Young Leadership los angeles

About Young Leadership Los Angeles

Young Leadership Los Angeles (YL-LA) was founded in 2005 by Ari Ryan, Joseph Simantob, Larry M. Schnaid, and Jon Waterman. YL-LA is comprised of socially motivated and active individuals that provide volunteer support in producing events that help fulfill FIDF’s mission.

YL-LA hosts a range of social and educational events throughout the year designed for young professionals in the greater Los Angeles area. Events include festivals, mixers, Shabbat dinners, Soldier Series, Sunday Shvitz classes, and a National Mission to Israel. The YL-LA Young Leadership Gala is the premiere young Jewish philanthropic event of the year complete with dinner, dancing, live entertainment, and gambling; it brings together more than 1,200 young professionals.

One of YL-LA’s most noteworthy accomplishments includes funding the lobby inside of the Central Synagogue in IDF’s Negev Base, an Outdoor Leisure Corner for the soldiers of Golani Brigade, Lone Soldier flights home, and IMPACT! scholarships for ex-soldiers

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Contact this chapter to learn how you can get involved with FIDF locally.

Board Members

Johnny Ahdoot Lishai Kamjoo
Leon Benrimon Gity Kogan
Dorielle Birnkrant Danielle Moses
David Cohan Danielle Mund
Eden Cohen Janel Nour-Omid
Maxx Cohen Justine Nour-Omid
Hayley Frankel Talia Nour-Omid
Liz Goldstein Roxana Pourshalimi
Adam Grant Jimmy Shomof
Shardae Hanookai Rachael Sklar
Zoe Hartman  


Executive Board Members

Jennie Arad – President Rob Roig
Leeor Braude Francesca Ruzin – Vice President
Chantly Geoulla Michael Spector
Shmuly Goldsmith Melanie Wiener
Yitzy Pearson Zach Zalben – Chairman



Ari Ryan
Larry M. Schnaid
Joseph Simantob
Jon Waterman