Young Adult Division (YAD)

 

YAD is dedicated to building an inclusive and connected community of young Jewish Santa Barbarans (aged 21-45) to promote Jewish identity and to improving our local and global Jewish communities through fun and meaningful volunteer, social, educational, and philanthropic activities.

 

Getting involved with YAD Santa Barbara is an exciting way to meet other young professionals who share your values and interests. Join us and become part of the next generation of caring Jewish Santa Barbarans who are making a difference in our community, and having a blast doing it! YAD has many avenues for you to get involved.

 

The Young Leadership Program encourages and educates the next generation in the responsibility of philanthropy as taught by the Jewish concept of tzedakah (justice) and tikkun olam (healing the world).

 

What’s your niche? Whether it’s social, recreational, spiritual, professional skill-building or community service, we are working to bring you new, creative, and exciting events and opportunities.

Get in touch with YAD

 

Keep up with the latest news & events! Join our email list, visit us on Facebook, or volunteer.

Have questions or need more info? Contact the YAD Coordinator, Jilli Spear at jspear@sbjf.org or call (805) 957-1115.

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Meet the YAD Planning Committee

  • Samantha Bearman

    Samantha Bearman is a Santa Barbara native who left for a decade to live abroad and travel the country. She works with the Youth Service Specialists in junior high and high schools in Santa Barbara County. She is also a regular at trivia at Old Kings Road, Zumba with Josette Tacick, and is a proud nugget with the Brawlin Betties roller derby team.

    Samantha Bearman is a Santa Barbara native who left for a decade to live abroad and travel the country. She works with the Youth Service Specialists in junior high and high schools in Santa Barbara County. She is also a regular at trivia at Old Kings Road, Zumba with Josette Tacick, and is a proud nugget with the Brawlin Betties roller derby team.

  • Kelly Brotman

    Kelly Brotman has two specialities: baking and humor. Mix them together and you would get a comedy skit writer who can whip a batch of brownies when the need for something sweet arises. Kelly graduated from Santa Barbara Community College where she majored in English and then zoomed over to UCLA extension program to earn a certificate in television writing.

    Kelly Brotman has two specialities: baking and humor. Mix them together and you would get a comedy skit writer who can whip a batch of brownies when the need for something sweet arises. Kelly graduated from Santa Barbara Community College where she majored in English and then zoomed over to UCLA extension program to earn a certificate in television writing.

  • Lena Higgins

    Lena Higgins is studying to become a Nurse Practitioner and hopes to graduate with a Masters of Science in Nursing. She went on Birthright in summer 2016 and absolutely enjoyed every part of it. Lena spends her free time at the beach stand up paddle boarding or heading to the mountains for long hikes. She volunteered at camps for kids with serious illnesses named The Painted Turtle Camp and the Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times. Lena has been a Santa Barbara resident since spring 2014. 

    Lena Higgins is studying to become a Nurse Practitioner and hopes to graduate with a Masters of Science in Nursing. She went on Birthright in summer 2016 and absolutely enjoyed every part of it. Lena spends her free time at the beach stand up paddle boarding or heading to the mountains for long hikes. She volunteered at camps for kids with serious illnesses named The Painted Turtle Camp and the Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times. Lena has been a Santa Barbara resident since spring 2014. 

  • Dana Hoffenberg

    Dana Hoffenberg grew up in Orange County, CA. She moved to Santa Barbara 6 years ago to attend UCSB and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. Dana now works for the City of Santa Barbara as a Water Resources Specialist. In her free time she loves hiking, cooking, and enjoying the Santa Barbara sun.

    Dana Hoffenberg grew up in Orange County, CA. She moved to Santa Barbara 6 years ago to attend UCSB and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. Dana now works for the City of Santa Barbara as a Water Resources Specialist. In her free time she loves hiking, cooking, and enjoying the Santa Barbara sun.

  • Molly Morrison

    Molly Morrison is a proud Gaucho alumna, and works for a scientific instruments company in Santa Barbara. She currently serves as the Third District Commissioner on the Santa Barbara County Fish & Wildlife Commission, is a member of Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee, and is also on the Jewish Federation's steering committee for a sister city in Mitzpeh Ramon. 

    Molly Morrison is a proud Gaucho alumna, and works for a scientific instruments company in Santa Barbara. She currently serves as the Third District Commissioner on the Santa Barbara County Fish & Wildlife Commission, is a member of Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee, and is also on the Jewish Federation's steering committee for a sister city in Mitzpeh Ramon. 

  • Carly Newman

    Carly Newman completed her undergrad in San Francisco, where her senior year she showed up at a Hillel Shabbat dinner and explored her Jewish-ness for the first time. That summer she went on Birthright and immediately continued learning about and exploring her heritage when she moved to Santa Barbara for grad school. Carly is now an elementary school teacher. In her free time Carly likes to run, play sports, hike, and explore different breweries or wineries. 

    Carly Newman completed her undergrad in San Francisco, where her senior year she showed up at a Hillel Shabbat dinner and explored her Jewish-ness for the first time. That summer she went on Birthright and immediately continued learning about and exploring her heritage when she moved to Santa Barbara for grad school. Carly is now an elementary school teacher. In her free time Carly likes to run, play sports, hike, and explore different breweries or wineries. 

  • Rebecca Plotkin

    Rebecca Plotkin is a Santa Barbara native. She is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Language Studies with an emphasis in Spanish. She currently works for UC Santa Barbara. Recently, she has had the opportunity to join Justifi: a Jewish Social Justice organization in impactful trips to Nicaragua and Peru. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking and giving back to the community. 

    Rebecca Plotkin is a Santa Barbara native. She is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Language Studies with an emphasis in Spanish. She currently works for UC Santa Barbara. Recently, she has had the opportunity to join Justifi: a Jewish Social Justice organization in impactful trips to Nicaragua and Peru. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking and giving back to the community. 

  • Briana Sapp Tivey

    Briana Sapp Tivey works for the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) where she encourages students from all 10 UC campuses to gain an international perspective through study abroad. Briana also manages Marketing and Communications for the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara. She feels very lucky to split her time between her two passions, international education and marketing and communications. Briana holds a MA in International Politics and a BA in French Studies and World Politics.

    Briana Sapp Tivey works for the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) where she encourages students from all 10 UC campuses to gain an international perspective through study abroad. Briana also manages Marketing and Communications for the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara. She feels very lucky to split her time between her two passions, international education and marketing and communications. Briana holds a MA in International Politics and a BA in French Studies and World Politics.

  • Adam Slomiak

    Adam Slomiak recently moved to Ventura after living most of his life in Thousand Oaks. He went to college at Chapman University where he studied animation and played an active part on the Hillel board. Adam loves his current job as a video editor at the lynda.com division of LinkedIn in Carpinteria. He enjoys playing/watching sports, especially basketball, going to concerts, traveling, and indulging in classic cinema. Adam is always looking forward to what's ahead!

    Adam Slomiak recently moved to Ventura after living most of his life in Thousand Oaks. He went to college at Chapman University where he studied animation and played an active part on the Hillel board. Adam loves his current job as a video editor at the lynda.com division of LinkedIn in Carpinteria. He enjoys playing/watching sports, especially basketball, going to concerts, traveling, and indulging in classic cinema. Adam is always looking forward to what's ahead!

  • Rachelle Yaniv

    Rachelle Yaniv is the YAD planning committee chair and a member of the Federation's Board of Trustees. She has been involved with YAD since 2011 and likes to create fun and engaging environments for Jews to create friendships and networks. Rachelle works for the City of Santa Barbara Public Works Department as the Human Resources Liaison. She grew up in LA and graduated from UCSB with a BA in Communication and English and a MA in Clinical Psychology from California Lutheran University.

    Rachelle Yaniv is the YAD planning committee chair and a member of the Federation's Board of Trustees. She has been involved with YAD since 2011 and likes to create fun and engaging environments for Jews to create friendships and networks. Rachelle works for the City of Santa Barbara Public Works Department as the Human Resources Liaison. She grew up in LA and graduated from UCSB with a BA in Communication and English and a MA in Clinical Psychology from California Lutheran University.