Young Adults

We serve as a connector for all things young and Jewish in Cincinnati. We help native Cincinnatians and newcomers find meaning and build relationships in all facets of life, from professional and religious to cultural and communal. We serve young adults (21-45) who are single, couples, and young families. We have something for everyone!

We host events of all shapes and sizes- to appeal to young adults in different stages of life and those who are looking for different kinds of programs and connections. Every year we host Latkapalooza, our big Christmas Eve party, which brings together 200 Cincinnati young adults. We also have quarterly happy hours at bars around the city, where people can get together after a long day of work and just relax and mingle. We’re putting together Shabbat dinners hosted by members of the young adult community, and we’re always looking for those who are interested in hosting. Community members are beginning to host their own meet up events, with some financial and marketing help from the YAD team. Interested in hosting something? Email Missy Goldstein Gleisser at All of these events, and other young adult and young family events from partner synagogues and organizations can be found on Cincinnati Vine.



For those who are interested in getting more involved in the leadership of our community, we have LEAD, a leadership program for young adults. LEAD (Lead, Educate, Act and Develop) was created by the Jewish Federation as a way to educate young professionals in Cincinnati about all that the community offers, ultimately preparing each participant to take a leadership position within the Jewish community. Applications come out at the end of the summer for this 8-month program.



During the summer of 2018, the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Young Adult Division (YAD) announced the launch of a brand new website and app called Cincinnati Vine. Cincinnati Vine is a central interactive hub to connect young adults to each other and the Cincinnati Jewish community in an organic, grassroots way. Here, young adults are able to create meet-ups, post information about events, get engaged in social action, and meet other young adults, with the goal being to build a strong community and create rootedness for Jewish Millennials and younger Gen Xers.



There are many ways to give back to our community. We are always looking for passionate volunteers to host an event, join a committee, or partner with us to develop some new ideas. Another impactful way to strengthen our community is through a gift to Federation’s annual campaign. Any size gift makes a difference and every gift will be used wisely to serve our community. Only when our community comes together to give, can our planning & allocations team do their amazing work to distribute funds throughout our community. There is also the opportunity to participate in the Ben-Gurion Society (BGS) or National Young Leadership Cabinet, national donor recognition societies for young adults who give above a certain level. For more information about LEAD or giving a gift, please contact Jaynie Levinson at

Young Adult Division

The Young Adult Division (YAD) represents the next generation of Jewish leadership. Our community's young professionals have the means and the energy to effect change, both locally and globally.

Professional Networking and Mentoring Center

The Professional Networking and Mentoring Center of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati works to increase networking and young adult participation across Jewish Cincinnati.

Want to be a leader and give back?

Jaynie Levinson
Young Adult Division (YAD) Development Officer