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!

A Message from David Hulnick - Outgoing YAD Chair

It has been an honor to serve as your YAD chair for the past two years. As I finish my term, two significant words in Jewish liturgy come to mind: "Lech L'cha," which translates to "Get Yourself Going!" This phrase sets Abram on his journey to become Abraham and fulfilling the promise of making his ancestors a great nation. YAD sets us on our journey to become more involved with our Jewish Community and to help bring us together as a community. 


This year I was fortunate to have met so many of you at our different events. Two years ago, we successfully launched our Jews and Brews series and were introduced to many exciting speakers and fun venues. This year we got to hear from our Shaliach, Arkady, as he broke down the Israeli elections at our Flying Fish kickoff CRAFTing the Israeli Government. We participated in IMPACT SNJ, where we packed food and learned about food insecurity in our community at our JFCS Food Pantry, made thanksgiving decorations with Achad (JCC Special Needs Program), and heard from YAD Board member, Aaron Sauer, as he shared his family's experience as a third-generation Holocaust survivor. In December, we had an EPIC Dreidel tournament at Wein(berg) and Cheese, where we also explored the Weinberg Commons, which will bring safe, affordable housing to our Special Needs and Older Adults community. In February, we held our Avenue Jews and Brews event with Israeli Puppeteer Avishai Sheetrit and enjoyed a great new brewery, King's Road Brewing Company. In April, we came together online and heard from board member, Danny Davidow as he briefed us all on New Jersey's response to Covid-19. The past two years would not have been the success they were without the continued guidance from Charlene Green, the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey's Director of Leadership and Learning. 
I am proud of what we accomplished in the past two years and am excited for what is to come as Shira Scanlon Katz takes over as our new YAD chair. As we go forth into the new Jewish year, we want you to know that we are here for you. If you need help or want to help, please reach out. We look forward to a time very soon when we can reconnect in person, but until then, we are looking forward to virtually connecting with you.
L'shana Tova!


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.



Our Leadership


Shira Katz Scanlon

YAD Board

Danny Davidow

Leora Waiche

Nicole Berk

Dan Kukainis

Aaron Sauer


Get Invovled

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


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

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