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 1,000 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 $500,000 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

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

Young Leadership Los Angeles Upcoming Events

- Western Region Event Calendar -

YL Los Angeles - Past Events

FIDF Young Leadership – Benefit for Lone Soldiers

On the evening of June 15th, 2016 the Young Leadership of Los Angeles hosted its inaugural Soldier Series event benefitting FIDF’s Lone Soldier Program. 50 guests attended the event held at a private home in the Bel Air community. The event began with an intimate cocktail hour and passed hors d’ouevres. Attendees heard firsthand from 4 former IDF Lone Soldiers whose countries of origin include: France, United States, Ethiopia and Israel. Each spoke beautifully about their personal journeys and how FIDF positively impacted them during their service. The event concluded with a Q&A session inviting all guests the opportunity to ask questions and engage with our soldiers.      CLICK TO SEE VIDEO

9th Annual FIDF Young Leadership Gala – March 12th, 2016

Over 1,100 guests attended FIDF YL-LA’s SOLD OUT 9th Annual Roaring 20’s Old Hollywood Gala on March 12th, 2016 that honored the legacy of Zev Karkomi, former FIDF supporter. That’s right, 1,000! FIDF YL-LA’s most successful Gala yet, sold out days before the event and helped raise $500,000 in support of Israel’s Soldiers. The event took place at the historic Alexandria Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles that was generously donated by the Shomof Family. The night featured casino-style gambling, cocktails, and live entertainment, followed by a presentation from SNL’s Dan Ahdoot and a former IDF Lone Soldier from Los Angeles. Over $40,000 was raised in the Gala’s Silent Auction that featured Courtside Los Angeles Lakers Tickets, hotel stays, and Artwork by street artist Mr. Brainwash. A special thank you to Ari Ryan, our Gala Chair, our Co-Chairs, and incredible YL-LA Gala Committee, who this night would not have been possible without.     CLICK HERE TO READ MORE 


FIDF YL Annual Gala - "The Roaring 20's"" 

FIDF YL LA 2016 Gala from FIDF YL LA on Vimeo.

FIDF YL on "The J Report" 

Young Leadership Los Angeles Executive Board of Directors

  • Jennie Arad
  • Leeor Braude
  • Maxx Cohen
  • Aaron Leff
  • Robert Roig
  • Francesca Ruzin
  • Ari Ryan, YL-LA Chairman
  • Ari Ryan, Chairman
  • Tanya Saban
  • Dr. Slava Shut, DPT
  • Michael Spector
  • Melanie Wiener
  • Zach Zalben, YL-LA President

Young Leadership Los Angeles Board of Directors

  • Leeor Alpern
  • Dorielle Birnkrant
  • Celine Cohan
  • Susanna Davidov
  • Shar Edalati
  • Sherry Elbaz
  • Chantly Geoulla
  • Adam Grant
  • David Lebantal
  • Jacqueline Lowy
  • Danielle Moses
  • Melody Pakravan
  • Roxana Pourshalimi
  • Larry M. Schnaid
  • Jessica Shaouli
  • Jessica Shomof
  • David Sibelman
  • Joseph Simantob
  • Davina Simantob
  • Jon Steiner
  • Sheerly Tene
  • Ilana Uretsky
  • Jon Waterman
  • Alana Weiner

Young Leadership LA Co-Founders

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

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