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From “attendees” to participants. From members to volunteers. From advocates to  ambassadors. From fundraisers to leaders . . . the strength of Jewish Detroit has always been a torch to pass on to the next generation.

Back in the day, circa 1940

It was Federation’s “Junior Division” where a young Mandell (Bill) Berman first stepped forward to support the efforts of Federation’s Annual Campaign.

Bill Berman
Representing Federation’s Junior Division, a young Bill Berman (third from the left)  stands with peers at a Campaign event.

Breaking records

And dancing to them too. Through the years, Federation’s Junior Division grew into YAD, the Young Adult Division.

Remember the 70s? Saturday Night Fever, disco dancing and a young Federation stepping forward.

NEXTGen Detroit

More than a “Division” of Federation’s Campaign efforts, Federation’s NEXTGen Detroit is now a movement fully dedicated to young Jewish Detroiters with the mission to attract, connect and engage peers, to grow in numbers and to lead the work of the Jewish community to build a greater Detroit for generations to come.

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2012: Latke Vodka 8 packed the house at Royal Oak Music Theater.
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Latke Vodka; good times, good friends, the best place to see Federation’s NEXTGen in action.

Celebrating  Latke Vodka 9

NEXTGen’s Annual Thanksgiving Homecoming Event is set for Saturday, November 30, 2013,  9 p.m. – 2 a.m., featuring the Collision Six Band at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.

Last year, Latke Vodka drew nearly 1,000 young Detroiters for a night of food, friends, fun and Federation.  This year’s numbers are expected to climb even higher.