When you make a monthly pledge to Arq through Patreon, you show that you believe in Arq’s mission to help anyone connect with Judaism in a relevant and inclusive way and that you want Arq to keep helping you live more Jew-ish. Becoming a patron also helps Arq build a sustainable revenue stream and shows that you value the content, experiences, and community we create.
As a patron of Arq, you get our endless love and gratitude, membership in our private Facebook group, access to behind-the-scenes content, exclusive opportunities to connect with me and shape Arq’s future, and so much more (just take a look at the rewards in the column to the right 👉).
This is also an experiment! We're new to Patreon, and we're learning as we go. We may change the rewards or goals based on your feedback. Thanks and stay tuned!
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ABOUT ME (ARQ'S FOUNDER)
I’m Danya, Arq’s founder. (That's me in the welcome video! 👆)
Growing up, I read Macbeth in Hebrew at Jewish day school and sang Shabbat songs around the piano every week with my family. After college, I made the pilgrimage to the Lower East Side of NYC and joined the board of a Jewish non-profit and tried out hippie synagogues in Park Slope and matchmaking ones on the Upper West Side.
But, I loved my potluck Shabbat dinners the most.
I wanted fresh Jewish touchpoints that felt integrated with my life, and I couldn’t find them. I knew I wasn’t alone, and I had enough chutzpah and professional experience building companies, brands, and communities to embark on creating my own solution.
ARQ'S ORIGIN STORY
The inspiration for Arq started way back in 2013 when I was looking for a way to incorporate Jewish culture into my life with my non-Jewish boyfriend (now husband!).
Along with my husband and our friend, Melissa, I launched Pop-Up Shabbat, a supper-club-meets-Shabbat-dinner event series, which was all about fostering community and non-judgmental inclusivity. After 2 years of sold out gatherings in NYC, I wanted to connect more deeply with a broader community, so I launched a global newsletter called The Ish, a weekly email digest of all things Jew-ish.
As The Ish grew, so did my passion for making Judaism more accessible to everyone. I quit my full-time job in venture capital and began focusing completely on building Arq, which launched in 2016.
Arq is a lifestyle brand and community that helps anyone connect with Jewish wisdom and culture in a relevant and inclusive way.
We write a weekly digest of all things Jew-ish, The Ish, which includes things to do, eat, read, watch, listen to, give or get, and people to meet.
We publish informative content on our website, including:
- field guides to living a Jew-ish life, including life cycle events and holidays
- foodie travel guides, including Jewish food tips in Tel Aviv and Berlin
- intimate interviews with people from all backgrounds who tell us about work, life, and their Jewish connection
- monthly New Moon readings inspired by the Jewish calendar
- seasonal crowdsourced lists of where to go and what to do for major Jewish holidays
- and more
And we host welcoming gatherings infused with Jewish ritual and culture and rooted in community building, like:
- a plant-based Passover Seder with live storytelling and an afikoman-inspired raffle
- a women-only New Moon retreat with meditation, bonding, yoga, indigo dying, card reading, and healthy snacks
- a menorah painting class with Susan Alexandra, a jewelry designer beloved by Lena Dunham and Vogue
- an evening of connection and sharing for couples of different religious traditions who are incorporating Jewish tradition into their lives on their own terms
ARQ'S COMMUNITY (THAT'S YOU!)
Today, Arq is a community of thousands and growing.
Maybe you've been with us since the early days of Pop-Up Shabbat, or perhaps a helpful friend sent you the link to this page and you're learning about Arq for the first time. Either way, Arq is your go-to resource for personal and spiritual exploration and fulfillment rooted in Jewish wisdom, culture, and rituals.
Arq community members have said:
"Arq understands the realities of Judaism today and reaches out with honesty and warmth."
"Arq's events and the content in The Ish are beautiful and grounding, fascinating, modeling transparency and authenticity."
"I'm trying to understand my relationship with Judaism as an adult. It's complicated. Arq helps."
"Arq helps me connect to a broader like-minded + like-hearted Jewish community."
THE FUTURE OF ARQ
Now, we need your help to grow.
Our number one priority is to continue giving you the Arq you love (or will love, if you're new to the community!).
With more of your support, we can do more. We can expand our offerings and:
- publish more original content (weekly interviews! field guides for every Jewish life cycle event and holiday! more food and travel guides!)
- host more events in more cities
- launch an online community that helps you connect with likeminded and likehearted Jews and those who love them
- start dreaming up big, new projects like an annual retreat and an online store with Jewish products that match Arq's aesthetic and mission
Check out the column to the left of this one (👈) to discover exactly what we've got planned and what it will take (💰).
ALL THE THANKS IN THE WORLD
I want Arq to keep going for a long time. I want to create all of the resources and experiences you need. I'm ready, and I want you to join me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thanks for believing in Arq. Thanks for your support.