Connecting 20s / 30s to something they find meaningful
We Take On The Challenge
We are here to engage 20s/30s adults who have a Jewish connection in our city.
We are here to enrich their experiences, build community, and help them sustain a Jewish life long into the future.
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Here's What We've Learned...
For the majority of our constituents, their relationship with being Jewish is complicated and evolving. 20s/30s cannot be told what to do or what to believe—it has to be natural, self learned, and affirmed by trusted peer networks. Tribe 12 acts as a guide for those willing to walk with us, especially because we believe there is no right way to be Jewish—it is a personal path and each one is unique. Tribe 12 wants people to choose to walk that Jewish path for themselves. We do believe that the path is a progression from engagement—the initial steps, often in starts and stops—to Jewish connection; through enrichment when a person makes a conscious choice to do something Jewish that requires commitment and higher level Jewish thought; to empowerment when a person has transcended partaking in Jewish behaviors that can be turned on and off, to a state when Judaism is consciously and unconsciously integrated into the essential components of their life—partner, peers, place, profession, and purpose.
Our programming strategy needs to provide a three pronged entryway to Jewish life and community through engagement, enrichment, and referral to best serve our mission.
Tribe 12’s roots are in engagement — creating low barrier opportunities to “do something Jewish” and be part of a Jewish community. This is essential to our mission and success, yet to ensure a well rounded programming strategy that can meet the needs of EVERY 20s/30s we encounter, engagement must be paired with meaningful enrichment opportunities for those who wish to “level up” on their Jewish path and targeted referrals for constituents who may be best served by other opportunities in the Jewish community. By being equally committed to programming and opportunities along the full spectrum of potential Jewish entry points we are able to truly meet our constituents where they are and get them to the right place at the right time on their Jewish path.
Tribe 12’s roots go back to the founding of The Collaborative in 1998. Annabel “Rusty” Lindy, a philanthropist, activist and leader in the Philadelphia Jewish community watched her three children and many like them reach adulthood without finding meaningful connections with Jewish institutions after college and into their 20s.
At the time, it was becoming clear that the generations coming of age in the ’80s and ’90s were very different than past generations and were looking for new ways to engage Jewishly with each other and in communities. At a time long before successful 20s/30s engagement organizations like Birthright Israel and Moishe House, Annabel leveraged her relationships with a number of Jewish organizations, including Hillel and the Gershman Y, to convene a group to discuss the needs of 20s/30s and seek solutions.
As a result, in 1998, The Collaborative was birthed to provide meaningful and comfortable Jewish experiences in non-traditional settings to meet and connect with other 20s/30s. Before her passing, Annabel gave her blessing and sustaining financial support to expand the program as an independent 501c3 organization. Hence, in 2010, Tribe 12 was founded – with Annabel’s husband Phil Lindy as the Founding President – to continue to engage 20s/30s to Jewish life and community today, so they will continue to connect tomorrow.
Board of Directors
Rabbi Bonnie Goldberg, President
Craig Blackman, Esq., Vice President
Edward Rivkin, Treasurer
Frank Lindy, Secretary
Rabbi Howard Alpert
Judge Harold Berger
Michael Cohen, Eq.
Stacey Pass Prieto
Sherrie Savett, Esq.
Annabel “Rusty” Lindy, Visionary Founder (z”l)
Phil Lindy, Founding President (z”l)
*Alumni of a Tribe 12 program