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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 Board Chair

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J-CREN Events

Our first event was held at The Works, Selig Enterprises’ 80-acre adaptive mixed-use development in the heart of Atlanta’s Upper Westside.  Over 160 professionals gathered outside in the greenspace called The Camp to network, socialize, and learn about the history of The Works and the work of Federation.  In December, a series of small mentoring lunches were hosted by some of Atlanta’s most well-known commercial real estate leaders.  They and their less seasoned guests discussed the industry as well as their involvement in the Jewish Community and the importance of Federation.

J-CREN’s second event was held at the Star Metals offices in Midtown and had over 100 people attend! The indoor/outdoor space, which is available to book for other events, was a fabulous venue for our network to learn about this new project as well as how Jewish Atlanta is helping those who are suffering in Ukraine.

Our third event was held at Pullman Yards, on the edges of Kirkwood and Edgewood.  Over 100 were there to network, learn about this incredible property, and hear about the impact Federation has on our local and global community.  The group also toured the property, which was originally built in 1904 by Pratt Engineering. Pullman Yards has had numerous uses over the course of a century and now serves as a creative and cultural focal point.

J-CREN Co-Chairs:

Eliot Arnovitz, M&P Shopping Centers
Seth Greenberg, ECI Group
Carolyn Oppenheimer, Halpern Enterprises
Tim Schrager, Perennial Properties

J-CREN Advisors:

Matt Bronfman
Jack Halpern
Norman Radow
Stephen Selig
Mindy Selig-Shouldberg
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