A Culture of Giving

Our Chai and Ben-Gurion Societies are donor recognition groups for professionals in their 20s and 30s, whose gifts to the Federation’s Annual Campaign provide access to exclusive events and opportunities. Through the generosity of our donors, the Federation is able to strengthen Jewish communities, develop groundbreaking initiatives, and provide essential relief aid in L.A. and around the world.

Every dollar counts, and your gift can easily be made in installments. Learn more.

Chai Society

With an annual gift of $180 or more, members are invited to attend exclusive social and networking events, sit on a YALA committee, and enjoy advanced registration and discounts at selected events. Learn more.

Ben-Gurion Society

With an annual gift of $1000 or more, members join a national donor recognition society that empowers young adults to combine their passion, knowledge, and resources to build a stronger Jewish community in LA and around the world. Learn more.

Our Chairs


Shahrad Nahai is Co-Chair of YALA’s donor strategy, and began his work with The Jewish Federation in 2012. He previously served as the Chair of YALA’s Real Estate and Construction professionals network. Born in Tehran, Iran, Shahrad moved to Los Angeles with his family at the age of one.

After graduating from Boston University in 1999 with a B.S. in Business Management, Shahrad moved back to Los Angeles to begin a career at his family-run Nahai Insurance Services. Shahrad has worked as a managing director for more than 15 years, and together they have become one of Los Angeles’ largest privately held insurance brokerages.
Over the years, Shahrad has developed a dedicated spiritual practice, which includes Kundalini Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation. Shahrad obtained his Kundalini Yoga Teacher Certification in 2011 and continues to build on his passion for spiritual nourishment and self-development. Shahrad also enjoys long-distance running and singing.


Stephen Rischall is Co-Chair of YALA’s donor strategy. His connection to Judaism and passion for Israel were reignited through his participation on a 2011 Birthright Israel LA Way trip. Professionally, Stephen is the Vice-President and co-founder of 1080 Financial Group, a full-service investment advisory and financial planning firm. He earned his degree in Finance at California State University Northridge and continued post-graduate education with the College for Financial Planning.

Stephen lives an active life. He enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, wakeboarding, and golf.

Upcoming Events


Real Estate Shabbat (YALA)

Private home in Beverly Hills Friday 7:00 pm

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Beach Yoga with Brad (YALA)

Santa Monica Beach Sunday 10:30 am

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Post-Undergrad Screen Printing Workshop (YALA)

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Wednesday 7:00 pm

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