On Sunday, September 7 Young Adult Division (YAD) of the Jewish Federation of San Diego County kicked off the new year strong with a well-attended Sunday Newcomer’s Brunch. YAD hosts seasonal brunches in an effort to engage individuals who are new to the San Diego area and those seeking to get more involved in Jewish community. More than fifty young adults showed up to eat bagels and lox, schmooze, and participate in ice breaker games to get to know fellow Jewish community members. The staff gave a short introduction about the history of YAD, a branch of NextGen San Diego, an initiative aimed to ensure that San Diego will be a vibrant, connected and caring Jewish community for generations to come, as well as an explanation of new goals and a description of upcoming events.
In addition to explaining an exclusive San Diego Birthright trip, YAD staff urged newcomers to sign up for the free 10-day trip to Israel, as registration begins this week. The staff warmly welcomed all attendees and encouraged individuals to get involved in any of the several social, professional and volunteer efforts of YAD. Overall, there was an emphasis on uniting, building and creating a strong community of young adults regardless of Jewish affiliation. In the spirit of bringing together young Jewish adults, all newcomers were invited to attend regular Shabbat dinners and a YAD Havdallah Bonfire on Saturday, September 13th at Shelter Island. If you’re seeking to get involved, or want more information please visit www.Nextgensandiego.org or contact Carly Ezell, Senior NextGen Manager, or by phone at (858) 737-7128.