NextGen Network

NextGen serves as the community convener of approximately 15 organizations in the community that are dedicated to engaging young adults through programs and initiatives.  These organizations represent a communal roundtable, known as The Network.  The Network, is for professionals who manage programming and outreach for Jewish young adults.  The goal of the Network is to mobilize the San Diego Jewish community around serving the NextGen (Gen X and Y) population. Through networking, professional development and collaboration, the Network is building a strong capacity to better serve more NextGeners and their community-wide interests. 

NextGen, the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of San Diego County, is the nexus of San Diego’s vibrant community of Jews aged 21 to 45. NextGen offers various channels of engagement in order to be the most diverse young adult group in the county. Our mission is to encourage young adults in San Diego to connect to the Jewish community in meaningful ways. Through this strategy, NextGen is able to attract the most brilliant and creative minds in San Diego and connect them to Federation.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." Now the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.  A leader in the development of materials, programs and services, ADL builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse groups, carrying out its mission through a network of 27 Regional and Satellite Offices in the United States and an office in Israel.


Young Adult Offerings: This nationally recognized leadership program provides 25-to-40-year-olds with the tools to fight hatred and bigotry in their own communities. Leadership Institute participants engage in a year of dynamic, interactive sessions, exposing them to the important work of the ADL and the full range of issues on the ADL agenda. Participants also have opportunities to socialize with peers, network with ADL’s senior leadership and attend the Shana Amy Glass National Leadership Conference in Washington DC.

The mission of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture is to offer an array of entertaining and enriching cultural, educational and artistic programming which brings the community together to connect with Jewish heritage, identity, experiences and values. CJC is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for San Diego's entire community.


Young Adult Offerings: Center for Jewish Culture is committed to a wide variety of cultural programming for young adults through CJC In The Mix.   As the new face of Jewish arts and culture in San Diego, In the Mix, is here to develop and present cutting edge, cultural and social programming for all young adults in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. CJC In The Mix has gained a following with its signature events, such as In The Mix Lit as part of the San Diego Jewish Book Fair, Flix Mix as part of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival and its popular Taboo Talks series.

Jewish Family Service's mission is to strengthen the individual, enhance the family and protect the vulnerable with human services based on Jewish values.


Young Adult Offerings: The Emerging Leaders at JFS are a group of young professionals that come together to support the organizations work through service, leadership and philanthropy. We offer unique and meaningful service projects and leadership development opportunities, including the San Diego Jewish Advocacy Fellowship. Our Leadership Connection initiative features exclusive, intimate gatherings that connect young professionals to inspiring minds like Ernest Rady, Robert Price and Lynn Schenk. Topics range from business to politics, with an emphasis on philanthropy and community involvement. The Emerging Leaders host an annual cocktail benefit event, Brushes + Forks, each fall at a local museum to connect young professionals to our Board of Directors, a larger community of like-minded young adults, and to the high-impact services JFS offers to over 35,000 individuals each year.


Hillel's mission is to be a vibrant Jewish campus presence and to involve the maximum number of university-age Jews in ways that foster a lasting commitment to Jewish life. Hillel does this by creatively engaging and empowering Jewish students, advocating for Jewish students needs on campus, linking the campus community to the larger Jewish community, locally and globally and helping students cultivate a closer connection to Israel. This helps students build a strong sense of belonging and Jewish identity in a nurturing, intellectual and pluralistic community.


Young Adult Offerings: Through Hillel of San Diego’s Alumni Network and Alumni Campaign you can stay connected to campus, expand your social and professional networks, and support the creative, sophisticated, and inspiring opportunities we provide to students.  Past alumni events and networking opportunities have included an alumni & family BBQ, an alumni project during Mitzvah Day and an alumni Shabbat.

Entwine is a one-of-a-kind movement for young Jewish leaders, influencers, and advocates who seek to make a meaningful impact on global Jewish needs and international humanitarian issues. Entwine is an initiative of JDC, the largest Jewish humanitarian organization in the world. JDC works in over 70 countries, specializing in humanitarian aid, Jewish community renewal and disaster relief.


Young Adult Offerings: Entwine offers service experiences in Jewish communities around the world, educational events and programs in its local Learning Networks (including San Diego), and leadership development opportunities. Entwine attracts young leaders who are interested in learning about the needs of Jewish communities in countries like India, Argentina, Turkey, Hungary, Ethiopia, Ukraine, Israel and beyond; ready to take action that will make a real difference in these communities; excited about building relationships with Jews around the world; and who are open to taking greater responsibility and more of a leadership role in the global Jewish community. The local Learning Network hosts meaningful and peer-led educational and social events in San Diego, as well as opportunities to travel the world and make a difference through our Insider Trips for Young Professionals.

The mission of Moishe House is to provide meaningful Jewish experiences for young adults around the world by supporting leaders in their 20s as they create vibrant home-based Jewish communities for themselves and their peers.


Young Adult Offerings: Moishe House is the global leader of pluralistic Jewish life for adults in their 20s. Moishe House facilitates a wide range of experiences, so that they have the leadership, knowledge and community to enrich their Jewish journeys.  Moishe House San Diego is located in beautiful La Jolla, just around the corner from the sunny beaches of La Jolla Shores. Our community of Jews in their 20s reflects the vibrancy and diversity of our region. Each month, residents host events that span the gamut: Shabbat dinners, brunches, art nights, yoga sessions, beer tastings, holiday celebrations, volunteer projects, movie screenings, explorations of San Diego, thoughtful discussions, hikes, and more. 



The Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego's mission is to promote philanthropy through meaningful partnerships with donors and community organizations in achieving charitable goals; to increase current and future support for a vibrant and secure Jewish and general community in San Diego, Israel and around the world.


Young Adult Offerings: The Jewish Community Foundation offers next generation givers the opportunity to be more strategic and informed about charitable giving.  This is accomplished through the development of "donor advised funds" and participation in next generation giving circles and speaker series.

Jewish Family Service of San Diego offers a wide range of services to help people improve their lives. Many JFS services are available to help young adults cope with life’s challenges. JFS also welcomes young adults to make an impact in their community by volunteering. The following is a sampling of how We’re With You.


Employment & Career Services – JFS empowers clients to conduct a successful job search by providing educational workshops, personalized job search assistance, resume writing, and networking opportunities.


Case Management - Professional case managers are dedicated to empowering Jewish clients through supportive counseling, crisis intervention, problem solving tools, resources, and individualized referrals.


Counseling - JFS offers individual counseling and support groups to people working through a crisis, life transition, or longer-term challenge.


Volunteer Opportunities - Volunteers play an integral role in mentoring children; visiting, delivering meals, and making home repairs for older adults; supporting newly arrived refugee families; helping individuals re-enter the workforce; providing agency clients with Passover and Thanksgiving packages and holiday gifts; and much more.


Jewish BIGPals- Big Pals mentor children ages 6-16 and help them develop self-esteem, Jewish identity, and lasting relationships that can change their perspective on the world—and make a big impact in their lives.

Shalom Baby is a nationally recognized program housed at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.  Shalom Baby welcomes new babies to the community in a social and cultural setting.  They send a lovely gift basket with gifts for the baby as well as information about the Jewish community in San Diego.  Shalom Baby offers several classes and programs for new mothers and their infants such as Infant Massage, guest speakers, celebrate the Jewish holidays and much more.  Shalom Baby is mostly recognized for  playgroups.  They introduce moms and their babies with other moms and babies of the same age group.  Playgroups are encouraged to meet once a week and are an amazing way to connect with other moms in our community.  Weekend playgroups are encouraged so that working moms and dads can meet as well. 


PJ Library is a nationally recognized program.  This is an amazing program that offers a free age appropriate book or music CD every month by mail for children 6 months through 7 years.  This program is a gift from our community to you.

Moishe House Without Walls expands on the mission of Moishe House by empowering those who do not live in a Moishe House with the financial and programmatic support they need to build the communities they envision. MHWOW is a simple, easy to use platform for Jewish young adults to plan programs that they feel contribute to a more vibrant, pluralistic community for themselves and their peers.


Young Adult Offerings: Given the basic resources to host programs, MHWOW hosts are plugged into a global network of community creators. Learning retreats around the US, scholarship opportunities, and leadership development resources are some of the basic benefits of being part of the Moishe House movement. What does your ideal community look like?

Tarbuton's mission is to strengthen the Jewish community through Israeli cultural experiences and Hebrew language, educating our next generation, connecting all ages to Israel, and bridging the local Jewish and Israeli-American communities.  They make Israel connections for 200-300 San Diegans weekly or bi monthly and serve as a cultural Jewish entry point for young adults, adults, families and youth. Programs appeal to all denominations, interfaith families and unaffiliated in an effort to build relationships between local American Jews & Israelis. Through Israeli arts, music, and cultural events, the Tarbuton offers the local Israeli and American Jewish communities the opportunity to deepen their ties to Israel and to each other.  The Modern Hebrew programs provide lifelong paths to literacy and other means to connect to Israel.  Classes for youth and adults are available, Jewish Holiday Celebrations and Israeli Plays and Shows.


Young Adult Offerings:Young Israelis and Jewish Americans, 25- 40 years of age, are connecting through social, cultural and intellectual programs related to Israel’s history, culture and contemporary life with an emphasis on Israeli film, literature, music, dance and food.  Some individuals speak Hebrew and some don’t.  Some were born in Israel, others somewhere else. Many travel to and have lived in Israel. Activities are generally low cost, laid back, and designed to introduce you to Jewish friends who share your passion for Israel.

Taglit-Birthright Israel aims to change the course of Jewish history and ensure the continuity of the Jewish people by strengthening Jewish identity, Jewish communities, and solidarity with Israel via an educational trip to Israel for Jewish young adults around the world.


Young Adult OfferingsThe Jewish Federation of San Diego is a partner of the Birthright Israel Foundation. Created in 2000, Birthright Israel gives Diaspora Jewry ages 18 to 26 the chance to experience Israel with the gift of a 10-day trip. The program is based on the belief that it is every Jewish person’s birthright to visit Israel. Birthright connects Jewish communities with Israel and provides young people with an opportunity to explore and strengthen their Jewish identity. The Jewish Federation strongly supports Birthright Israel and has created community trips for young adults between the ages of 18 and 26. Community trips are comprised of 40 young adults from San Diego and two staff that are highly knowledgeable and involved in the community. This is a great opportunity to make new friends that you can easily stay connected with (in person) after Birthright. 

The mission of StandWithUs is informing and educating people about Israel.


Young Adult Offerings: Young adults are welcome at programs.  StandWithUs is currently building out programming for young adults.

Chai at Beth El is a spiritual home for young adults in San Diego. We seek to help young adults create meaningful connections and establish a sense of belonging in a Jewish community while participating in dynamic programming that launches personal, mental, spiritual, and emotional growth. Chai works to partner with other organizations to build community relationships, ensure seamless transitions between various life stages for our participants, and inspire young adults to lead fulfilling Jewish lives.


Young Adults Offerings: Chai @ Beth El hosts a wide variety of programs including monthly Shabbat services and dinner, holiday programming – both traditional (High Holiday services, Passover seder, etc.) and alternative (Latke Cookoff, Farm Tour for Tu B’Shvat, Sukkot camping trip, etc.), educational classes and programs, and cultural events like Israeli cooking classes and paint nights. Additionally, Chai provides access to Congregation Beth El and all the offerings of the synagogue.

Tribe at Beth Israel is a group of like-minded young adults seeking a tribe of friends, spirit and ways to do kindness in our community.

Young Adult Offerings: Tribe offers participants the opportunity to explore religion, faith and culture through a wide variety of programs and experiences.

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors, under the leadership of John Klein z'l, to provide for education and wellbeing of the men and women who serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as well as the families of fallen soldiers. Headquartered in New York City, FIDF is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation that operates 15 regional offices in the United States and Panama.

The strength of the IDF, which has been guarding the State of Israel since it declared independence in 1948, derives from the selfless determination and great capabilities of the young men and women who form it. At the tender age of 18, all Israelis are drafted into the IDF. Those who serve commit to uphold the difficult tasks of defending Israel’s borders and guaranteeing the safety of its people.

The Israeli government is responsible for training IDF soldiers and providing them with the necessary tools for their service. FIDF is committed to providing these soldiers with love, support, and care in an effort to ease the burden they carry on behalf of the Jewish community worldwide.

Shabbat San Diego is an independent grassroots level community-wide, inclusive and egalitarian organization of volunteers dedicated to encouraging the entire San Diego Jewish community to participate in a unique, international Jewish identity event that inspires all Jews to experience Shabbat together on October 27th/28th. The International Unity Shabbat will take place in more than 900 cities and 95 countries around the globe.

On this special Shabbat, San Diego’s Jewish community of individuals, couples and families will enjoy the peace, tranquility and wellbeing that Shabbat has promoted since Jews received this unique oasis in time more than 3 millennia ago. It’s a day for us to be in harmony with the world, not attempt to impose our will upon it. It is a day when “all of our work is done...,” a world-wide expense-free vacation from the trials and tribulations of the work week, a way to better understand our place in the universe.
Each congregation in San Diego County will, of course, celebrate the Shabbat in its own manner with its own customs and practices, honoring this day of community togetherness and rest. The International Unity Shabbat will take place on the weekend of November 10-12  in more than 900 cities and 95 countries around the globe.