Young Professionals & Families (YPF) is the young professional's division of the Jewish Federation of Northeast Florida. This program is committed to building a strong Jewish community locally, in Israel, and throughout the world through philanthropy, networking opportunities, social events, leadership development, volunteerism, education, and friendship. We offer exciting and meaningful programs for all stages of adult life — those new to Northeast Florida, to newlyweds, couples, and families — with a strong emphasis on developing community leaders. Our events promote awareness of the Federation & Foundation, highlight our local and overseas partner agencies, and local synagogues, as well as encourage social interaction among young Jews in our community. Overall, YPF is where young professionals in our community can connect to Jewish life and to each other.


How we make a difference

We make a difference by engaging young professionals and leaders in our community.

It is important that we are aware and support our local agencies, Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS), River Garden, The Jewish Community Alliance (JCA), The Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, and Torah Academy as well as our overseas initiatives. 

Throughout its history, the Federation has continued to support and safeguard the Jewish community in Northeast Florida, Israel, and in over 75 countries around the world.

Faye Hedrick
Young Professionals & Families Director
904-448-5000 Ext. 1214




Young Professionals & Families Committee

Chairperson: Sarah Schwartz 
Social Action Chair: Leah Palestrant
Nicole Brown
Rebecca Cooper
Sarah Bloom
Ben Marsh
Nicole Marks 
Rachel Davis
Lauren Rickoff
Barry Shapiro
Kendall Sisisky Valliere
Haley Trager
Sophie Rothstein
Sarah Schwartz
Brandon Sugg
Jason Smith
Rachel Heiser 
Faye Hedrick
Jeff Rood
Alyssa Sugg

What is BRIDGES?

BRIDGES is the Jewish Federation of Northeast Florida's leadership initiative. The BRIDGES Mission is to expand the vision of Jewish volunteer leaders, deepen their Jewish knowledge of community both locally and abroad, and inspire them to exercise transformative leadership.

We fufill this mission by educating up-and-coming Jewish lay leaders in the history, thought, texts and contemporary leadership challenges of the Jewish People.

The program is funded through the B’nai Tzedek grant awarded to BRIDGES from the Jewish Foundation. BRIDGES will continue nurturing future leaders in their personal and professional lives, who will give back to our community now and into the future. At the end of the program, each candidate will be encouraged to choose an area to move into more permanently, either within the Federation such as the Young Professionals and Families Division, Women’s Philanthropy, or as an ongoing volunteer within the community at a Federation beneficiary agency, school, or synagogue. 

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