The Yad b’Yad Award Celebration held Feb. 27 at the Double Nickel Brewing Company in Pennsauken was truly a showcase of the young volunteers from throughout the community, according to Joel Schwartz, chair of YAD, the Jewish Federation’s Young Adult Division, which hosted the event. In its second year, the Yad b’Yad Celebration honored people from 23 different organizations. It was chaired by Rabbi Larry and Rebecca Sernovitz and Elon and Neely Elisha.
“This event brings together the entire Jewish community of South Jersey for one evening. Everybody can come together and collaborate,” said Schwartz, who pointed to the presence of synagogues from across the denominational spectrum, the Jewish Federation and its agencies, as well as many other organizations. “This is helping to promote the Federation’s vision,” he said.
Schwartz added that last year’s event attracted 200 people, while turnout this year was 300. “It’s phenomenal,” he said of the evening featuring the award presentations, brewery tours, and plenty of time to mingle and enjoy the beer.
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