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!

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Meet our awesome YAD Board!

Want to learn more? Drop us a line via email at YAD@Jfedsnj.org or email to join our email list!

New to the area or thinking of getting involved with YAD? Let’s have coffee! If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Connect with us!

Upcoming Events

Our Leadership


Shira Katz Scanlon

YAD Board

Danny Davidow

Leora Waiche

Nicole Berk

Dan Kukainis

Aaron Sauer


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.



Get Invovled

Looking to get involved in YAD's leadership?
Join one of our committees by emailing Yad@jfedsnj.org!

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."

What is 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 levels of Jewish communal life.

A 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 – ranging 30-40 years old. In 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 energetically participate the experiences and opportunities offered by Cabinet

Email YAD@jfedsnj.org for more information.


During this time if you would like to connect with us we would love to hear from you! Just reach out to YAD@jfedsnj.org.

5770 PAST EVENTS (2019/2020)

JEWS AND BREWS: CRAFTing the Israeli Government

Wednesday, November 6

It was great seeing everyone out at Flying Fish Brewery! Loved hearing from Arkady Hasidovich, Senior Community Shaliach about forming the Israeli Government and David Hulnick sharing his passion for our community.


Wednesday, November 20

Join a group of change-makers for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Jewish Federation family exploring our five Areas of Impact: Older Adults, Special Needs, Global Connections, Community Engagement, and Family & Youth.

Wednesday, December 11

7:30 PM
Weinberg Commons, 1721 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill

YAD Celebrated Hanukah early with wine and cheese and an EPIC dreidel tournament!


January 29, 2020

Super Sunday and Super week help raise $1Million dollars for those in need. YAD joined the effort to Make the Calls and Make an Impact!


February, 25, 2020 @7:30PM

Kigns Road Brewing Company

127 Kings Highway East

Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Join YAD in partnership with OTS Amiel BaKehila, and Katz JCC for beers and to hear from Israeli Puppeteer Avishai Shitrit share about " The Role of My Life - How I Found Myself Through Acting"

Register Here for your first beer on us



Senior Economic Development Project Manager for the Office of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

Are you new to South Jersey or new to YAD? Join us for a virtual Wine & Cheese event on November 10, at 8 pm to learn how you can "mix, mingle, and make an impact" in our South Jersey Jewish community.
Thank you to our event sponsor, Martine, Katz Scanlon & Schimmel

Event Type

Conversation and Brews

  • Jews and Brews: Israel to Silicon Valley: Why Israel is the Start Up Nation
  • Jews and Brews: Coding and Being a Jewish business owner
  • Jews and Brews: IDF General

Signature Events

  • Battle of the Decades
  • Top Golf
  • Bowling


  • Wine & Cheese
  • Dreidel Tournament


  • Super Sunday Volunteer
  • Broadway Live Volunteers