Arq helps people connect with Jewish life and culture in a more relevant, inclusive, and convenient way.
Growing up, Danya read Macbeth in Hebrew at Jewish day school, made out with a Jewfroed counselor in the red gazebo at Jewish summer camp, and sang Shabbat songs around the piano every week with her Zionist mother, yarmulke-wearing father, and siblings. She made the pilgrimage to the Lower East Side of NYC after college (which baffled her nearly-centenarian, Brooklyn-born grandmother who only went there to buy furniture), joined the board of a Jewish nonprofit and tried out hippie synagogues in Park Slope and matchmaking ones on the Upper West Side.
But she loved her potluck Shabbat dinners the most, so she created Pop-Up Shabbat, a pop-up restaurant inspired by Jewish culture and open to all, with her now husband and their friend Melissa Dain. Danya wanted more relevant and inclusive Jewish touchpoints and knew she wasn’t alone, so she founded Arq to help connect people (not just Members of the Tribe!) to Jewish life and culture in a more modern way.
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Molly Yeh, chef, cookbook author, & blogger
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An enthusiastic reader
I subscribe to SO many newsletters, and The Ish is in my top 2. Thanks for giving back some Jewish pride and culture to someone who rejected it in her youth. This newsletter makes me excited and interested and proud to have Jewish heritage.
A grateful subscriber
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