A Jewish home kindles flames to celebrate Shabbat and holidays.

A Jewish home provides nourishment and joy to all who participate.

A Jewish home is filled with laughter and tears that inscribe important moments of the day in the hearts of those who dwell in its midst.

A Jewish home welcomes strangers, and makes them friends.

A Jewish home is filled with images of Jews in the struggle to be connected to this world in a passionate and value based manner.

A Jewish home is filled with books.  Books that include the deep wisdom of Torah, the resilience of our people, its vision, and the struggles of the day.

A Jewish home is filled with learning, and honor for learning.

A Jewish home is filled with the smells of soup cooking on the stove.

A Jewish home celebrates birth as a community celebration.

A Jewish home shares the burden of loss, and is the center of comfort during mourning.

A Jewish home makes food a source of delight, a medium of values and vision, and a means of replenishment.

A Jewish home is filled with extended family or friends at least weekly.

A Jewish home is filled with stories that have deeper meanings, and are sources of humor and delight.

A Jewish home celebrates joyfully, and has its symbols of joy -wine (or grape juice) drunk in moderation, singing, and blessings.

A Jewish home promotes a love of Torah, a collective vision of our people, a celebration of deep learning, and encourages each member of a family to hone their gifts and to share them passionately with others.

A Jewish home shares its delight with all faiths.

A Jewish home brings singles together in search of a life’s partner.

A Jewish home helps further the search for life’s work.

A Jewish home does not turn away from the pain of the day.

A Jewish home shares its blessings.

A Jewish home shares the burden of angst that derives from living in this world.

A Jewish home revives the spirit.

A Jewish home is a source of well being.

A Jewish home celebrates the sacred.

A Jewish home is the glue of neighborhood.

A Jewish home is the building block of community.

A Jewish home cooks meals at important times, and provides food to those celebrating birth, in need of healing and support, facing loss.

A Jewish home is “secured” by a mezzuzah on its doorposts that proclaims a relationship to being aligned with G-d’s work in this world, to all who pass through its doors.

A Jewish home makes rest and replenishment holy.

A Jewish home celebrates the sacredness of a “world of doing” and serves as an “island of being” on Shabbat and holidays.

A Jewish home cannot desist from collective concern.

A Jewish home is not blind to pain.

A Jewish home celebrates heroism.

A Jewish home remembers major triumph over pain.

A Jewish home celebrates history.

A Jewish home envisions the future as more perfect, and sees its mission as bringing that future into reality.

A Jewish home has a tzedakah box, to be filled out of a recognition of our blessings and an obligation to play our part in making the world a better place.

There are so many of us who have wandered from our Jewish homes, that we must intentionally recreate them in our lives.  Gesher’s mission is to reseed the vibrance of Jewish homes.