Mix, Mingle, Make an IMPACT

Welcome to the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey! For young change-makers in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Connect with us to strengthen your Jewish identity, network, and make new friends along the way. We are looking forward to getting to know you!

Upcoming Events

Our Leadership


Shira Katz Scanlon

A Message from Shira Katz Scanlon - Incoming YAD Chair

I am honored and excited to step in as YAD Chair. I have big shoes to fill, and in a pandemic no less, but I could not be more thrilled to take on this challenge! With all the upheaval uncertainty in the world and our individual lives, I know I am not alone in yearning for precedented times. The past few months have shown us how resilient and adaptive we can be, from Zoom happy hours, to virtual classrooms, to socially distanced activities, to birthday parades. So many of us want to connect and feel some semblance of normal and socialization, but we are experiencing serious “Zoom fatigue”. Since safety remains a top priority, we will not be having in-person events yet in an abundance of caution, even as things around us are beginning to reopen slowly.

Until we are ready to meet again in person, I look forward to working with the entire YAD board and collaborate with other groups near and far to find innovative ways to help our community connect, remain engaged, and be as involved as their lives allow, without having to dread another Zoom call. Until our next in-person event, I look forward to Zoom-ing with you. If you want to learn more about YAD or have considered joining the board, please reach out to me at yad@jfedsnj.org, I would love to have virtual coffee.



YAD Board

Danny Davidow

Leora Waiche

Dan Kukainis

Aaron Sauer

Erika Kaplan

National Young Leadership Cabinet

Cabinet has exposed me to so many different possibilities for leadership. It has expanded my knowledge of global Jewry and the vast needs of the Jewish community. It made me realize the power of the collective, our ability to affect change and to have a positive impact for future generations.

Email YAD@jfedsnj.org for more information.

What is the National Young Leadership Cabinet?

The Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) National Young Leadership Cabinet (“Cabinet”) cultivates, trains, and inspires the most promising young volunteers for positions of leadership in the Jewish community. Since its founding in 1963, NYL Cabinet has successfully attracted individuals who lead at the highest Jewish communal life levels.

Jewish values-based leadership and philanthropic development initiative, Cabinet engages highly dedicated individuals who embody the values of humility, authenticity, and integrity. Members have the opportunity to establish a peer group, network to share best practices, brainstorm, and troubleshoot community challenges, bringing their ideas and strategies home for growing NextGen engagement and deepening millennial commitment to Jewish Life and Federation.

Cabinet’s focus is to provide tools for participants to better themselves and their capacity as leaders through continued learning, reflection, and action – making the world a better place

Interested in Learning More?

NYL Cabinet is designed for passionate, committed, and driven individuals – range ranging from ye to addition to being nominated by a professional in their local Federation. Applicants must fill out an application stating why they want to participate in this program. All potential applicants should:
  • Demonstrate leadership or potential for leadership in their local community and be eager for future growth
  • Commit to making a difference through active leadership roles in their local community
  • Embody the Jewish values of tzedakah, Tikkun Olam, and Klal Yisrael
  • Make a minimum gift of $5,000 to the Annual Campaign in their first year, with meaningful increases each year thereafter.
  • Commit to the time necessary to participate in the experiences and opportunities offered by Cabinet energetically

5771 Past Events | 2020-2021


Drink Mix Demo

Hamentashen Demo

Virtual Costume Parade

5770 PAST EVENTS (2019/2020)

5769 Past Events | 2018-2019