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.

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Have questions or need more info? Contact us at or call (805) 957-1115.

Meet the YAD Planning Committee

  • Dana Hoffenberg

    Dana Hoffenberg grew up in Orange County, CA. She moved to Santa Barbara 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lena Higgins

    Lena Higgins is currently working on her Bachelors in Health Science at California State University Channel Islands. Lena spends her free time at the beach stand up paddle boarding or relaxing and reading in her hammock. She volunteers at camps for kids with serious illnesses namely The Painted Turtle Camp and Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times. Ever since her Birthright trip in the summer of 2016 she has been actively involved with the Jewish community and the YAD Committee.

  • 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. 

  • Greg Spivak

    Greg Spivak is a personal trainer and optimal health coach here in Santa Barbara. After attending and playing football at SBCC in 2010-11, Greg moved back to the area 1 year ago and started an optimal health fitness business, Optimal Function. Greg enjoys helping others and being a part of the Jewish community. Some of his hobbies are snowboarding, hiking, surfing, reading, and hanging with his dog Sampson

  • Molly Morrison

    Molly Morrison is a proud Gaucho alumna, and works for Photothermal Spectroscopy Corp, a scientific instrumentation company in Santa Barbara. She currently serves as the Vice Chair on the Santa Barbara County Fish and Wildlife Commission, and is a member of the Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee. Morrison is also a member of the SBJF Jewish Community Relations Council.

  • Ike Chafkin

    Ike Chafkin grew up all over the country and world but considers himself to be from Boston. He moved to Santa Barbara in spring 2016 after graduating from Beloit College in Wisconsin. In school he was a major part of the college and town's small but strong Jewish community. Since coming to Santa Barbara he is excited to continue his "Jewish Journey" while working as a financial planner, coaching youth sports, and being a member of the Santa Barbara Sunrise Rotary Club.