Melbourne Establishes Moishe House

December 18, 2013 by Ayal Tusia
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Co-founder and CEO of Moishe House, David Cygielman, recently visited Australia as a guest of Australian Jewish Funders (AJF) and Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) to share his journey about Moishe House evolving from one house in Oakland, California to 58 houses in over 14 countries.

Enjoying Moishe House launch

Enjoying Moishe House launch


David Cygielman

In Melbourne, Australian Jewish Funders and Jewish Care Victoria have partnered to help facilitate the establishment and operation of Moishe House Melbourne. Speaking at various events around Melbourne and Sydney, David enlightened and entertained his audiences with his anecdotes and stories of how Moishe House was established and what it took to grow it into the largest organisation of its kind, serving an international cohort of more than 50,000 Jewish young adults around the world annually. In addition, David imparted his views and insights on how Australian community organisations can engage with our youth today saying that it is critical to integrate opportunities into their existing needs and desires.

David has been a non-profit innovator since his days in high school, when he started a project called Feed the Need, a community-based homeless feeding organization that was recognized by many newspapers, radio programs as well as the nationally syndicated Roseanne talk show on CBS. In 2006, David helped get Moishe House off the ground and became the organisation’s first CEO.

David is a recipient of an Avi Chai Fellowship and the JCSA Young Leadership award. David has sat on the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Nonprofit Support Center, Hillel, Jewish Film World, Congregation Bnai Brith, the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara and the Professional Leaders Project.

David holds a degree in Business/Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he graduated with honors. 

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