Do something different.
Explore contemporary Jewish issues
Learn about the Columbus Jewish Community
Enjoy two Shabbat dinners
Meet and mingle with other LEADS participants

Spring 2017 dates:

Tuesday, Feb 28 | Tuesday, Mar 7 | Friday, Mar 17
Tuesday, Mar 21 | Tuesday, Mar 28 | Friday, Apr 7

Time: All weekday sessions start at 7 pm. Shabbat dinner start times may vary depending on your group.

What is LEADS?
What do you get when you combine the social aspect of happy hour with the discussion model of book club and the deep connections you make through summer camp and networking? LEADS is a 6-week program designed with YOU in mind. Do LEADS to meet new people, learn what Jewish Columbus has to offer, talk about current and relevant Jewish topics and explore how Judaism fits into your life. LEADS groups have about 15 people and are hosted by volunteer leaders from the community.  Each session includes two Shabbats, one happy hour and a post-evening session outing at either a bar or an ice cream joint.

Where does the program take place?
LEADS sessions are hosted in the homes of our fantastic young adult LEADS leaders.

How much does it cost?

What does my $36 pay for?
Half of your registration payment covers program food, supplies, and materials. The other half helps makes you a part of something bigger. $18 goes to Federation to support the needs of your Jewish community in Columbus, in Israel and around the world. Please contact Ned if you have any questions.  Should applications exceed our capacity for Spring 2017 LEADS session, your $36 will be refunded in full by February 8, 2017.

What are the types of topics we will be discussing?
LEADS discussions are informal and center around your Jewish identity and exploring how we relate to the contemporary world of cultural Judaism.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • My Jewish story
  • Jewish customs and rituals
  • American Judaism and the global Jewish community
  • How do I relate to Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)
  • My Jewish values
  • What does the Jewish Young Adult community in Columbus have to offer and how can I get involved?

What if I have special dietary restrictions?
Your LEADS leaders will provide appetizers at every session as well as two delicious Shabbat dinners. LEADS leaders strive to serve Kosher food. Our leaders volunteer to host in their homes, so we encourage you to share your specific dietary requirements with them to ensure you are comfortable participating. Additionally, please note any special dietary restrictions, including levels of Kashrut, when you register and we will make every effort to accommodate you. If you have any questions or concerns about the level of Kashrut, please don’t hesitate to contact Ned Konin, 614-559-3209.

What if I have to miss a session?

We understand unforeseeable circumstances as well as important prior commitments. However, due to the nature of this program, we recommend you consider postponing your LEADS participation if you will be missing more than one session. Please be sure to let your leaders know ahead of time if you will be missing any part of the program.

What if I don’t know anyone else signing up?

One of the big goals of LEADS is to meet new people. There are only 10-15 participants in each group, so it is a great environment to make new friends! There will also be time to meet participants from other groups during larger meetups.

Can I sign up with a friend?

We will do our best to honor friend requests, however, space is limited and we cannot guarantee any requests.

What if I am interested but I can’t make the fall session?

We understand that certain times of the year can by very busy. That’s why we offer LEADS in both the fall and spring. Please contact Ned Konin for details about the fall session.


Limited space available.

Registration open through February 3, 2017
Contact Ned Konin, 614-559-3209, for more information.

Ned Konin

Development Officer