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About JConnect

JConnect creates opportunities for meaningful, inspiring and inclusive community experiences to encourage community participation, healthy lifestyle choices and relationships. JConnect focuses on engaging Jewish young professionals, college students, and those unaffiliated with the organized Jewish community.

Creating community for Jewish Young Professionals and healthier communities

JConnect’s signature program Shabbat Tent is a hospitality project which hosts thousands of Jewish young professionals and others at festivals nationwide. JConnet’s Jewish Earth Week program supports Jewish programming at college campuses in North American and Israel.

JConnect is a registered 501c3 not-for-profit with its headquarters in Los Angeles.

The Team

Josh KaplanJOSH KAPLAN

Josh serves on many Jewish community boards, and takes great pleasure in his roles as President of the Board of JConnect. Each of these organizations exists to connect young Jews to Jewish life. Josh also serves as an advisor to Hillels in Chico, the Inland Empire and and has collaborated with Hillels at UCLA and CSUN. Josh is working with the leadership of the Hebrew Academy of Huntington Beach to improve their middle school and to launch an academically and technologically rich independent High School.

Rachel and yonah bookstein create community for jewish young professionals RABBI YONAH & RACHEL BOOKSTEIN

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein and Rachel Bookstein are the creative team behind many JConnect programs and direct Camp Neshama and Shabbat Tent. They ran the Jewlicious Festival in Long Beach for 10 consecutive years. Additionally, they are the co-founders of Pico Shul  which is a project of Beth El Synagogue. Rabbi Yonah is the author of Prayers for Israel. They are leading voices of the Next Generation of American Jewry and are  internationally recognized leaders in Jewish innovation and engagement, with 25 years experience in the United States, Israel, and Europe

Jesse ProfileJESSE NOWLIN – IT DIRECTOR

Jesse Nowlin has been using technology to better operations for every organization he has been involved with for the past ten years. Drawing on his professional experience as an IT manager at a sizable real estate firm, Jesse is helping JConnect with their online presence and technological administration.