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

FIDF YL Sunday Shvitz at SoulCycle

Sunday, May 4, 2014

2:00 PM 45 minute indoor cycling class

SoulCycle in Brentwood


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Young Leadership Los Angeles Board of Directors

Ari Ryan- Chairman Marissa Matthew
Aaron Leff- President Daniel Mizrahi
Zach Zalben- VP of Capital Laura Morrison
Alona Metz- VP of Capital Dorene Nili
Robert Roig- VP of Capital & Programming Sherry Nourian
Maytal Sharifi- VP of Programming Steve Post
Rachel Newman- VP of Programming & Recorder Robert Presser
Candice Farhadi- Treasurer Henry Razi
Arielle Adelman Michelle Romanoff
Dorothy Alon Bryan Rosencrantz
Jon Avganim Larry Schnaid
Elizabeth Berman Raya Sedgh
Matthew Clifford Ortal Shlomo
Jasmine Duel Jessica Shomof
Deena Eberly Joe Simantob
Simon Etehad Renee Simlak
Tzur Gabi Josh Smith
David Ghozland Lou Sokolovskiy
Scott Gold Michael Spector
Dorielle Hanyecz Marshall Stone
Justin Hinkes Michele Stone
Monika Illouian Stacey Tabor
Dan Kaplan Gina Tennen
Ofer Kashanian Jennifer Turken
Alina Kaufman Lauren Wald
Sam Kokin Jon Waterman
Adam Koral Yoni Weinberg
Arie Lipnick Caryn Wernecke
Ryan Levine Adi Werthman
Yael Markovich Kimberly Wright
Sarah Miller  


Young Leadership LA Co-Founders

Ari Ryan Joseph Simantob
Larry M. Schnaid Jon Waterman

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