2018-08-15 / Voice at the Shore

NextGen “Mini-Tribe” welcomes new babies to local Jewish community

By ELLEN WEISMAN STRENGER Voice shore editor

Ruby Silverman, daughter of Ali and Brian Silverman, models the NextGenAC Mini-Tribe T-shirt. Ruby Silverman, daughter of Ali and Brian Silverman, models the NextGenAC Mini-Tribe T-shirt. Do you know of a local Jewish family with a baby, or with one on the way? If so, make sure to let the local Jewish Federation know, said Rachel Waldman, Federation’s Hillel/ Young Leadership Director.

When you do, that baby and family will get a gift package welcoming them to the Tribe— specifically, to “NextGenAC Mini- Tribe”—that’ s laden with goodies that will last into the future—maybe even for a lifetime.

The package includes a cute insulated lunch box, a NextGenAC Mini-Tribe T-shirt, and other “Federation swag,” such as pens, band-aids, hand sanitizer and mints, said Waldman. But perhaps the best gift of all is nestled inside the lunchbox, which contains information on how to sign the new baby up to get free Jewish books through PJ Library.

By signing up, the newest members of the “tribe” and their families will get free Jewish books sent to their homes, every month. Children receive the books from age six months through eight years old. The PJ Library program also provides families with access to local programs for families with young children, children’s music, and books for tweens. In short, it allows new parents to start their babies on a lifetime path of Jewish learning.

Waldman came up with the idea for the new baby welcome package a few months ago, when she saw that many members of NextGenAC, a Jewish Federation group for young adults in their 20s through 40s, were having new babies. The NextGen was having a next gen!

“I wanted to find a cute way to celebrate that, to make the new parents and babies feel part of the community. So we started the NextGenAC Mini-Tribe,” said Waldman.

New parents don’t have to be involved in NextGenAC to receive the welcome basket, she stressed. Any local Jewish family with a new baby or one on the way is encouraged to contact Waldman to receive their welcome gift. So are new grandparents, or grandparents-to-be, of new babies in the local Jewish community.

Waldman and PJ Library Director Susan Weis are also planning to offer Mini-Tribe events for families with new babies.

To receive a Mini-Tribe new baby welcome package, or for more information on NextGenAC, please call the Jewish Federation at 609-822- 4404. 

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