This summer, Jewish young adults are getting exactly what they asked for—a central interactive hub to connect to each other and the Cincinnati Jewish community. The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Young Adult Division (YAD) has announced the launch of a brand new website and app called Cincinnati Vine, which will allow young adults to connect in an organic, grassroots way.
Apart from the creation and maintenance of the site, however, YAD will take a hands-off approach, giving young adults the platform to curate content themselves for the rest of the community. Young adults will be able to create meet-ups, post information about events, get engaged in social action, and meet other young adults through Cincinnati Vine, with the goal being to build a strong community and create rootedness for Jewish Millennials and younger Gen Xers.
To unveil Cincinnati Vine to the community and to celebrate its launch, YAD will host a party for young adults on Thursday, August 23 from 6–11 p.m. at the Summit Hotel in Madisonville, in the Madison Ballroom and outdoor patio. Young adults can enjoy drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres while talking to old friends or making new ones.
The site will be live that evening and can be found at www.cincyvine.org.
The idea for the website came out of the Beyond 2020 initiative. YAD staff members, along with YAD board members, held a series of focus groups over a six-month period consisting of Jews and any non-Jewish partners and hosted a large event in 2017 in order to brainstorm opportunities to improve Jewish Cincinnati for young adults. Time and time again, participants expressed the desire for a central digital hub that would allow them to connect to one another directly, not facilitated by the organized Jewish community.
YAD pitched the idea to the Jewish Innovation Fund giving circle last spring. Cincinnati’s own “shark tank” bit on the idea and funded the development of the site and the launch party. Further funding came from the Jewish Federation.
The event cost is $18 pre-registration and includes a full spread of kosher dairy hors d’oeuvres and two tickets for beer, wine, and cocktails. Admission at the door is $25. Young adults should register at cincyvine.org.