About Young Leadership New York

Young Leadership New York (YL-NY) was founded in 2002. Since its inception, YL-NY has grown to a community 10,000+ strong of young professionals ages 21-40. It is comprised of emerging philanthropists from a span of professional trades. We are committed to raising funds to care for the wellbeing of Israel's soldiers.

YL-NY’s fundraising efforts provide IDF soldiers with economic support through the DIGNITY program, much-needed weeks of rest and relaxation, flights home for Lone Soldiers, and much more.

Governed by a Board of 39 dedicated lay leaders, YL-NY offers a diverse range of educational and social activities throughout the year, including parlor meetings with IDF soldiers, Shabbat dinners, large scale events at premiere venues, and a National Mission to Israel. The YL-NY Annual Gala is the premiere young Jewish philanthropic event of the year, boasting an attendance of 1,600 young professionals.

One of YL-NY’s major achievements includes the adoption of the 401st Armour Brigade, Iron Trails, an elite tank unit that leads ground forces into battle. Over $1,615,000 has been raised to care for their well-being.

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Executive Board

Alex Berman – President  Matthew Brunwasser – Executive Board Member 
Douglas Bunim – Chairman  Ashley Emrani – Executive Board Member 
Alexandra Faivus – Vice President  Matthew Gelles  – Executive Board Member 
Brian Mermelshtein – Treasurer  Talia Hermesh – Executive Board Member 
Amanda Berman – Secretary  Jeff Kashi  – Executive Board Member 

Board Members 

Debbie Konstadt Abramson Tracy Gelles Sophie Nathan
Sydney Altschuler Noushka Green Jane Oster
Adam Bachner Brett Jacobs Amanda Paul
Lexi Bakhash Caroline Klatt Sophie Polins
Jason Berger Ariel Kreisler Bri Rubach
Lauren Bronstein Jarret Leist Aviva Shwaid
Jeremy Burke Jake Mansher Alli Spielman
Simon Elkharrat Benjamin Mayo Avi Sutton
Monica Emrani Rafi Moskowitz Lisa Zelouf
Rachel Fix Scott Nadler  

Past Presidents 

Ashley Emrani Adam Tantleff
Lemor Balter Tony Felzen
Jeremy Shure Howard Schor

Past Chairmen

Brian Mermelshtein
Lemor Balter
Jane Oster
Jason Schwalbe 
Tony Felzen