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What is NextDor

NextDor: The Next Generation of Leadership is the Young Adult Division of Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York.

The name, NextDor, reflects our desire to create a lasting commitment, among Jews 22-40, to ensure the future of our Jewish community.

We believe that by creating a culture of engagement, we cultivate an active and vibrant Jewish community locally, and allow for the empowerment of tomorrow’s Jewish leaders everywhere.

NextDor events and activities include community-wide programming, social events, Israel advocacy and education, and lectures.

2018/19 NextDor Cabinet

Rachael Schertzer: 2018-2020 Chair

Cluster Chairs:

  • Erik Lustgarten: Network NextDor
  • Eric Larkin: Jewish Singles of the Capital District
  • Gayle Abrams: Shabbat Connections
  • Chanie Simon: NextDor Young Families
  • Rob Levine: Arts & Entertainment
  • Dave Hausler: Outdoors
  • Emily Handelman: Tikkun Olam
  • Ilene Friedman: Funlanthropy
  • Sharon Watkins-Fox: LGBTQA
  • Members at large:
  • Rachel Ainspan
  • Sara Berg
  • Helena Rosenstrauch
  • Joanna Sanzo
  • Lori Stein
  • Gary Ginsburg (Past Chair)

Join a Cluster...

Coming up...

  • Oct

    8:00 pm

    Join the NextDor LGBTQA and Shabbat Connections clusters for a Havdalah bonfire and dessert featuring Rabbi Mike Moskowitz! Rabbi Moskowitz will lead Havdalah and will talk about Inclusion and Judaism, then will hang out with us for the rest of the night. All are welsome! Guests are asked to bring chairs for the bonfire. 

    More info about Rabbi Moskowitz here:

    Address available upon RSVP.
    RSVP by 10/4 to

  • Oct

    1:00 pm

    Enjoy the Carrot Festival with NextDor! The 40th Annual Carrot Festival is a great opportunity to enjoy community and features delicious food, fun activities for children, vendors galore, a community service tent, a farmer’s market with locally grown produce, a “touch-a-truck” area, a pet adoption clinic, and of course carrot cake! Music and entertainment are scheduled throughout the day, featuring a special afternoon concert by The Accents.

    To explore the festival with NextDor, meet us at the front doors of Agudat Achim at 1pm. 

    RSVP by 10/6 so that we know you’re coming!


  • Nov

    7:00 pm

    Join NextDor and Temple Israel for a night of music at the Matisyahu concert at Troy Music Hall! Ticket(s) are $27/person and must be purchased by Sunday, October 14.

  • Jan

    6:00 pm

    NextDor and Center Square Minyan

    More info to come!

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