NEXTGen Detroit

Bold Leadership • Inspired Giving • Diverse Experiences

Who is NEXTGen Detroit?

The NEXTGen Detroit community is made up of 21- to 39-year-olds in all stages of life. As the young adult division of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, we’re on a mission to engage young Jewish adults through bold leadership, inspired giving and diverse experiences to build and sustain a vibrant Jewish community in Detroit and around the world. So whether you’re a recent grad, a parent, a CEO, single, married, here for good or just passing through, we have something for you in Jewish Detroit. And if we don’t have it, we’ll happily help you find it.

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Let’s Get Social

Think of NEXTGen Detroit as that really outgoing friend who is always thinking of cool things to do and introducing you to awesome people. Here’s just a sampling of the diverse experiences we offer:

Happy Hours & Social Outings

Our social events are perfect for getting out and expanding your circle or trying something new with your crew. From our monthly happy hour series, L’Chaim Detroit, and dog park meet ups to cocktails and crafting workshops and trying out the latest recreational craze like axe throwing or knockerball — these events are just about having a good time. Come as you are — no agenda, no commitment, “super chill” as they say.

Keeping it Professional

Seasoned pro or just starting out? We’ve got career-building ops for everyone. From our top-tier networking series to our on-staff employment specialist, we’re ready to help you make your next big move.

Young Family Fun

We love putting on fun programs for the next NEXT generation of proud Jewish Detroiters (and their parents, of course)! Our family events are a great way to meet other young parents in the community and have a great time with your littles.

NEXTGen Detroit Volunteers

Meet like-minded people who also love lending a hand at a variety of volunteer opportunities we organize throughout the year.

Israel & Overseas Education & Experiences

We’re connecting with our brothers and sisters in Israel and Jewish communities across the country and the world through partnerships, travel and a variety of events and programs throughout the year.

NEXTGen Detroit Pride

We’re making a welcoming gateway into the Jewish community for LGBTQA+ young adults looking for connection and a supportive atmosphere to explore everything Jewish Detroit has to offer.

NEXTGen Detroit Interfaith Couples

This group welcomes, embraces and educates interfaith couples and their families. Programs offered every two to three months don’t explicitly teach how to “be Jewish” but rather support and encourage families as they explore how to “do Jewish.”

NEXTGen Detroit Balance

NEXTGen Detroit Balance is a series of programs and events focused on providing young adult Jewish Detroiters with access to conversations and experiences that promote mental and emotional wellness.

Make an Impact

It’s not all happy hours and hangouts over here. We’re doing serious good for our Jewish community here in Detroit and around the world. There’s no better way to give back than by sharing your time, talents and tzedakah with the Jewish Federation and NEXTGen Detroit.

Community Leadership Opportunities

If you’re looking to make your mark on Jewish Detroit, we’ve got a number of ways for you to stretch your leadership wings. Join a committee, serve on our Board of Directors or get in on one of our leadership development programs.

Inspired Giving

Making an investment in your local and international Jewish community has the potential to impact thousands of lives in endless positive ways — including your own. NEXTGen Detroit is here to help you make a meaningful difference as we work together to build a bright Jewish future.


Throughout the year, NEXTGen Detroit puts on several seasonal fundraisers that aren’t only amazing nights out, but also make a huge impact on our community. We throw our young adult fundraisers at some of the coolest spots in Metro Detroit and pack them with entertainment, food, drinks and the opportunity to do good and party hard. We also make sure that the minimum donations to attend these fundraisers are set at a variety of price points so that all members of our young adult community can make a meaningful contribution to Federation’s Annual Campaign and give back while having a great time.

Meet our Staff

  • Lauren Soifer
  • Associate Director, NEXTGen Detroit
  • 248-203-1480
  • Mimi Marcus
  • Senior Campaign Associate, NEXTGen Detroit
  • (248) 205-2535