Friday, October 11, 2013

Federation's Next Gen Team Kicks Off The Network

The Network

On Thursday, October 10, nearly 20 Jewish community professionals in San Diego came together at the Federation for the kick off meeting of The Network. The Network is for professionals who manage programming and outreach for Jewish young adults. It serves as a platform to mobilize the San Diego Jewish community around serving the Next Gen (Gen X and Y) population. Through networking, professional development and collaboration, it is the goal to build capacity to better serve more Next Geners and their interests. 

 Heather Wolfson, Next Gen
Strategic Partnerships and Leadership Manager

Thursdays meeting included representatives from the Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Family Service (Emerging Leaders, Jewish BIGPals, North Coastal Jewish), JDC (Entwine), Congregation Beth El (Chai Group), San Diego Center for Jewish Culture (CJC in the Mix), Tarbuton, Hillel of San Diego (North County, Alumni Engagement), Moishe House/Moishe House Without Walls, the JCC (Shalom Baby, PJ Library), Beth Israel (San Diego Jewish Experience), ADL (GLASS Leadership Program) and the Jewish Federation. Heather Wolfson, Next Gen, Strategic Partnerships and Leadership Manager at the Jewish Federation facilitated the meeting. This was the first opportunity for professionals to gather together and learn about young adult programs in the community.

“Yesterday’s inaugural Network meeting was a great first step in cultivating the collaborative community partnerships San Diego is ripe to build,” said Michael Gropper, Moishe House Western Regional Director. “Through Heather’s leadership in networking and developing relationships among young adult Jewish professionals, we will all grow our capacity, engagement resources and tools for success.”

The professionals are committed to developing a collaborative environment to work most efficiently and effectively together, and are eager to convene at a retreat in the coming weeks. If you would like more information about The Network, please be in touch with Heather (


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