NOVA Tribe Series provides Jewish young adults living and working in Northern Virginia with innovative programming and leadership activities that promote learning about and giving back to the Northern Virginia community. We seek to create an active and engaged young professional Jewish community in Northern Virginia and develop the next generation of Jewish leaders.
NOVA Tribe Series is a volunteer run organization founded by Stacy Miller. When Stacy visited Israel the summer of 2011 as a participant on the Birthright Alumni Leadership mission she was asked to create a project to impact her community in some way upon her return. On one of the last days of the trip she visited the Negev region and the city of Dimona; she was inspired by the young adults she spoke with who decided not to move to the bigger cities like Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, but to a small city and create a vibrant young Jewish community. She thought if they could create change and motivate young leaders in an area with fewer resources than the DC metro area, she could do the same where she lived.
Our first program was held in December 2011. NOVA Tribe has hosted 2-3 events per month since our launch including a Sushi and Sake Tasting Class and an 80′s mystery themed Shabbat. In spring 2012, NOVA Tribe Series was the recipient of the 2012 Natan/NEXT Grant for Social Entrepreneurs. NOVA Tribe Series was launched to the general community at the The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Annual Meeting through the Presentense ConnectGens Fellowship in June. We celebrated our one year anniversary with a Chanukkah party in which we raised money for a future community service project with Yachad and had an attendance of over 100 members.
New partnerships on programs included a social action project with Yachad, a leadership series with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and a comedy show fundraiser with JSSA. We launched our Shabbat series TGIF! Shabbat with a Mystery themed Shabbat program with Shabbat Hoppin’ and also held a Luau Shabbat at Congregation Etz Hayim in Arlington. In July 2013, NOVA Tribe Series began its collaboration with Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation in Reston, Virginia and it’s partnership with Emmanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies.
We are known for:
1) Innovative Programming
We strive to host programs that are creative, accessible to our members, and incorporate philanthropy and social action. Since our launch in December 2011 we have held over 25 unique events from Mystery Shabbat to The Big Schlep Scavenger Hunt.
2) Northern Virginia Young Professional Leadership Series
Later this year we will be accepting applications for our 2013-2014 Northern Virginia Jewish Young Professionals Mentorship Program. This initiative will feature a series of hands-on seminars and activities that will give participants the opportunity to increase their leadership skills, network with community leaders, and learn about ways to give back to the Northern Virginia Jewish community.
3) Our website that features all things Northern Virginia
Look to our blog for the best restaurants, bars, concert venues and events taking place in our area. Have a favorite spot or program you want us to feature? Let us know!
It’s Worth the Schlep!
We specialize in 6 signature programs that feature up and coming speakers, gender specific events, culinary and sports recreation, and local Shabbat happenings.
You will find events for singles, couples, and everyone in between from small gatherings to larger soirees.
Connect, Engage, Grow and rock the suburbs.
The NOVA Tribe Series….It’s Worth the Schlep!