Hakhel Spotlight: FED

FED is a community where people from diverse backgrounds, professions, and walks of life come together for open and honest dialogue; delicious, vegetable-forward food; and the creative energy and ideas of others in attendance. Each event provides motivational, entertaining content that exposes you to ideas, art, and stories that you may not have previously considered, including through FED talks (akin to TED talks in length and style), musicians, comedians, dancers, or other artistic performers.

FED is a vision for an ideal Jewish community that is powered by the Jewish values of hospitality, openness, and dialogue, and explores and incorporates Jewish themes, holidays, and experiences. For instance, we recently held two Passover seders (pictured here) with a specially written haggadah, focusing on taking guests on a journey toward creativity and empowerment through incorporating storytelling, improv techniques – and amazing food, of course!

This creativity with the tradition and how it can inspire reflection, help us find and realize a sense of purpose, and be our best selves is what Judaism (and FED) is all about.

FED is based in New York City and has also hosted gatherings in Be’er Sheva, Paris, San Francisco, and Boston. This week, FED is traveling to Mallorca! This island off the coast of Spain has a fascinating history, where the Inquisition is still fresh and the Jews are thirsty for Jewish culture and excitement. The first Limmud Mallorca festival last year made a huge impact on the community. This year, our group of Jewish innovators joins Limmud and also hold an all-denominational Shabbaton the preceding Shabbat, featuring a musical Kabbalat Shabbat with JewSalsa (another Hakhel community), a Shabbat dinner and lunch with FED talks, and a tour of Jewish Mallorca – activities designed for sharing, connecting, and creating magic between the FED Shabbaton participants and the local community. The FED Shabbaton is made possible by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation Grassroots Events Program.

Whether in NYC, Mallorca, or somewhere in between, we would love for you to join in FED activities for creativity, self-discovery, collaboration, and yes, community! In particular, this summer we will be hosting events that are part of FEDStage, the performative incubator of the FED Community, which encompasses everything from performances of musical works and lecture recitals, open workshops and recording sessions, dance showcases and slam poetry, and let-your-hair-down cabarets, in a mashup with Jewish holidays, texts, rituals, and experiences. Peruse our upcoming events and join us at www.fedsocial.co.  


FED is a Hakhel community. Learn more about Hakhel – the first-of-its-kind Jewish Intentional Communities Incubator.

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