Young Adult Division (YAD)      


The Jewish Federation of Greater Austin's Young Adult Division (YAD) hosts various networking events designed to allow Austin’s Jewish professionals in their 20s and 30s to meet and socialize in an enjoyable and engaging setting. YAD also plans and promotes cultural programs such as holiday celebrations and takes part in community service projects. Since its launch in 2002, more than 1,000 people have joined YAD. YAD is for singles, couples and young families.
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To find out more about all that YAD has to offer, see the information below, or contact Sarah Weisfeld at (512) 735-8052.

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YAD Interest Form: Fill this out if you're new to YAD or Austin and want to get connected to our community, learn about upcoming events and more!

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Your 2014 3Sixty Club benefits include:

  • Free entry into all YAD events that require a donation.
  • An exclusive 3Sixty Club Reception.
  • Men: No additional donation required to attend the Momentum Men's Night Out (Does not include meal couvert).
  • Women: No additional donation required to attend the Mosaic Luncheon (Does not include meal couvert).

The Jewish Federation of Greater Austin 2014 Campaign is our Jewish community's primary annual philanthropic appeal.  The Annual Campaign strengthens Jewish life and supports critical humanitarian needs in Austin, Israel and around the world.  Sponsored by the Jewish Community Association of Austin, one of 200 Jewish Federations throughout North America, the Annual Campaign provides support for social service, outreach, educational, and community building programs.

Networking Events

YAD hosts various social events bringing together Jewish professionals in Austin to meet and socialize in a comfortable setting. Events include happy hours, dinner parties, outdoor programs and other activities around Austin. If you have any idea suggestions, share them with Arielle. We want to make this Jewish community, your community!

Cultural Programs

YAD organizes cultural celebrations for Jewish holidays, including Shabbat Dinners of 8 and Shul Hopping throughout the year.  YAD also hosts a Channukah Party, Purim Party, Passover Seder and  Break Fast during Yom Kippur each year. Additionally, YAD works in collaboration with other areas of the JCAA to participate in a variety of community-wide events. Annual events include the Austin Jewish Book Fair, the Tapestry of Jewish Learning, the Austin Jewish Film Festival and the Community Purim Carnival. Torah on Tap is also a favorite, providing a monthly opportunity to discuss Jewish topics with Austin’s clergy or Jewish Educators in a non-traditional setting.

Community Service Projects

YAD creates opportunities that allow members to give their time, energy, and/or money to the Austin community and the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin's Annual Campaign. YAD hosts an annual fundraiser called Milestone and also participates in the Campaign’s annual Super Week phone-a-thon. Additionally, YAD creates various community service activities throughout the year such as helping Front Steps, participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring and in Jewish Family Service's Volunteer for Seniors program.

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•  Emergency Loans including housing (rent, deposits, payments, repairs), transportation (purchase, repair to vehicles), childcare 
•  Health Care including medical and dental emergencies, short term home health care, nursing health care, medical equipment, walkers, hearing aids, glasses, wheelchairs
•  Catch-up including monthly payments because of loss or reduction of employment income.


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Torah on Tap: A Jewish perspective on abortion and birth control

Tue, 17 Apr, 2012 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM

The topic of women's health has been in the news quite a bit lately and religious leaders of all stripes seem to be leaders in the debate. But what does Judaism have to say on the subject? Is there a time when abortion is acceptable? A time when it is forbidden? And since the Torah's first commandment is "be fruitful and multiply," can we ever justify using something to prevent that fruitful multiplication? 

Join Dana Baruch and your fellow YAD friends for an interesting discussion where all viewpoints are welcome and learning will be the name of the game. Dana is a former principal of Austin Jewish Academy, former Board president of the Jewish Community Association of Austin, and a current teacher of many adult education classes. She will rely on texts and Jewish wisdom to shed light on a modern controversy.

This Torah on Tap will take place in Dana's house. Dana lives in Northwest Hills. However, I will not be posting her address on Facebook. The papparazzi would flood her house to catch a glimpse of Mike and Dana. I will privately message everyone who has signed up (or has said "maybe") the day before the event with the address. SO BE SURE TO RSVP SO YOU KNOW WHERE THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE!

We are VERY lucky that Dana hosts us in her home every year. She will provide wine, beer, and light snackage. That should be plenty to keep you satiated, but if you wish to bring something else to eat or drink, please make sure it is kosher and non-meat.

Remember, Torah on Tap requires no prior Jewish knowledge. All levels of Jewish observance and Jewish education are welcome! And in this particularly controversial topic, all viewpoints are welcome. Are you to the right of Rick Santorum on this issue? To the left of Planned Parenthood? In between? No problem, this will be a respectful discussion led by one of Texas' best Jewish teachers.
Location: Dana Baruch's home in Northwest Hills
EMAIL for the address
Fees: Free
Calendar: YAD & J-Lead Calendar
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