One of the most important things to know about me is that I've always struggled with the notion of "home" because I don't feel like I'm from anywhere. It's not generally an accepted answer to say that I'm from the Jewish community, or that my home is in the Jewish community, but that's how I feel. I used to tell people that I was from the city where my summer camp is because it's the most consistent place in my life and where I met my closest friends, who are basically family. No matter where I lived, I found friends within the Jewish community.
It can be scary and lonely to move to a city and not know anyone, which is why I’m thrilled that in my role at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, I work with a team of ambassadors who serve as that welcoming committee for Jewish young adults here in Cincinnati.
Since starting this job six months ago, I’ve had the opportunity to meet people who are brand new to Cincinnati, Cincinnati natives, returners, and transplants who have been here as little as a few days and as long as ten years. There is at least one person in each of these groups who is looking to meaningfully connect with this community, and we want to help each of them…each of you. That’s why you don’t have to be new to Cincinnati to connect with an ambassador. Ambassadors are here for everyone!
Missy, this is all great, but I still don’t really understand what an ambassador DOES.
That’s perfectly understandable. Let me break it down.
Each ambassador is a young adult who is involved in the Cincinnati Jewish community. They are involved in different organizations (both Jewish and not) and with different groups of people; they live in different parts of town, and they are at different stages of life; in addition to that, they all have unique personal interests. Ambassadors greet Cincinnati newcomers and interested Cincinnatians at events, through myself and Jaynie, or by being introduced by other community members. They help those they meet orient to the city and connect to the Jewish community. The ambassadors’ extensive networks can connect you to cool dance exercise classes (Andrea), Jewish mommy and me classes (Ami), or any Jewish organization you might want to be involved with (Rotem). They are such a wealth of information, and I sincerely hope you connect with them. You’ll be glad you did!
We're looking for a few new people to join our ambassador team for 2019. We're seeking individuals, couples, young parents, natives, and transplants. Share your network with our community and help others get involved. Worried that you don't know about everything that's happening in the community? Don't worry-we're going to do an overview of all the community organizations and ways to get involved so you can be knowledgeable about the opportunities that our community has to offer.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to me, Missy Goldstein Gleisser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Missy Goldstein Gleisser is the Maurice and Esther Becker Networking and Mentoring Coordinator and the Young Adult Division (YAD) Engagement Officer. She joined the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati in June 2018 and is excited to be part of the YAD team. Missy connects Cincinnati Jews with one another, partners with other Jewish agencies to create community among Cincinnati Jewish young adults, and works to show newcomers what a wonderful and welcoming place Cincinnati is. She also helps manage Cincinnati Vine and coordinates the blog/news that you will see posted here. In her spare time Missy enjoys exploring Cincinnati restaurants with her husband Rob (recommendations welcome), expanding her baking and cooking repertoire, and running to get to know her neighborhood better (shout out, East Walnut Hills). If you are new to Cincinnati or looking to get involved, please reach out to Missy at Mgoldsteingleisser@jfedcin.org.