Amy Zeide is the executive director of the nonprofit she founded, Creating Connected Communities, where she trains Jewish teens to become community leaders. She is working with 65 Jewish teenagers around Atlanta, using a curriculum she developed to target such communitywide issues as homelessness, foster care, refugees and children attending Title I schools (a mark of poverty).

The organization began with Amy’s Holiday Party, which she started as her bat mitzvah project and continues to hold each December to ensure inner-city children get to celebrate Christmas. She has grown the nonprofit over two decades so that she can work full time for it and employ a seven-person part-time staff. The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta presented her the Mary and Max London People Power Award in 2016.

A resident of Dunwoody with her husband, Aaron, and three children, Zeide is excited about the future of Jewish Atlanta.

“I think this is a great time to be under 40 in Jewish Atlanta because there’s so much innovation going on right now. Different organizations are working together to strengthen and enhance our community,” she said. “I think that’s important as young people start to take more leadership roles in that process.”

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