Welcome to your Jewish community. Come on in.
Interested in getting more involved in your Jewish community? New to the Bay Area? Want to meet like-minded new people? You’ve come to the right place!
Based around the Jewish values of kehilla (community), tzedakah (giving with just intention), and tikkun olam (repairing the world), we are an inclusive community for young adults (ages 25-40 something) to grow and connect through shared goals, interests and experiences. Our members participate in a wide variety of educational, leadership, volunteer, and social activities that allow for meaningful involvement while benefiting the local and global Jewish community.
And don't forget to check out the calendar for upcoming events.
We have two signature young adult programs:
Young Adult Division (YAD)
The Young Adult Division (YAD) of the Federation offers young Jewish adults (ages 21-40ish) a broad range of social, educational, outreach, philanthropic, and leadership development activities. The primary focus of YAD is to develop a vigorous and vibrant local community of young Jewish adults, to engage and develop future volunteer leaders, and to raise funds to support the neediest within the local, national, and international Jewish community.
The young adults in our community come from all backgrounds and lifestyles, bringing a wide range of perspectives and experiences. YAD activities connect young professionals and the Jewish community by reinforcing core Jewish values of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedakah (giving with just intention). The YAD vision is to empower Bay Area young adults to become active participants in our Jewish community.
YAD volunteers and staff work in partnership to plan programs and events in six main areas:
YAD plans programs and events for both the $365+ and Ben Gurion Society ($1,000+) giving levels. Past events have included Shabbat Dinners, Wine Tours in Napa and Sonoma, and Neighborhood Food Tours around San Francisco *Ben Gurion Society is sponsored by Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Blue Mondays are YAD’s signature Young Adult networking Happy Hour and take place every other month. Latke Ball is YAD’s annual Young Adult dance party, on December 24.
Club Fed is YAD’s flagship social and educational series, created for those who are new to the Bay Area or interested in becoming more involved in the Jewish community. Trivia Nights, Speaker Series, and other fun educational programming.
Looking to network? YAD hosts several opportunities throughout the year for young adults to get together, network with other professionals in an industry, and hear from a leader in their field. Recent events have covered law, nonprofits, and the technology sector.
Interested in meeting new people or hanging out with friends while giving back? YAD hosts several opportunities throughout the year to come together and participate in hands-on community service projects. These events support both grantee organizations of the Federation, and community organizations YAD volunteers choose to support in the name of tikkun olam.
Young Adult National Programming
YAD is proud to be part of the Federation’s National Young Leadership programming. There are some amazing opportunities and ways to get involved, as well as subsidies that are available. Two examples are Tribefest and the YAD Summer Israel Trip.
Taglit-Birthright Israel is a free, 10-day immersive experience in Israel for Jewish young adults, ages 18-26. Through visits to Jewish historical and holy sites, authentic encounters with Israeli peers, and fun outdoor adventures, this unforgettable experience strengthens personal Jewish identity, Jewish communities, and solidarity with Israel. Over 350,000 Jews from around the world have gone on a Birthright trip – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not to be missed!
The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund is a proud supporter and financial sponsor of Birthright. Each year, we send eight buses of 40 participants each on a special Bay Area Community trip, staffed with local educators and mentors who can connect participants to Bay Area Jewish life upon their return. The Federation has vibrant post-trip programming for alumni, so that their Birthright experience doesn’t end when they come home.
Our upcoming trips
Go to Israel with your Bay Area peers! The Federation partners with Israel Outdoors, the largest provider of Taglit-Birthright Israel outings, to offer trips during winter and summer exclusively for Bay Area residents, ages 22-26. It’s the perfect way to get both the essential Birthright experience and to make new friends who live in the Bay Area.
Want to staff a trip?
The Federation is looking for energetic, passionate, dedicated individuals who are up for a demanding and rewarding experience. Contact us for an application and learn about our staffing requirements.
For Birthright Alumni
You’re back. Now what? Birthright is about building connections…so stay connected. Maybe you've just returned home or your trip took place a while ago and you'd like to continue your involvement. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. The Federation’s Birthright Experience is about connecting young adults with Jewish activities in the Bay Area that match their interests. Not only do we have an energetic Young Adult Division within the Federation, but we also partner with a wide range of organizations to sponsor cool and exciting events around the Bay Area.
Check out these options to keep you connected:
We’ve partnered up with some of the Bay’s most popular young adult groups for events in March and April, 2015. Grabbing an $18 “passport” gives you free access to seven fun events this spring. It’s a great way to sample a variety of Jewish organizations. Sign up today.
This six-month program is for a small group of participants to learn more about Israel, Jewish life, and leadership skills. Fellows work with a programming budget from the Birthright office to create fun activities for their bus mates and friends, and get to meet innovative Jewish leaders in our community. The Federation’s SF community trip bus staff nominates participants, so let your staff know if you’re interested!
Tell us about yourself and your Birthright experience! Whether it’s your local bus staff, Birthright NEXT’s Community Connectors, or our Birthright office, we are all about helping you find activities that match your interests. Contact us, or sign up to meet with a Connector in NEXT’s welcome back email.
Birthright Next DIY Grants
Want to plan a reunion for your bus? A Shabbat dinner? Or another fun Jewish experience for you and your peers? We can help by funding up to $250 to make your idea a reality. The experience you create is totally up to you, and it’s easy to apply.
Young Adult Division (YAD) Board
Board members are the volunteer leaders of YAD and act as ambassadors to the greater Jewish community. They are dedicated representatives of the entire Federation and are expected to engender enthusiasm about the importance of the organization’s work and its impact in the community. The Board serves to build a community of leaders working together to cultivate connections across the young adult Jewish community, to the Federation and its beneficiary agencies. The experience provides an opportunity to cultivate friendships, build community and develop leadership skills in a Jewish context.
The YAD Board comprises five teams – campaign, engagement, enrichment, tikkun olam, and professional networking. It is led by the President and Executive Committee, and it works closely with Federation staff.
- David Saxe, YAD President
- Sarah Persitz, YAD President Elect
- Daniela Gerson
- Tye Gregory
- Meirav Honigman, Enrichment Chair
- Mark Javitch
- Zach Kagin
- Erica Klein
- Daniel Rabin
- Yael Rosenwald, Engagement Chair
- Caroline Rubin
- Danna Rubin
- Yoni Saadi
- Lauren Scher
- Jenn Sockolov, Professional Networking Chair
- Jason Sommers, Campaign Chair
- Michael Stevens, Tikkun Olam Chair
- Stephen Woldenberg
- Olivia Zieve
Young Adult Division (YAD)
Interested in learning more about how to get involved with YAD? Please contact Lauren Becker, Young Adult Program Associate, with any questions, or call 415.512.6280.
Interested in going on Birthright? Or maybe you went on Birthright and are now looking to get connected to other young Jews in the Bay Area? If so, contact Jason Harris, Birthright Experience Program Manager, with any questions, or call 415.512.6284.
View our picture gallery of YAD events
View our picture gallery of Birthright trips