About YAD:
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee presents the YAD: a group for Jewish adults in their 20s-40ish living in Sarasota and Manatee counties. This is a chance to meet other young Jewish adults in the area to socialize and volunteer.

YAD in Hebrew means Hand:
Not only does Young Adult Division = Y.A.D. but it also means we’re extending our hand to you, to be a part of our community. After all, The Federation’s vision is: A vibrant Jewish community. So let’s give it to ‘em!


Ways to get involved:

Join a giving society!

• Ezra Society* 
If you are between the ages of 22-45 you can join the Ezra Society.  For just $15 a month, which equals a night-out at the movies or 5-gourmet lattes out a month, you will be a donor of $180 annually. If your capacity is bigger - for only $30 a month, which equals to a night-out at the bar or a dinner out, you will be a donor of $360 annually. Show your commitment to Saving Jewish Lives and Enhancing Jewish life in Sarasota-Manatee, Israel and around the world.

• Ben Gurion Society*
The Ben-Gurion Society (BGS) is a national donor recognition program for individuals from 25-45 who make a minimum gift of $1,000 to their local Federation's Annual Campaign. BGS members are committed people, just like you, who understand how important it is to support our Jewish world and are stepping up to help sustain and SHAPE their communities!

National Young Leadership Cabinet 2013• National Young Leadership Cabinet*
National Young Leadership Cabinet is a six-year journey with a variety of destinations, all of which culminate with stronger, more vibrant leaders. Cabinet alumni are among today's leaders in virtually every Jewish community in North America. National Young Leadership Cabinet members are between 30-46 years old and commit to a minimum pledge of $5,000 to the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s Annual Campaign.


YAD Habitat Volunteers 2013• Happy Hour
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, join other Jewish young adults for happy hour at Sarasota’s favorite bars and restaurant. Come between 5:30-7:30p.m.

• Volunteer
Our YAD Committee chooses to volunteer with 2 or 3 organizations a few times in the year. It’s a fun and meaningful way to get involved with your community-at-large! 

New to Sarasota-Manatee or to YAD?
Let’s meet for coffee! We’d love to get to know you! And be sure to signup for our newsletter below! Contact Jessi Sheslow at 941.343.2109.




“Tribefest really brought our local YAD together. Being there, listening to the speakers and meeting new friends really showed us how we can have a bigger impact on our community and I’m looking forward to helping plan and see what we can do back home.” 
~ Abe Feder, Chair; Young Adult Division; Ezra Society Member

"Becoming a part of YAD was honestly one of the best decisions I ever made …In the short time I've been a part of YAD, I not only feel more connected to the Jewish community - but I also feel that I've made friendships that will last far longer than simply the next couple of months."
~ Cody Feder, Member
“It’s great to know that I moved to a community that has such open arms. I’ve truly found a place I can call home, made possible through my connections in YAD.”
~ Len SteinbergEzra Society Member