The Jews and Brews NYC meetup group was started in January 2014 as a way for young Jewish professionals to meets others with a similar background in a relaxed setting. Beginning with 20 people at its first event, the group’s popularity has grown tremendously as it plans to celebrate its 1,000th member at its May meetup event on Tues., May 23, at popular NYC beer bar Beer Authority, located at 300 W. 40th St.
Jews and Brews NYC was founded by Rebecca Dauer, a recent transplant from the Boston area, as a way to meet new friends in a new city. The group brings together Jewish people from all over New York and New Jersey, whether they are seeking friendships, romantic partners, business contacts, or just a venue in which to hang out and have fun with their peers—and they do it over their love of beer.
“New York can be a lonely place for some,” Dauer said. “We provide an outlet for Jewish professionals that didn’t exist before, in a fun and friendly environment. I really get a sense of pride when I see our members hanging out outside the group with friends they made here, or some of our single members start dating and enter into a relationship. I can’t believe how much this group has grown in just over three year!”
Each month, the Meetup group picks a local bar or brewery that has a vast and unique selection of beers, and it hosts its events there. But that’s not all the group does; Jews and Brews NYC has hosted Shabbat dinners, planned wine-tastings, attended ballgames and even participated in philanthropic causes. The group has volunteered in a soup kitchen and held fundraisers, including one for Jewish War veterans during the week of Veterans Day.
It has been recognized as a terrific source for meeting new Jewish professionals as its group leaders and event organizers make introductions.
If you are interested in joining and attending its next event—where Jews and Brews NYC will be celebrating Jewish Heritage Month and its 1,000th He-Brew/She-Brew—please sign up as a member by going to the following site: https://www.meetup.com/Jews-and-Brews-NYC/.