Jewish Home Life Communities has launched YAD, a young professionals networking group designed to complement existing programming.

The group held its first meeting Thursday, June 2, at Srochi Hall in the William Breman Jewish Home. Longtime Jewish Atlanta business leader Sid Kirschner was the featured speaker.

Kirschner, the executive vice president and chief philanthropy officer of Piedmont Healthcare, imparted knowledge from his years working in education, health care and philanthropy. Among his pearls of wisdom:

Sid Kirschner addresses the debut meeting of YAD. He began his remarks by saying, “This is your first meeting; I hope it isn’t your last after I speak.”

Sid Kirschner addresses the debut meeting of YAD. He began his remarks by saying, “This is your first meeting; I hope it isn’t your last after I speak.”

  • “Surround yourself with people who know more than you. It takes a team to achieve great things.”
  • “People see what you do even when you think they aren’t looking. Always set a good example.”
  • “Look for a good reason to say yes, but know when to say no.”
  • “Be a great listener.”

In his 60-year professional career, Kirschner’s roles have included head of school of the Davis Academy; chairman and chief executive officer of Northside Hospital; chairman, president and CEO of National Service Industries; and president of the Electric Motor Division of General Dynamics.

His philanthropic work includes serving on the boards of Jewish Home Life Communities and Camp Kudzu.

Allison Hahn, who works as a development associate at the William Breman Jewish Home, is heading up the networking group and is hopeful it will find a place among Atlanta’s wealth of young professional organizations.

“We don’t want to compete with other young adult groups and divisions,” she said. “We just want to make people aware of Jewish Home Life Communities and what we do. It’s just another place to give back and get involved.”

Jewish Home Life Communities CEO Harley Tabak introduces YAD’s first speaker June 2.

Jewish Home Life Communities CEO Harley Tabak introduces YAD’s first speaker June 2.

The nonprofit organization provides health care and wellness services to older adults in metro Atlanta, as well as education and support to their families and the community.

Hahn said the mission of YAD is to get young people more involved with the organization and to bridge the gap between generations.

“We want to make sure that the next generation follows in volunteering and giving back,” Hahn said. “We have music events. We have bingo games. We have friendly visits. The residents love to see dogs come. There are many opportunities to volunteer.”