Detroit’s Appeal



CommunityNEXT’s Summer Term shows young adults what Detroit has to offer.

For the past three summers, CommunityNEXT has been bringing together groups of young adults who are home from college to show them all that Detroit has to offer. This annual project is called Summer Term, and this year it runs until Aug. 25.

Rachel Taubman
Rachel Taubman

Rachel Taubman of Farmington Hills, who is coordinating the program this year, says, “We want programming that will target college students when they’re home for the summer to show them that Detroit is a viable place for them to be in the future and that there’s a lot to do for fun when they’re home from school.”

Summer Term aims to show students what Detroit has to offer them as a place to settle after they graduate by not only showing them job opportunities available in the city, but also the social aspects of Motown.

“If we have the jobs here, they still need something fun to do, so we’re showing them that there is lots of programming going on for them,” Taubman says.

During Summer Term, a variety of different types of programming, such as Tigers games, Shabbat dinners and Torah on Tap, draws in a variety of people.

“This is a way for them to connect with the community while they’re home from college,” Taubman says. “It’s an introduction to our Jewish community. We’re here to offer them fun summer programs and then show them that NEXTGen and CommunityNEXT have programs to offer them beyond Summer Term and that there’s a young adult community here that they can connect to.”

Summer Term graphicSummer Term incorporates some of CommunityNEXT’s monthly events, such as Torah on Tap at Dick O’Dows in Birmingham and Good Shabbos Dinners at different synagogues in the community. These events “engage our young adults where they’re at,” Taubman says, “meeting them at the bar or for a Shabbat dinner once a month to get together.”

There are also events during Summer Term that are exclusive to summer, such as a kayaking trip. For her, the most exciting event coming up is Live! Work! Play! In the D! on Monday, July 29. This event takes young adults into Downtown Detroit and shows them around, tells them about businesses and start-ups and introduces them to other young adults already living there; it is a chance to network and make connections in the city.

Popular CommunityNEXT events outside of Summer Term include Latke Vodka during Thanksgiving and the Detroit Epic Event, which drew close to 800 people last year. Events such as the Do It For Detroit Fund’s micro-grant competitions happen multiple times throughout the year, including during Summer Term on Thursday, June 27.

For more information on upcoming CommunityNEXT Summer Term events, visit, or contact Rachel Taubman at or (248) 205-2545. 

By Nicole Goodman, JN Intern

Upcoming Summer Term Events


May 23: Summer Term Kickoff at Como’s, Ferndale, 7:30 p.m.
May 30: Torah on Tap at Dick O’Dows, Birmingham, 8 p.m.


June 4: Tigers vs. Rays at Comerica Park, 7:08 p.m. (Ticket giveaways through social media; follow Summer Term on Facebook)
June 11: CNXT Bar Night at Local 212, Royal Oak, 8 p.m.
June 21: Good Shabbos Detroit at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield (RSVP necessary to


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