Derek Holodak, Programming and Development Associate, has been accepted to the second cohort of the Next Gen Jewish Federation Fellows through the Jewish Federations of North America. Acceptance into this highly competitive program reflects Derek’s professional talent, potential and commitment to deepening his own Jewish enrichment and leadership skills while also participating in a community of practice with colleagues who share interest in engaging the next generation actively and proudly in Jewish life.
This is an 18 month-long program which includes leadership coaching and learning as well as professional mentoring and a capstone project to benefit our Federation. Derek was nominated for the program as a result of his work with our NextDor group which represents the next generation of Jewish Leadership. It is comprised of young professionals and young families making connections with both old and new friends to volunteer, network and learn more about their Jewish heritage.
His supervisor, Amy Holtz, says “I have had the pleasure of learning about Derek’s background as a former resident at Moishe House and creating interesting programs to engage Jewish millennials.
In his role as the NextDor Coordinator, Derek has formed partnerships with the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University, UConn Hillel (and their alumni association), and One Table. Derek identifies and engages with young adults in this community. He has built relationships that foster a sense of community and partnership and has done well in educating young adults about Federation.
Derek’s warm personality welcomes newcomers with ease and comfort. Mazel tov to Derek on his acceptance in this program. We look forward to the positive impact this will have on our community.