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 AhdootLishai Kamjoo
Leon BenrimonGity Kogan
Dorielle BirnkrantDanielle Moses
David CohanDanielle Mund
Eden CohenJanel Nour-Omid
Maxx CohenJustine Nour-Omid
Hayley FrankelTalia Nour-Omid
Liz GoldsteinRoxana Pourshalimi
Adam GrantJimmy Shomof
Shardae HanookaiRachael Sklar
Zoe Hartman 


Executive Board Members

Jennie Arad – PresidentRob Roig
Leeor BraudeFrancesca Ruzin – Vice President
Chantly GeoullaMichael Spector
Shmuly GoldsmithMelanie Wiener
Yitzy PearsonZach Zalben – Chairman



Ari Ryan
Larry M. Schnaid
Joseph Simantob
Jon Waterman