Young Adult Division (YAD) | Shalom Austin

Young Adult Division (YAD)


Shalom Austin’s Young Adult Division (YAD) is Austin’s networking hub for Jewish professionals in their 20s and 30s. 


Young Adult Division (YAD)

Young Adult Division (YAD) connects Jewish young adults through social events, educational programming, holiday celebrations, and philanthropic opportunities in a welcoming and open environment. Through these initiatives, YAD serves as a launching pad and platform for leadership development and a bridge to the wider Austin Jewish community, enabling Jewish young adults in the area to find their home and place within Jewish Austin.

YAD is made possible by Shalom Austin’s Annual Campaign.



Tami Gamliel

Aron Neesman
Susannah Waite
Sammi Brown
Jenna Klein
Shelby Klein
Ben Schapira
Adam Shain
Steven Rosenberg
Matthew Miller
Dana Brodsky
Stephanie Yamin
Sam Berg


Check out our Community Events Calendar to register for upcoming events. 

Apples ‘n Honey

Come ring in a sweet new year with YAD! Bring your friends and come meet new ones at one of our biggest events! Each celebration also features a “Torah on Tap” discussion by local clergy.

Sukkot Happy Hour

Join us as we partner with Chabad Young Jewish Professionals for an evening of drinks, food, and fun in the sukkah!

Mazel Ball

Join YAD for our Jewish Christmas Eve tradition and BIGGEST party of the year with 200+ Austin Jews!

Purim Party

Enjoy a night of Purim-inspired drink specials, snacks, games, a Megillah reading and more, centered around a different theme each year.

Passover Seder

Enjoy some songs, merriment, and good company at a Passover experience let by fellow YAD members.


Check out our Community Events Calendar to register for upcoming events.

Party of 8

We’ll assign you a restaurant and 7 other YAD members will join you for dinner. This is an exciting opportunity to get to know new friends and connect with old friends in a small group. After dinner, meet up with the rest of YAD at a nearby bar and keep the party going!

Intergenerational Shabbat Dinner

Come together for a fun and meaningful evening that connects Jewish young professionals with more established adults in our community! We’ll match you up to spend Shabbat dinner with other YAD members at a family’s home. Together, you will build friendships and network, bringing together generations within our growing Austin Jewish community.

Jewish and Newish

Join other newcomers, as well as the YAD Board and longtime members, for an easy way to get to know us in a relaxed & casual environment! You’ll have the opportunity to mingle and ask any questions you have about YAD and the Austin Jewish community.


Test your knowledge of pop culture, history, naming that tune and more! Get your game face on and come ready to play – bragging rights are at stake!


Check out our Community Events Calendar to register for upcoming events.

Torah on Tap

Grab a drink and join us for a discussion around a certain topic led by local clergy and teachers.

YAD 3Sixty Club

Join the 3Sixty Club by making an Annual Campaign pledge of $30+ a month.

Benefits include:
•  Free entry into all YAD events that require a donation
•  Invitation to exclusive speaker and networking events

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Alachua Haskins

Alachua Haskins

Learning and Engagement Director