NextGen is Planting Seeds for the Future

Last Sunday, NextGen partnered with the new Coastal Roots Farm for an afternoon of tree planting and farming.  “We seeded about 1,000 trees, planted about 400 tubers, and filled in 300' of trench, but more than that, it was as inspiring as ever to get the chance to engage folks in the process,” said Yasha Magarik, Farm Arborist at Coastal Roots Farm. “I know that landscape's still pretty raw, but through your efforts, we're gradually transforming it into a more beautiful, productive, ecologically valuable place. So thank you.”

This event was organized by Maya Rich who is the Tikkun Olam Chair on the NextGen Programming Board.  Maya’s next program is scheduled for January 16, 2016. 

In partnership with Congregation Beth Israel, NextGen has arranged to have 2 young professional tables for Shabbat lunch and study session with Ruth Messinger, retiring president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS).  Ms. Messinger is a member of the faculty of the Union for Reform Judaism and has received five honorary degrees from major American rabbinical seminaries.

She is frequently on media lists of prominent Jewish leaders. The Huffington Post included her as one of the “10 most inspiring women religious leaders of 2012” and The Jewish Daily Forward placed her on their list of prominence nine years in a row. 

The catered lunch begins promptly at 12:15 and Ms. Messinger will focus on Tikkun Olam, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.  If you’d like to attend, you must register (we have 20 seats available on a 1st come basis).  You can register here: 

Do you have questions or want to be more involved? Contact Maya Rich at


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