CommunityNEXT leads movement back to Detroit

December 5, 2013 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

One of the most serious challenges facing the Jewish Detroit community—as well as the broader community of metropolitan Detroit—is the dramatic exodus of our young people to other cities across the United States. Population studies attest to the overall aging of our community, as well as to the marked decline in the total number of Jews in the area. In 2010, as a direct response to this critical problem, Federation launched CommunityNEXT.

CommunityNEXT is a dynamic and entrepreneurial unit within Federation that focuses on engaging and mobilizing the next generation of committed Jewish Detroiters. Using primarily grass roots efforts and new media technology to find and reach its audience, the group has promoted a series of events and outings designed to build a core of passionate and committed young Detroiters.

The results have been remarkable. Since its creation, thousands of young people have participated in this new movement, a number of whom have since made the ultimate commitment by moving not to Chicago, New York or Los Angeles, but into the city of Detroit.

As the next generation of young Detroiters, they will work, socialize and in every way take part in the burgeoning revitalization of the city.

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