Jewish young adults from region gathering at Chosen Weekend in Austin

Jewish young adults from throughout the region will converge on Austin the weekend of July 25 for The Chosen Weekend.

Co-founder and co-chair Samantha Tugentman said “We founded The Chosen Weekend as a way for Jewish young professionals from all across the South and Southwest to meet, share ideas, and network. It is a completely unaffiliated event where you don’t have to be a specific “type” of Jew — just a place to have fun, socialize, and meet people.”

Aimed at ages 22 to 40, the weekend begins with an all-you-can-eat fajita buffet, challah and margaritas to bring in Shabbat. An after-party continues at a Donn’s Depot Piano Bar and Saloon.

A Saturday afternoon pool party will be followed by a “Party of 8 Dinner” where participants are matched with seven others who have similar interests. The Chosen Night Party begins at 9:30 p.m. at the Majestic Music Hall, with open bar, dancing and networking. A brunch concludes the weekend, starting at 11:30 a.m. on July 27 at the Cedar Door, home of the original Mexican martini.

Travel and ticket information are available on the website. Planning representatives were organizing delegations from Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, and New Orleans representatives were being recruited.

Tugentman said they were proud of the inaugural weekend’s success last year. “I hope that The Chosen Weekend will become a great summer tradition for years to come that will allow our generation to mix and mingle while enjoying a few days in our wonderful city of Austin!”