Ariel Frechtman, the community engagement director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, is one of 22 young communal leaders across the nation named a Next Gen Jewish Federations Fellow in mid-March.

The 18-month program, funded by a grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, offers tools and training to help participants lead the critical work of engaging with Jews in their 20s and 30s.

The Jewish Federations of North America is working with North Carolina’s Center for Creative Leadership and the Jerusalem-based M2: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education to develop coursework and meaningful experiences that grow leadership skills and connect Frechtman and the others more deeply to Judaism so they are ready to be innovators and leaders of the Jewish next generation.