As co-chairs of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s Emerging Generation (EG) division, which serves young professionals under age 40, we are proud and excited about the work being accomplished by our division. Young people and families are facing an unprecedented mixture of new and traditional challenges. Our goal is to serve them, to help them make Jewish connections, and to keep our community strong and vibrant.
Federation helps meet these goals by creating opportunities to help young adults develop meaningful connections and experiences. Through programs like PJ Library and EG Grants, Federation is providing innovative ways to engage the broad spectrum of Jewish Ottawa.
PJ Library has over 680 subscribers and is growing every day. The inaugural J-Fellows program saw 12 young professionals learn about leadership, teamwork and managing work/life balance in educational sessions.
On top of that, $8,800 in EG Grants were awarded to organizations and community volunteers to implement exciting opportunities for young professionals and families. Here are some highlights of programs created by these grants:
• Big Comfy Shabbat Dinners bring together young adults, who may otherwise remain unconnected, for informal Shabbat dinners;
• Makom Gatherings are providing meeting points for Jews living downtown, making it easier for those who do not live near the Jewish Community Campus to meet and make Jewish connections;
• Smaller get-togethers such a Men’s Challah Bake and Make Your Own Wine events, enable people to meet new friends and connect to Jewish life in ways that are meaningful to them.
For the innovators out there, please share your ideas! EG Grants is a great opportunity to build community, on your terms. Spread the word to those you know who have creative ideas and those wanting to bring more Jewish into their lives.
All these efforts are having tangible effects on our community. Ottawa offers an enriching and varied space for young adults and we are striving to make it even better. We want to prove that Ottawa is a great city for all of our Jewish futures. This is where we grew up and this is where we will raise our families. We stay here because of the community and the ever-growing potential, which we want to share with you.
We urge community members to join us, come out to an event, get connected and even make a donation. In order to keep these programs running, everyone needs to do their part to support Federation’s Annual Campaign. Luckily this year, your dollars can have a much greater impact as three families have generously stepped up to provide $500,000 for a special challenge fund that will match all new and increased donations.
We are excited to do our part for the Annual Campaign and ensure that EG will continue to offer exciting engagement events for Jewish Ottawa, like the Casino Night and Chanukah Ball, and grow the PJ Library program. We are also motivated to broaden the EG base and build meaningful and lasting relationships. We thank you in advance for your support and hope to see you at our next event!
For more information on upcoming EG events and how you can get involved, visit https://jewishottawa.com/emerging-generation or contact EG Director Jordan Waldman at email@example.com or 613-798-4696, ext. 240. For information about EG Grants and how you can apply, visit https://tinyurl.com/EGgrants.