Meet Our Leaders
The opportunity to serve on the Young Adults of Los Angeles (YALA) Board of Directors is a unique, rewarding and exciting leadership experience.
2013 YALA Board:
Jason Adelman is Co-Chair of YALA Board. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jason spent his college years in San Diego and London before moving back to L.A. to start his career in the Entertainment industry. He’s worked for film studio Artisan Entertainment in sales & marketing, CBS Television in reality programming, branded entertainment firm Madison Road Entertainment, and entertainment marketing agency, Platinum Rye Entertainment.
Jason began his leadership participation with the Jewish Federation when he was accepted into the Entertainment Industry Leadership Institute (EILI) program from 2008-2009. He then held the position of Co-Chair of Engagement for the Entertainment Council in 2010, Co-Chair of the Entertainment Council in 2012 and now Co-Chair or the YALA Board.
In the summer of 2010 Jason was asked by the Federation to lead the first ever Birthright: Israel “Entertainment Bus” from Los Angeles, where he and YALA Director Mara Simon-Meyer supervised 50 young adults and Israeli soldiers on a trip of a lifetime. That was Jason’s third time in Israel and certainly not his last! Additionally, Jason founded the Federation’s unofficial co-ed Softball team called, “The Feds”, who each season are always at the top of the league – and they do it in style!
Jason credits the Federation as the place where he met many of his closest and dearest friends today, and has seen first-hand the amazing impact the Federation and the expansive young Jewish community can have on one’s life, both personally and professionally. Over the upcoming year, Jason is most looking forward to re-energizing the pulse of Jewish Entertainment young professionals through the Entertainment Council, as well as building a strong and cohesive YALA that will serve as a shining example across Los Angeles as the very best in young Jewish community, philanthropy and Tzedaka.
Jessica Boar Del Cid is the Co-Chair of EMET our young legal group. Originally from New Jersey, Jessica is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Emory University Law School. Jessica moved to Los Angeles from New York City four years ago and is currently a labor and employment litigator at Bingham McCutchen. Philanthropy and tzedakah have always been important to her and she is involved with numerous charitable organizations. She currently sits on the boards of Emory Law School and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and is a member of Federation's Legal Division Executive Committee. In her free time Jessica enjoys yoga, hanging out at the beach and cheering for the New York Rangers.
Cara Bovitz is currently a YALA Valley Co-Chair. Cara was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and, after several years on the Westside, is proud to once again call it home.
Cara has been involved with the Jewish Federation since 2007 when she served as the Education Chair of YLD bringing relevant and interesting speakers to talk to the young people of our community. She initially got involved with Federation as a way to meet like-minded, young Jews and is happy to say that some of her closest friends are people she met through Federation. In addition to working with Federation locally, Cara has participated in JFNA-sponsored conferences around the country including: Washington 15 in 2008, New Orleans National Young Leadership Conference in 2009 and TribeFest in 2011 & 2012.
Currently, Cara is a Market Research professional in the Valley. For fun, Cara enjoys playing tennis, cooking, traveling and going to Dodger games.
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Megan Braverman, Co-Chair of YALA’s Ben-Gurion Society (BGS), is a senior account manager with Berbay Corp., a marketing and public relations firm specializing in working with law firms and other professional service firms. Megan has been involved in the Federation since 2009 and, in addition to her role in YALA, is a cabinet member of the Real Estate and Construction (REC) Division.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Megan received her undergraduate degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Dayton. She has previously worked in a variety of industries such as real estate, event marketing and not-for-profit.
Carly Einfeld is currently the Co-Chair of Clusters on the YALA Board. Carly is originally from Sydney, Australia and made the move to LA 2 years ago to pursue a career in television production.
After arriving in Los Angeles, Carly joined the social committee for the Young Leadership Division (YLD) in 2010 and helped plan the 2010 summer soiree. From that initial experience Carly has participated in two National Young Leadership trips to Israel, a TribeFest participant in 2010, co-chaired the summer soiree for 2011, and is co-chair for the Young Adult bus for the Jewish Federation of LA centennial mission to Israel. Carly’s passion for involvement began at a young age while attending camps with Zionist youth movement Betar. Since then Carly had been involved in both the Jewish Communal Appeal and United Israel Appeal in Australia. Carly also had a leadership role at the Australasian Union Of Jewish Students (AUJS), which included spending two months in Israel and was a participant in the AUJS leadership-training program. Carly also volunteered as a youth leader at Great Synagogue Youth camps.
She initially became involved with YALA because of the great work the Federation of Los Angeles does and for her love of giving back to the Jewish community and Tikun Olam. Her favorite part about having a leadership position in YALA is the exciting things we are going to achieve in the coming year and is very excited to introduce the idea of Clusters to Los Angeles. When she’s not volunteering her time with YALA Carly likes to spend her time with her friends, most of whom she met through the Jewish Federation, honing her photography skills and spending time with her dog, Freckles.
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Joel Fogelson is continuing for a second term as the Social Action Co-Chair for YALA. Joel is also a 2012 graduate of the Entertainment Industry Leadership Institute (EILI) offered by Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. Joel works with Beit T’Shuvah on several projects as well.
Joel is proudly from Chicago, but he loves Los Angeles - his home for the last two years.
Joel is a Patent Attorney for Technicolor where he works with inventors on their creations and on patent licensing issues. Joel enjoys traveling, traveling, traveling, and helping people solve problems because he is an engineer, after all. He is currently learning how to ski.
David Kelleher is Co-Chair of the Entertainment Council on the YALA Board. David moved to Los Angeles from Miami, Fl after college (Go Noles) to pursue a career in the Entertainment industry. He has worked for E! Entertainment and the Style Network and currently is Executive Vice President and Head of Production for reality production company, T Group Productions.
After years focused on building his career, he was looking for a way to reconnect with Judaism and focus more time on philanthropy. Always gravitating towards leadership, in 2010 he started his involvement with the Jewish Federation in the 2010 EILI class where he travelled to Israel for the second time. Since then he has remained active and met some of his closest friends through the Federation…and its softball team, which he coaches.
David is excited to continue his growth within the Federation as well as continue to shape an amazing program within the entertainment division.
Sarah Landis, currently YALA’s Co-Chair for the Valley Alliance, is a fourth grade teacher in LAUSD. She has been volunteering for the Jewish Federation since she was in grade school. During Super Sundays, Federation’s biggest fundraising day of the year, she could always be seen making calls, running cards or inputting data. Through her Federation involvement, Sarah has volunteered and worked at National Young Leadership Conferences (NYLC), General Assemblies, and Washington conferences. Having seen the Federation’s amazing work, it wasn’t until she traveled on Federation’s National Young Leadership Mission to Israel that she was inspired to take on an active leadership role within the community. Inspired by the words of Eleanor Roosevelt and the Jewish values instilled by her parents, she embodies the notion of “It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself,” and leads by example. Sarah is a Ben-Gurion Society member, Co-Chaired the Los Angeles delegation for JFNA’s inaugural TribeFest 2011 in Las Vegas, and sits on the Valley Alliance’s Board of Directors.
An avid athlete and die-hard soccer fan, Sarah played softball and soccer growing up.
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Sabrina Meyer is excited to take on her new role as YALA Programs & Events Co-Chair. Previously, Sabrina helped Co-Chair and start YLD in the Valley, was the 2010 Tribefest Co-Chair, 2011 LA Centennial Israel Mission Trip Young Adult Co-Chair, and 2011 Outreach & Engagement Committee member of both YALA and REC. She was born and raised in LA and is a proud Wildcat from the University of Arizona. Sabrina works in the Title Insurance industry specializing in both Residential and Commercial Real Estate. She grew up learning a lot from her father about Real Estate investing and the stock market and the excitement of the Jewish holidays and traditions from her mother, both of whom strongly believe in the act of giving back. She also enjoys networking and charity work with the Young Real Estate Professional (YREP-YPN) committee of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors and has played in several competitive kickball leagues. In addition to her role in YALA, Sabrina currently serves as the REC Ambassador Co-Chair, and member of the Valley Alliance Board of Directors.
Arielle Morrison is the Co-Chair of the YALA Board. Arielle is originally from San Diego, and moved to LA two years ago after working at the Jewish Federation of San Diego as the Young Adult Division Manager. Currently Arielle works at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as a Development Officer on the fundraising team.
Arielle has held a number of roles in the Federation, including: Young Adult Division Co-Chair, Birthright Israel trip leader in Summer 2009, New Orleans National Young Leadership Conference participant in 2009, and Tribefest participant in March 2010. She initially became involved with YALA because she wanted to connect with other young Jews when she first moved to Los Angeles. She is most excited about the abundance of new programming that YALA is providing, connecting young people to Federation, as well as attending Tribefest in the year ahead.
In addition to volunteering her time with YALA she also volunteers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. For fun Arielle enjoys playing softball, running, cooking, and hanging out with her friends and family.
Matt Perlmutter is currently the REC Young Leadership Co-Chair as well as a board member representing the Next Generation for ORT America in Los Angeles, a global nonprofit that provides people with skills to foster economic self-sufficiency. He is also an actively involved in Toastmasters (a communication and leadership program), the American Jewish University, and Provisors (a professional networking group made up of high level professional service advisors). Matt graduated from Boston University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication. He is a native Angeleno and works as an office leasing advisor for CBRE, assisting office occupiers with lease negotiations, strategic planning, needs assessments, due diligence, financial analysis and market expertise.
Robin Polansky is the Co-Chair of Social Action on the YALA Board. This past year, she moved to Los Angeles from San Francisco, where she most recently served on the Executive Board of YAD (Young Adult Division of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties). Robin was first introduced to Federation leadership at the Boston National Young Leadership Conference in 2010 and she has since participated in National Young Leadership's TribeFest 2011 and 2012.
Robin is an emergency room physician. She is also on the Board of the Young Women's Division of the Guardians and a founding member of Friends of Beit T'Shuvah, a new young adult group dedicated to introducing the general community to Beit T'Shuvah as well as providing career guidance to Beit T'Shuvah graduates. Robin learned about Beit T'Shuvah (a residential addiction treatment center, full-service congregation, and Federation partner organization) at one of YALA’s social events. One of Robin's main goals as Co-Chair of Social Action is to introduce the young adult Jewish community to other Federation partner organizations through meaningful volunteer events.
Stephen Rischall co-chairs YALA’s Ben-Gurion Society. His connection to Judaism and passion for Israel was reignited through his participation on a 2011 LA Way Birthright Israel trip. Since then, he’s become more involved with the Ben-Gurion Society, Jewish Business Leaders, and YALA.
As a professional, Stephen is a licensed financial advisor with Waddell & Reed, Inc. He helps young professionals and business owners with long term investment strategies and comprehensive financial planning. He earned his degree in Finance at California State University Northridge and continued post graduate education with the College for Financial Planning where he was awarded the CRPC- Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation. Waddell & Reed is not affiliated with YALA.
Stephen lives an active lifestyle in the San Fernando Valley. In his free time he enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, wakeboarding, basketball and golf.
Jennifer Rheuban is YALA’s Chair for New Member Outreach. Originally from Los Angeles, her main involvement in the Jewish community growing up was at overnight camp in Malibu. She got involved in YALA almost a year ago and was excited to meet people that reflected her values and goals, and had the good fortune to travel to Israel with JFNA on their 2012 summer mission.
She currently is a Regional Manager for J Vineyards and Winery, and has been in the wine business for 8 years. Over the course of her career she has earned many certificates in the wine industry and holds the title of Certified Sommelier. She loves talking about wine and is always happy to offer any helpful hints to make the wine world seem less intimidating. One of Jennifer’s other biggest passions in life is camp, and from that she created the Adult Color Wars, which an event for adult to act like kids and help raise money for camp’s scholarship foundations. Between this and being involved in YALA she has met some wonderful people, many who are now close friends. She is looking forward to meeting new people and helping give them a place in the community that they too can call home.
Tracy Sandler, a Los Angeles native, is excited to continue for a second term on the YALA Board. Prior to moving to LA, Tracy spent four and a half years in Washington, DC, where she was a two-time cabinet member in the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (2007-2011). As Executive Director of Serve DC - The Mayor's Office on Volunteerism, Tracy led the agency that oversaw all Americorps*State programs in the District of Columbia, trained thousands of Emergency Preparedness volunteers, put on six Seasons of Service Days, and implemented Mayoral initiatives regarding service.
Tracy is currently a documentary filmmaker and is looking forward continuing the work of service in the community as Co-Chair of YALA Programs and Events.
Gwen Schapira is the Real Estate and Construction (REC) Co-Chair. A native Angeleno, Gwen feels passionately about giving back to the community, both local and abroad. She attributes her strong sense of commitment to Jewish Federation to her mother and father who have spent the last few decades serving the organization and community in various capacities.
Gwen has participated in various charitable programs including: Koreh LA, Bet Tzedek, Super Sunday, Wilshire Boulevard Temple Food Pantry, AIPAC, Meals on Wheels, and others. She also cares passionately about the welfare of animals and is a fervent supporter of ASPCA.
Gwen has had the privilege of traveling to Israel twice through Federation and hopes to visit again many more times in the future.
Gwen graduated from University of Arizona with a focus on Political Science and Communication Studies. She then proceeded to receive a Juris Doctor from the University of La Verne. Gwen is a member of the State Bar of California, the California Department of Real Estate, as well as the Beverly Hills Bar Association. She currently works at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank as a commercial real estate broker specializing in retail.
Steve Tollin is the Co-Chair of CLUSTERS on the YALA Board. Steve is originally from Philadelphia and moved to LA in 2001 after going to Northwestern University and living in Chicago for a few years after school. Steve’s professional background is in sales. Steve owned The Greek Telephone Directory, Inc., which he founded in 1995 after graduating from NU. Steve has been involved with the Jewish Federation since 2008, serving as the Co-Chair of the Young Leadership Division's Outreach & Engagement Committee. As the current Co-Chair of CLUSTERS, Steve looks forward to reaching out to many young Jewish Adults in the LA community and hopefully get them involved in one of the many different event groups that will be a part of CLUSTERS.
Michael Waghalter currently serves as Co-Chair of the Entertainment Council. Michael began his involvement in the Jewish Federation as a participant in the 2010 Entertainment Industry Leadership Institute (EILI), and most recently co-chaired the 2011-2012 EILI class.
A native of Houston, Texas, Michael received his BA in Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin, where he served on the student board of Texas Hillel. After college, Michael worked in the Jewish non-profit world for six years, first as the Executive Director of Hillel at the University of Oklahoma, and later as an Associate Director for the Southwest Region of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
Michael moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to attend the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Receiving his MBA with a concentration in the Business of Entertainment, Michael has since held positions in Business Development, Digital Media, and Strategy at Comcast Entertainment Group (now NBC Universal), Discovery Communications, and his current position as Vice President of FX Productions at Fox Networks Group.
In addition to his work with the Federation, Michael serves on the Executive Committee of the Leadership Training Institute of AIPAC, and has participated in multiple endurance event fundraisers for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team In Training program. In his spare time, he enjoys spoiling his nieces and nephew, traveling to foreign countries (especially Israel), hiking Runyon Canyon, and spending time with his newly-adopted retired racing greyhound Tony.
Shanah is YALA’s Co-chair for New Member Engagement and Education. Originally from Long Beach, Shanah began her Jewish community involvement as a child, which continued into adulthood through her involvement in Federation’s young adult groups across the country, most recently Chicago’s Young Leadership Division (YLD) and now YALA in LA. Through these groups, Shanah has met some incredible people, built close friendships, and has found a wonderful community of which to be a part. As the Co-chair for New Member Outreach and Education, she hopes to “pay it forward” and provide the same to the new and established members of the YALA community.
As a native Californian, Shanah was thrilled to move back to Los Angeles 5 years ago. She had left the amazing weather to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a Master’s degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University in New York, and build her Human Resources career within the Fashion, Financial Services, and Entertainment industries. Shanah is currently the Director, Human Resources at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Jocelyn Orloff is the Federation’s Senior Director for Young Adult Engagement. Originally from New York and has lived in Los Angeles for the past two years. Prior to moving to LA, she lived in Saint Louis where she served as the BBYO director for four years. Jocelyn will be joining the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles from Sinai Temple where she held the role of Atid Director in charge of all young professional programs for adults in their 20s and 30s. In 2011 she finished her MBA from Indiana University, her Masters in Jewish Liberal Studies and a Certificate in Informal Jewish Education from Hebrew College. She looks forward to continuing to serve the Jewish community of Los Angeles and share her passion for young adult engagement and creating meaningful Jewish experiences.
Elana Hutter is the Assistant Director for Young Adult Engagement/YALA at the Federation. Elana graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley in International Civil Rights and Social Movements. She was also on the Cal Triathlon team (Go Bears!) and played Capoeira (Brazilian dance fighting).
After graduating, Elana lived in Barcelona, Spain where she became fluent in Spanish, worked in marketing with international DJs, taught English and became active in a small and vibrant Jewish community.
Continuing in her post-college social justice efforts, Elana was a Jeremiah Fellow at the Progressive Jewish Alliance.
You should know that Elana spent summers at Camp Alonim and started volunteering at Super Sunday with her dad when she was only 8 and wore roller skates as she collected pledge cards. Elana loves bikes and haiku
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