The rabbi for Southern California Jewish Young Adult Enrichment was Rabbi Drew Kaplan. A 2009 graduate from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Rabbi Drew has been in Southern California since November 2009, working with young adults, college students, and teenagers, as the rabbi for Southern California Jewish Student Services (SoCalJSS). Amongst his duties with SoCalJSS, he had also served as the rabbi for Long Beach Hillel.
Having met numerous young adults who were post-college, Rabbi Drew saw the need to branch out and to engage with young adults in their 20s-30s. To that end, Rabbi Drew began developing SoCalJYAE in January 2013 alongside his work with SoCalJSS. When Rabbi Drew departed SoCalJSS in July 2016, he also left SoCalJYAE.