's the history of Base?

What's the history of Base?

In 2013, four best friends in their mid 20s sat dreaming on their couch on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Despite coming from four very different Jewish backgrounds — Yiddish secular, modern Orthodox, Zionist, and inter-faith — they all came to the same conclusion: young Jews want to connect, to find meaning and purpose in tradition and community, to feel connected to their neighborhood and in friendship and service to one another. They rejected the idea that millennials only care about themsleves. These deeply held beliefs fuled the ideation of a project called Base.

 

Base was envsioned as a place for young Jews and their friends to eat, drink, share, discuss, sing, and serve. Living in NYC's urban jungle presented one major challenge: Where? The answer seemed obvious — in their homes — the space that most authentically represented themsleves and their commitment to building pluarlistic, warm, and open Jewish life. In the summer of 2014, these four friends, the Co-Founders of Base, Faith, Jon, Yael and Avram, had the opportunity to pitch Base to Hillel International's Chief Innovation Officer who was working to build a labroatory of new ideas and initiatives for young Jews. With the stewardship of Hillel's CIO, and a generous grant from UJA Federation of NY, Base came to life in July of 2015, opening up its first two locations in Williamsburg Brooklyn and Downtown Manhattan.