Moving to a new city can be overwhelming. It’s hard to know where to start when you’re looking for friends and trying to make connections. The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s NowGen initiative recently launched Shalom Phoenix, a program welcoming newcomers and providing resources to engage with their new Jewish community. Jewish young adults ages 21-45 who have recently relocated to the Valley, or decided to get involved in the Jewish community, are eligible.
“It can be difficult to find your place in a new city, especially one with such a large Jewish community,” says NowGen Senior Director Stacey Cohen. “Shalom Phoenix is the hub that provides valuable resources to help young adults find new and meaningful ways to connect with the Valley’s Jewish community.”
Newcomers receive a Jewish community guide by email, which includes information on young adult organizations, the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, synagogues, kosher restaurants, travel opportunities and more. They also receive a postcard with the memorable tagline – “Welcome to Arizona: It’s a dry shvitz!” and a personal message from a NowGen board member. They are invited to private, hosted events to make personal connections in an intimate setting.
Local businesses wishing to provide offers or resources to newcomers through Shalom Phoenix can email Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re new to the Valley or newly interested in getting involved, sign up for Shalom Phoenix at jewishphoenix.org/shalomphoenix.