Kevin Eaton of Royal Oak, Lisa Labelle of Birmingham and Ben Handelsman of Bloomfield

Young Jewish professionals rubbed elbows and swapped business cards with their peers as well as some of the community’s most influential business leaders Nov. 9 at Local Kitchen and Bar in Ferndale at NEXTWork’s latest networking event. They heard from keynote speaker Geoff Kretchmer, president of Star Trax Event Productions and partner at Local Kitchen & Bar, both in Ferndale. Attendees also got to enjoy a GO Comedy improv performance.

So far, more than 450 individuals people have connected with other professionals through NEXTWork since its inception. NEXTWork is a partnership between JVS Detroit and NEXTGen Detroit.

The Nov. 9 event was funded by the Hadas and Dennis Bernard Endowment Fund, and Michael Serling of Serling Law.