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


How we make a difference

Young Professionals & Families makes a difference by engaging young professionals and leaders in our community. Without engaging the next generation of philanthropists, we are not able to ensure tradition in our beautiful and vibrant community. 

It is of utmost importance that our demographic supports and has an awareness of 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 Jacksonville, in Israel, and in over 75 countries around the world.

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





Young Professionals & Families Steering Committee

Chairperson: Ben Marsh 
Campaign Chair: Jeff Rood
Social Action Chair: Leah Palestrant
Nicole Brown
Rebecca Cooper
Sarah Fraden
Faye Hedrick
Rotem Gabay
Stefanie Levine
Nicole Marks 
Sarah Olesker
Leah Palestrant
Lauren Rickoff
Jeff Rood
Barry Shapiro
Kendall Sisisky Valliere
Haley Trager

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.

The program fulfills 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 Life and Legacy Division of Federation. This program 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. 

The current 2019-2020 class is full. Stay tuned for updates on the 2020-2021 class.