Young Leadership Los Angeles

Established in 2005, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Western Region- Young Leadership (YL) unites thousands of young business professionals in the Los Angeles area through mixers, Shabbat dinners, festivals, and the most talked about event of the year, the Young Leadership Gala. The YL Gala attracts over 750 young leaders for an unforgettable night of dinner, dancing, live entertainment, and casino-style gambling. As the Young Leadership’s largest fundraiser, the YL Gala raises over $350,000 for the brave young men and women of the Israel Defense Forces.

The Annual YL Mission to Israel creates everlasting bonds between FIDF young leaders across the country and the incredible IDF soldiers. Each year, more than 30 participants come together to experience Israel in a very different capacity. The IDF grants the FIDF YL Mission participants the unique opportunity to look at Israel from the inside by giving them unparalleled access to IDF bases, soldiers, and officials. Traveling with FIDF demonstrates to these brave young soldiers that although we live in the United States, we care for them and support them unconditionally.

The FIDF Young Leadership division allows young professionals to come together for a cause that is important to them and the Israel community. The YL Board is made up of socially motivated and active individuals that provide volunteer support in creating and executing the events and programs that define what the organization is all about. To become more involved with this dynamic community by joining the board or becoming a member, please contact the Director of Young Leadership, Molly Soboroff, by phone 323-843-2690 or email

Make sure to connect with us on Facebook and “Like” our Young Leadership Page for program updates and event information.

Western Region | 6505 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 625 | Los Angeles, CA 90048 | 323-843-2690 |

Young Leadership Los Angeles Upcoming Events

- Western Region Event Calendar -

FIDF YL on "The J Report" 

Young Leadership Los Angeles Executive Board of Directors

  • Aaron Leff, President
  • Ari Ryan, Chairman
  • Candice Farhadi
  • Robert Roig
  • Michael Spector
  • Zach Zalben

Young Leadership Los Angeles Board of Directors

  • Tiffany Afshani
  • David Alagem
  • Jennie Arad
  • Jamie Bernstein
  • Boyarsky
  • Jasmine Duel
  • Deena Eberly
  • Chantly Geoulla
  • Scott Gold
  • Jackson Greenberg
  • Dorielle Hanyecz
  • Monika Illouian
  • Adam Koral
  • Arie Lipnick
  • Carine Mamann
  • Daniel Mizrahi
  • Rachel Newman
  • Sherry Nourian
  • Robert Presser
  • Sandra Sanieoff
  • Larry Schnaid
  • Raya Sedgh
  • Maytal Sharifi
  • Slava Shut
  • Joe Simantob
  • Carli Smith
  • Lou Sokolovskiy
  • Michelle Soroudi
  • Jon Steiner
  • Marshall Stone
  • Michele Stone
  • Stacey Tabor
  • Gina Tennen
  • Lauren Wald
  • Cameron Wald
  • Jon Waterman
  • Mina Yaghoubzadeh

Young Leadership LA Co-Founders

  • Ari Ryan
  • Joseph Simantob
  • Larry M. Schnaid
  • Jon Waterman

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