All in Jewish Federation
Watch out J-Date! YAD, the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin Young Adult Division, is giving you a run for your money. While the primary goals of the group are outreach and engagement, leadership development and philanthropy, participants have also found true love and lasting friendships through participation in YAD’s networking events open to Jewish young professionals in their 20s and 30s.
When Burt Kunik moved to Austin from Houston three years ago, he really missed a program called 100 Jewish Men, a dinner and speaker series at Congregation Beth Yeshurun, his longtime synagogue.
Then one evening, Kunik found himself sitting next to Shalom Austin CEO Jay Rubin at an event at the JCC. Kunik mentioned the 100 Jewish Men group in Houston and asked Rubin if he thought they could start a similar group here. The rest, as they say, is history.
After Erica Cassorla’s sister Jessie returned from a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip, Erica wanted to go too. Her parents, longtime Austin residents, initially did not think it would work out, but a trip organized for people with special needs made it possible.