YALA isn’t a club, it isn’t a group, and there is no membership. Instead – It’s an idea. The idea is to encourage younger folks to find their place within or adjacent to the Jewish institutions and groups here in the Twin Cities. As inspired by the work of Rabbi Michael Uram, the 248Community Action Network, and a variety of other successful and innovative initiatives, YALA seeks to empower younger adults to make their Jewish identities their own by providing a framework and resources for programming, initiatives, events, and social opportunities.

YALA began as the next iteration of what was once called the Young Adult Roundtable. This group is comprised of all of the professionals who work directly with “Young Adults” (20’s, 30’s and beyond) for each of the Jewish institutions in the Twin Cities. As it continues to evolve, the Jewish Federations realized that this name/group can also serve as the platform for young adult programming in the Twin Cities through the Federations and in collaboration with the other Young Adult Groups.

For more information, please contact Charley Smith, Twin Cities Young Adult Engagement Manager.