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Welcome to Tribefest, Post 1

The crowd at Tribefest

Over the next few days more than 1400 young adults from all over North America are in Las Vegas to connect, explore and celebrate what is means to be Jewish. Of that number, 85 of those individuals are from Detroit — the largest group of the 81 communities.

Tribefest is a breakthrough strategy put on through the Jewish Federations of North America to showcase the best that the Jewish Community has to offer.

It seems that the Jewish community across North America, not just Detroit, is re-rewriting what is means to be relevant as a Federation; what has worked in the past does not necessarily work now.  Truth be told, Tribefest is not your mother’s young adult convention.

In addition to having the largest contingency, Detroit has several main-stage presenters.  Our very own Rachel Wright is the National TribeFest Co-Chair.  Scott Kaufman, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit, Jordan Wolfe founder of CommunityNEXT, and Rachel Lachover, Associate Director of CommunityNEXT, presented Detroit’s CommunityNEXT, an initiative of Federation that attracts and retains young talent in Michigan.  In just two years CommunityNEXT has tripled the number of engaged young Jews in Detroit. Miryam Rosenzweig, Director of NexGen presented how Detroit is radically changing (successfully!) the approach to outreach and engagement.

What has become apparent is that Detroit is leading the initiative to adapt to the changing times and is quickly becoming an example for other communities who are looking to retain, attract and engage young people. Detroit is becoming a magnetic city – a place that keeps people here.

Sounds exciting?  Stay tuned for more! And check out the Red Thread Facebook page for more photos.

Metro Detroit’s Kelli Saperstein will be blogging from Tribefest for the next several days. Check back for more updates!





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