Jewish young adults from throughout San Diego celebrated Christmas Eve in style this year at NextGen’s annual Place2Be Party at the beautiful Andaz’s Wine Bar and Nightclub in downtown San Diego. More than 300 attendees enjoyed a night of mingling, dancing, food and drink - in lieu of the typical Christmas Eve Chinese food. It wasn't all just fun and games - Place2Be also raised more than $2,000 for local homeless shelters, the people of Israel, and poor Jews suffering in Ukraine.
The event was hosted by NextGen’s social committee with help from partner organizations including: Center for Jewish Culture In the Mix group, Beth El’s Chai group, JDC Entwine, Jewish Family Service Emerging Leaders, Hillel of San Diego, Birthright, OU Next, StandWithUs and Tarbuton. In addition to helping with the planning of the event, partner organizations were asked to highlight the work they do and share any upcoming opportunities for volunteerism, social events or other ways to get involved.
Place2Be served as the official launch of Federation’s new community centered NextGen Initiative, which aims to provide every San Diegan in their 20s and 30s a way to connect to the Jewish Community in ways meaningful and relevant to them. NextGen's connection efforts include: social gatherings, religious and spiritual experiences, advocacy, leadership, volunteering, philanthropy, Israel and humanitarian efforts, Jewish learning, and travel.