This summer certainly seemed to be an endless summer with the conflict in Israel, fires throughout our state, and record high temperatures in San Diego. With the season changing, and the hopes of a more serene fall and New Year, Federation’s Young Adult Division (YAD) said goodbye with a bang!
On Saturday, September 13th, YAD hosted a Havdalah and bonfire at Shelter Island with more than 175 young Jewish adults in attendance— one of YAD’s most successful and well-attended events to date! The bonfire was a memorable evening of music, marshmallow roasting, a beautiful full moon, and excitement as friends reunited and others met for the first time. In addition to the fun and awesome atmosphere of the evening, attendees partook in a moving Havdalah service on the edge of the water under the twinkling stars and glowing moon, honoring the Jewish tradition and uniting as a community to perform a mitzvah. YAD members were pleased to welcome several newcomers to the bonfire and are looking forward to continuing to build a strong and vibrant Jewish community this New Year.