NEXTGen Detroit

Bold Leadership • Inspired Giving • Diverse Experiences

Who is NEXTGen Detroit?

The NEXTGen Detroit community is made up of 21- to 40-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.

Upcoming Events

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:

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.

Our Annual Detroit River Cruise dove deep this year with a “Creatures of the Sea” themed celebration to send summer off with a splash!

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.

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 Volunteers

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

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.

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.

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. Reach out to Lauren at to learn more.

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 To learn more about making a meaningful gift to Federation’s Annual Campaign and get more details about the NEXTGen Detroit giving levels and fundraising event, please contact Mimi Marcus at

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Meet our Staff

  • Lauren Rubin
  • Associate Director, NEXTGen Detroit
  • 248-502-2854
  • Nikki Baron
  • NEXTGen Detroit Israel Experience Associate
  • 248-203-1485

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  • Meet our Board

    The NEXTGen Detroit Board of Directors is made up of 50 Jewish Detroiters who come from a wide range of backgrounds, professions and are in different stages of their young adult lives. But they all have one very important thing in common and that’s their commitment to building a strong, vibrant Jewish future here in Detroit.

    You Matter.

    The help we provide to the Jewish community in Detroit, in Israel and around the world is not possible without your support. Choose your level of impact…