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The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis' NEXTGen is an initiative geared towards Jews, affiliated or unaffiliated, in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. NEXTGen provides meaningful programming and leadership opportunities based in Jewish values to deepen engagement in communal Jewish life. NEXTGen is your community! Check out this newsletter to see what opportunities we have for you. 
Participate. Lead. Give. Learn more about NEXTGen.
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Changemakers is BACK!

Are you 20-24? Looking for valuable career development, networking opportunities, and ​to make a difference this summer? Federation’s Jewish Changemakers Fellowship is a three-week interactive, global online leadership experience that offers a stipend of $350.

 ​Two sessions offered: June 7-24 and July 12-29. Curriculum covers: 1) Professional Development (your career), 2) Service & Advocacy (your community), and 3) Global Jewish Community (your world). Fellows meet once daily, Monday -Thursday, for 75-minutes at 12 p.m. or 12:30 p.m., once a week (on average) for small group discussions, and asynchronously for electives. This group requires approximately 12 hours/week in order to earn the certificate of completion and stipend.   

 Sign-up today to receive the application link when it launches on Wednesday, April 21.   

  The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis is coordinating Changemakers in partnership with JFNA and more than 30 leading global Jewish organizations. 

 Email info@jewishchangemakers.org with questions.

Meet Your NEXTGen Community Leader

Each month, we will highlight a member of the NEXTGen committee to showcase the diversity of our Jewish community. 

 

Name: Mina Shirazi, NEXTGen Volunteer Programming Chair
Age: 24
Hometown: Indianapolis
Career Aspiration: Speech Language Pathologist Assistant 

 

She says "The Jewish community is important to me because I love how open it is to meeting new people. It is responsible for shaping the woman I am today. Being a member of NEXTGen, I can help rebuild a community for the young Jews of Indianapolis! My hobbies include rollerblading, working out, reading, and spending time with my family."
Upcoming Events
 
"Hebrew to Go – Yalla Shabbat with NEXTGen & MoPo Indy"

Virtual event on 7 p.m. Friday, April 9
 
Join NEXTGen & MoPo Indy to learn and connect over Shabbat with Jewish educator, Moshe Lencer. Moshe will provide a short presentation on modern Hebrew terms. Ask all your questions about learning Hebrew for everyday life, traveling to Israel and more. An open conversation will conclude the program. 

Sign up on
here to receive nourishment credits to help pay for your dinner. All RSVPs must be in by end of Tuesday, April 6, and is available to the first 10 people who sign up. Nourishment is sent out on Thursday. The Zoom link will be included in the registration page through OneTable.

 

"Yom's Havdalah"
Virtual event on 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14

Discover the importance and differences in celebrating Israel during Yom Hazikaron (Israel Memorial Day) and Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day). NEXTGen is partnering with MoPo Indy, Torah on Tap, JCC Indy Shinshinim (Israeli Ambassadors), Moishe House Austin (Texas) and Moishe House Buffalo (New York) for this event. More details will be coming soon.

*Check NEXTGen's Social Media accounts for upcoming event dates and times.
In other years, we gather around the Seder table with family and friends. This year, we gather around separate Seder tables, sharing the holiday virtually. But while last Passover, we faced a year of uncertainty and loss, this Passover we truly know the power and strength of our Jewish community — here in Indianapolis and as a whole.

The Magid or “telling/narration” section of the Passover Haggadah begins with a deceleration in Aramaic – Ha lachma anya … kol dichfin yeitei v’yeichol. Kol ditzrich yeitei v’yifasch.

“This bread of affliction … let all who are hungry, come and eat. Let all who are needy come and celebrate Passover.”

Even after this past year of social distancing, loss, and uncertainty abound – families and communities around the world will begin this portion of their Seder with an invitation to connect, share, and be present as Jews remember and embody hardship that blossomed into freedom. In this spirit, JFGI invites all who are hungry for community to gather and connect through the abundance of opportunities and resources available from the Indianapolis Jewish community.

Visit jewishindianapolis.org/Passover to find community service opportunities, at-home holiday resources for all ages, holiday experiences from local organizations as well as curated learning and connection opportunities from national and international partners.

 
To learn more about what’s coming up, make sure to follow NEXTGen at @JFGInextgen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Looking to get more involved and wanting to join the NEXTGen committee? Contact Stephanie Dlatt, Campaign Associate & NEXTGen Director, at sdlatt@jfgi.org to learn more about NEXTGen and your future with it!
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