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Jewish Commercial Real Estate Network

What is J-CREN?

J-CREN is a network of Jewish commercial real estate professionals and individuals from related industries that was put together by the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. The group gathers for networking and learning opportunities as well as to engage with the work of Federation.  J-CREN is for new and seasoned professionals alike. It is also free to join! Email newsletters are sent every other month as well as communications specific to events. Thanks to generous sponsors, all events are free.

Why J-CREN and Why Now?

“The number of Jewish commercial real estate professionals in Atlanta is large and growing. Giving them opportunities to network with each other and engage more with the work of Federation will strengthen Jewish Atlanta.”

-Matt Bronfman, Principal, Chief Executive Officer of Jamestown and Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta Immediate Past Board Chair

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J-CREN Events

Events have been held at The Works – Selig Enterprises’ 80-acre adaptive mixed-use development in the heart of Atlanta’s Upper Westside, the new office building at Star Metals District – a mixed-use development in Midtown, Pullman Yards – a creative and cultural focal point on the edges of Kirkwood and Edgewood, and the offices of Halpern Enterprises where we learned about Centennial Yards Atlanta.   This 50-acre urban revitalization project is expected to transform underutilized property in the heart of Downtown Atlanta into a thriving community with leading businesses, retail establishments, a world-class entertainment district, and thousands of new apartments designed to develop a diverse, collaborative, and inclusive community.

Each event also spotlights the work of Federation and the involvement of J-CREN professionals in that work.  There is always plenty of time for attendees to network, socialize, and enjoy seeing each unique space.

Occasionally there are small mentoring lunches hosted by some of Atlanta’s most well-known commercial real estate leaders.  They and their less seasoned guests discuss the commercial real estate industry as well as involvement in the Jewish Community and the importance of Federation.

Our next event will be held on January 22 at 5:30pm at The Office Bar | 1105 West Peachtree Street. Sign up for our mailing list today to receive our bi-monthly newsletter and event updates.

J-CREN Co-Chairs:

Greg Eisenman, Franklin Street
Carolyn Oppenheimer, Halpern Enterprises
Tim Schrager, Perennial Properties
Mindy Selig-Shoulberg, Selig Enterprises

J-CREN Advisors:

Eliot Arnovitz
Matt Bronfman
Seth Greenberg
Jack Halpern
Norman Radow
Stephen Selig
Mark Silberman

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Hear From Our Founder and Co-Chairs

The Real Estate Community as part of the greater Jewish Community has always shouldered its load in
terms of leadership and financial support of the Federation as well as the greater community. The Real
Estate Division (JCREN) allows real estate professionals a chance to meet, share ideas and create
friendships and mentorships. It is a chance to do well by doing good.

Eliot ArnovitzM&P Shopping Centers

Atlanta real estate has always had a strong Jewish representation. But over the past decade the number of young, smart, energetic deal makers has grown. J-CREN is an opportunity to bring the seasoned and the young together for networking, deal making and getting to know and understand the history and importance of the Jewish community. Many of these young people have grown up in Atlanta and being Jewish was always a part of their identity. But they are now of an age where it is their time to step up, get involved and help to build the Atlanta Jewish Community while they are building the skyline of our city.

Carolyn OppenheimerHalpern Enterprises

The real estate industry has historically been an outperforming sector of the economy, and it’s filled with generous people that are often looking for ways to give back. We also know that real estate folks like to network, and they like to see the latest and greatest developments in their community. J-CREN provides an aligning of the stars for industry professionals. Our events will provide the opportunity to see and be seen, and to hear from industry leaders who are often community leaders in their spare time. If J-CREN can provide the platform for all of this to happen, then the program will be a success for the participants, Federation, and most importantly, for the community.

Tim SchragerPerennial Properties

The founding of JCREN now brings together multiple generations and an abundance of young people working in the industry to be better connected to the mission of Federation and our growing Atlanta Jewish community.

Mark SilbermanFounder of J-CREN
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