The third incarnation of TribeFest, the youth-oriented celebration of Jewish culture and communal affiliation, will be held next March in New Orleans, the Jewish Federations of North America announced Wednesday.
Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is planning the third installment of its TribeFest young leadership conference for 2014, giving the Las Vegas confab a year off after successful events this year and last year.
The umbrella group for American Jewish philathropy is instead planning a smaller, low-key young leadeship conference this March in Dallas, to include several hundred TribeFest alumni.
A lot of folks my age have misperceptions about TribeFest, if they have even heard of it. For the uninitiated, TribeFest is Jewish Federations of North America’s conference for 20- and 30-somethings, designed to engage, educate, and inspire them to become active in the Federation system and in organized Jewish life. TribeFest 2012 was the second such conference, both held in Las Vegas.
The Jewish Federations of North America, the umbrella group for organized philanthropy in 80 major cities and regions, is accepting proposals for programs at its second annual TribeFest event in Las Vegas in March.
The goal of TribeFest is to recruit the next generation of federation leaders through fun but meaningful programs developed by people in their 20s, 30s and early 40s. Last year's inaugural event drew about 1,500 people to Las Vegas, but the programs were developed by JFNA and its partners.
It seems my column this week hit a raw nerve in describing how some Jewish groups are using alcohol and partying as outreach tools to attract young people.
On the first day I've already received several dozen emails, in addition to online Comments, ranging from kudos for "telling like it is," to strong critiques for exaggerating, if not outright fabricating tales of overindulgence at organizational events.
TribeFest may not have lured the unaffiliated in big numbers, but it may have helped JFNA leaders seek new connotations for term ‘federation.’
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Las Vegas — When Sandra Graff attended a “Vodka-Latke” social event sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara (Calif.) last Chanukah, she submitted her e-mail address for updates on future events.
A few months later Graff, 32, found herself in Las Vegas, one of 1,200 young Jews to gather for TribeFest, three days of entertainment, socializing and discussions intended to cultivate better Jewish engagement among people of her generation.
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