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September 8, 2017  RSS feed

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JCCs and Federation experiments with new ways to connect with young adults

This fall, the Tampa JCCs & Federation will launch new initiatives to broaden its appeal to both Jewish young adults and those in their 20s, 30s and 40s from “all faiths and backgrounds” to get more connected within the Tampa community.

The new initiatives - #Gather and Impact - will replace the Tampa JCCs and Federation’s long-standing Young Adult Division (YAD) and provide new and innovative experiences to engage young adults in ways that are relevant to their professional and personal lives.

#Gather is a mix of social, interactive and hands-on activities designed to help young adults make authentic connections with their peers. These experiences will be open to young adults throughout the general community.

In its initial programming, the Tampa JCCs & Federation will explore and test experiences to offer to a variety of audiences.

“The Tampa YAD brand has served the Federation well for many years,” said Lisa Robbins, director of adult engagement at the Federation. “As our community’s needs have evolved, so have our needs to sharpen our focus on providing multiple ways for young adults to connect and to guide them along a continuum towards greater involvement and developing the future leaders of our community.”

Upcoming events for #Gather include the following:

• New Year cocktails on the pool desk at the Bryan Glazer JCC on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $5 for JCC members and $10 for guests.

• A barbecue on the pool deck at the Glazer JCC on Sunday, Oct. 15 from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 for JCC members and $10 for guests.

• A couples date night on Sunday, Oct. 21 at a time and place to be announced later.

• Art Night: Painting with Soft Pastels, on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the art studio at the Glazer JCC. The cost is $10 for JCC members and guests.

The second initiative, Impact, was created to engage 20-, 30- and 40-year-olds, who share a commitment and passion for building a strong Jewish community in Tampa and supporting the Federation’s critical efforts to help vulnerable people in need here at home, in Israel and around the world.

“This initiative will not only inspire greater participation and deepen Jewish life in Tampa, it will create an organic pipeline of emerging leaders who want to turn their passion into action in partnership with the Jewish Federation,” said Aaron Silberman, board member of the Tampa JCCs and Federation.

Impact’s focus will be centered on leadership training, community involvement, volunteer opportunities, NextGen philanthropy and special experiences that highlight the important work of the Federation, with a goal of building a leadership, talent and donor pipeline for the Tampa JCCs and Federation.

The first planned Impact event will be a newcomers bagel brunch on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Tampa area young professionals who are new to the area or new to the Jewish community will have the opportunity to meet other young Jewish professionals and learn how to participate and get involved with Impact. RSVPs are required and the address of the event will be shared upon RSVP. For more information about the Tampa JCCs & Federations young adult initiatives, contact Robbins at (813) 769-4723 and

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