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    The Jewish Week
    June 6, 2014
    Robert J. Saferstein has dedicated his career to “broadening the definition of what ‘Jewish’ can look like” — one of his many motivations behind starting Friday Night Lights, a series of pop-up Shabbat dinners for gay Jewish professionals that attracts people from different religious and ideological backgrounds... »
    Next Magazine
    January 4, 2013
    Promoters to watch in 2013: The up-and-coming party promoters poised for big things in the coming year... »




    The Jewish Week
    August 20, 2013
    Robert J. Saferstein is part of a new crop of grass-roots activists putting a fresh, and sophisticated spin on the Friday-night meal. Friday Night Lights, which began a year and a half ago puts Shabbat into edgy, unconventional settings around New York City... »
    Maariv
    May 17, 2013
    My one week with some of the world's most innovative Jewish entrepreneurs... »
    The eJewish Philanthropy
    April 3, 2013
    The Natan Fund, a philanthropic foundation based in New York City, today announced $842,700 in 41 grants to cutting-edge emerging nonprofit organizations and social entrepreneurs in Jewish communities around the world... »
    Cleveland Jewish News
    March 22, 2013
    Robert “Bobby” Saferstein, 29, an Akron native, was recently awarded the Natan Grant for ROI Entrepreneurs for his work with Friday Night Lights, a series of high-end Shabbat dinners for gay Jewish professionals... »
    Haaretz
    February 11, 2013
    Last April, Saferstein launched Friday Night Lights, an upscale Shabbat dinner experience for LGBTQ professionals. The first dinner, which featured cocktails and a five-course kosher meal, drew 80 people; the second maxed out at over 100... »
    The Yiddish Daily Forward
    February 8, 2013
    Four grants to diversify Jewish life... »
    eJewish Philanthropy
    February 4, 2013
    The Natan Fund and ROI Community have announced the recipients of the inaugural “Natan Grants for ROI Entrepreneurs,” a new grantmaking partnership dedicated to supporting ROI Community members with innovative ideas for diversifying Jewish life in communities around the world... »
    Mako
    June 14, 2012
    Participants in ROI, the International Conference of Jewish entrepreneurs underway in Jerusalem, combine Judaism and sexual identity to create change in the world.... »
    JSpace
    May 4, 2012
    Robert J. Saferstein has a personal stake in the group he founded, Friday Night Lights. Saferstein, a gay professional in Manhattan who was raised in a Conservative/Orthodox home, craved a space where gay men of New York could gather for the holiest night of the week, debate religion, and maybe share a martini or two.... »
    The Showt for the Gay Sophisticate
    March 30, 2012
    Friday after Friday, we find ourselves tied to yet another Shabbat dinner with family. And while we enjoy Aunt Esther's drunken ramblings, we can't help thinking what cute boys we might be meeting if we weren't held up on the UWS... »