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History

History

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He's a Yankee and she's a born and bred Texan. Guess where they chose to live? Yup!

Shortly after moving to San Antonio in the summer of 2010 to expand Chabad programming in the Alamo City, Rabbi Levi & Rochel Teldon and a couple of guests around their crammed Shabbat table came up with a simple idea: let's establish a group that would cater to the spiritual, educational, and social needs of Jewish young professionals living in San Antonio.

Well, after the main course, YJSA was born.

Over the following five years, hundreds of young, Jewish professionals, grad students, couples, entrepreneurs, visitors, military trainees, Sephardim, Ashkenazim, and young Jews from all backgrounds and levels of observance, have all shared one common experience: their Neshama, their Jewish identity, was touched in a positive way.

It happens while toasting L'chaim around a beautiful Shabbat table bedecked with Rochel's delicious homemade food, or while toasting L'chaim at a happy hour at a local bar; it could happen while volunteering with other YJSA'ers at a local charitable organization or while schmoozing at a Wine & Cheese social; it's happened when YJSA'ers meet up for coffee or drinks, attend each others weddings and share in each others sorrows. And it happens while challenging your beliefs at Rabbi Levi's weekly class or when looking for your car while wearing your Purim costume.

According to a Bloomberg report, "San Antonio had nearly a 30 percent jump in its millennial population between 2000 and 2013," said a recent article in the San Antonio Business Journal.

San Antonio's young Jewish community is growing fast. Be a part if it!

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