Our team of professionals and volunteers meets the needs of our community by working together to provide resources and raise support.


Our Board Officers

Albert Z. Praw
Chair of the Board

Orna Wolens
Gen. Campaign Chair

Lynn Bider
Vice Chair of the Board

Heidi Monkarsh
Vice Chair of the Board

Jerry Coben
Vice Chair of the Board

Jill Namm

Leon Janks

2020 Board of Directors

Albert Z. Praw

Chair of the Board

Prior to his current role as Chair of the Board of Directors, Albert served as its Vice Chair for six years, during which time he also served as Chair of the Strategic Planning and Distribution Committee. He previously served as Chair of the Finance & Administration Committee. In 2017, Albert was honored with the Federation’s Bruce I. Hochman Maimonides Torch of Justice Award.

Among his other leadership positions in the community, Albert is a member of the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was formerly a member of the International Board of Directors of Shaare Zedek Hospital of Jerusalem and the Board of Directors of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters. Albert is also a past president of Stephen Wise Temple.

Albert is Executive Vice President, Real Estate and Business Development, of KB Home, a NYSE-listed company and one of the nation’s largest homebuilders. He graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley and received his law degree from UCLA Law School, graduating with Order of the Coif honors.

Albert and his wife Heidi have four children and seven grandchildren.

Orna Wolens

Gen. Campaign Chair

Orna currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jewish Federations of North America as well as National Women’s Philanthropy. She serves on our Federation’s Campaign Cabinet and Strategic Planning and Distribution Committee, and she is a Community Leadership Institute (CLI) mentor. Orna has chaired the NuRoots Committee, Ensuring the Jewish Future Committee, Jewish Campus Life Committee, and the Hineni Dinner.

In addition to her Federation leadership, Orna enjoys her involvement in the art world. She is on the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Board of Directors and a member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Contemporary Acquisitions Committee, and in the Hammer Circle. She is active as a Friend of both the Israel Museum and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Orna graduated from Bryn Mawr College and received her law degree from Loyola Law School.

Orna and her husband Keenan have four children.

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Lynn Bider

Vice Chair of the Board

Lynn currently serves as the Chair of The Jewish Federation’s Unistream Committee, Executive Committee and Board of Directors; on JFNA’s National Women’s Philanthropy Board; as the Secretary and member of the Board of Beit T’Shuvah; and on the boards of USC Hillel and the Los Angeles Jewish Community Foundation. She is the former President of Stephen Wise Temple and the former Chair of the Federation’s Sylvia Weiss Women’s Philanthropy and Caring for Jews in Need strategic initiative.

Among the honors Lynn has received are the JQ Community Leadership Award, the Beauty Bus Lifetime Achievement Award, and our Federation’s highest honor for Women’s Philanthropy: the Leah Rabin Award for distinguished leadership in the Jewish community.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lynn graduated from UCLA and then USC. Lynn and her husband Les are the proud parents of two children and two wonderful grandchildren.

Heidi Monkarsh

Vice Chair of the Board

In her second term as Vice Chair of the Board, Heidi also serves on the Federation’s Executive Committee, the Campaign Cabinet, and Birth Through High School strategic initiative. Previously, she served as Chair of Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy, the Ensuring the Jewish Future strategic initiative, and Young Adult Engagement and Leadership Development. She was instrumental in launching CLI (Community Leadership Institute), our Federation’s premier leadership program.

Heidi is currently Co-Chair of JFNA’s National Women’s Philanthropy’s upcoming International Lion of Judah Conference as well as a board member of JFNA. In 2001, Heidi received the Mildred Allenberg/Dorothy Handler Young Leadership Award, and in 2007 she was awarded the Doris Factor Leadership Award. In 2017, Heidi was honored with the Woman of Achievement Award from the American Jewish University.

She is a past member of National Young Leadership Cabinet and has held leadership roles with The Jewish Community Foundation, Sinai Temple, Camp Ramah, Cedars-Sinai, The Cayton Museum, and Brentwood School.

Heidi and her husband Jon have two adult children.

Jerry Coben

Jerry Coben

Vice Chair of the Board

Jerome L. Coben is a Vice Chair of our Federation’s Board, serves as Chair of our Strategic Planning and Distribution Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee, the Finance & Administration Committee and the committee overseeing the Federation’s strategic partnership with Unistream. He has also served as Chair of Federation’s K-12 committee, as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative and on the Investment Committee.

Jerry practiced law for almost 40 years, first in New York City and, for most of his career, in Los Angeles. In 1983, he was one of the founding partners of the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he practiced corporate law, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and finance transactions, until his retirement in 2008. While at Skadden, Jerry served as the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office and on several of the firm’s national committees. He has been a Lecturer at Law at the USC Gould School of Law and, since his retirement from Skadden, has served as a director of several corporations and often acts as an expert witness in cases arising from his areas of practice.

Jerry’s other community involvements are many. He was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of Bet Tzedek Legal Services, including a term as Board President, and is currently a member of Bet Tzedek’s President’s Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of American Jewish University and is a Life Member of the Board of Councilors of the USC Shoah Foundation. Previously, he served on the Boards of Directors of the Saint John’s Cancer Institute and the Constitutional Rights Foundation.

Jerry received his A.B. from Brown University, cum laude, and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar.

Jerry and his wife of 44 years, Carol, are the proud parents of David and Lesley (married to Jesper Johansen) and the proud grandparents of Lesley and Jesper’s three children, William, Eleanor and Henry.

Jill Namm


Prior to becoming Valley Alliance Chair, Jill was Valley Alliance Campaign Co-Chair, Valley Alliance Women’s Philanthropy Chair, and Valley Alliance Women’s Chair. Jill currently sits on Federation’s Executive Committee as Secretary and holds the roles of Mission Chair and Chair of the Jewish Campus Life Committee. She is also an alum of JFNA’s National Women’s Philanthropy Board (NWP).

Having traveled on many Federation missions to Israel, Poland, Ethiopia, Budapest, Greece, Russia, China, and Lithuania, Jill has seen firsthand how Federation’s work impacts the lives of those in Jewish communities worldwide.

A Lion of Judah since 1998, Jill was Co-Recruitment Chair for the International Lion of Judah Conference in New York City in 2012, Co-Chair of the Heart 2 Heart mission to Israel, and Vice Chair of Communication on the NWP Board.

Jill is a proud recipient of Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy’s Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award, Golda Award, and Rita Reznikoff Award.

She and her husband Steven reside in Encino and together have three children and three grandchildren.

Leon Janks


Leon is a returning Board Member, having served on the Federation Board for more than 10 years and as Chair of the Audit Committee. Leon is a Board Member of the Milken Community School and is Past Chairman and currently serves on its Executive and Finance Committees. Leon also served for many years on the Board of Camp Ramah of California. Leon was Managing Partner at Green Hasson Janks, a public accounting firm on the Westside, and currently serves on the Board of PriceSmart, a public company located in San Diego. Mr. Janks earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He and his wife Sharon have three children and five grandchildren.

2020 Board of Directors


Andrew Altshule
Debbie Attanasio
Susan Baum
Nancy Beiser
Donna Bender
Jordan Bender
Les Bider
Lynne Brookman
Andrea Cayton
Nancy S. Cohen
Jonathan Elist
Shawn Evenhaim
Cece Feiler
Steve Fishman
Larry Freeman
Katie Goldsmith
Susie Goren
Debi Graboff
Kathy Guccione
Michael Hackman
George Hess
Rabbi Joshua Hoffman*
Ken Kahan
Jacki Karsh
Jonathan Klein
Alan Kleinman
Mark Lainer
Francis Maas
Remmie Maden
Doug Mankoff
Jeanne Marks
Harold Masor
Todd Morgan
David Nagel
Steven Nichols
Julie Platt
Larry Post
Reuben Robin
Marc Rohatiner
S. Alan Rosen
Allison Rosenthal
Richard Sandler
Moshe Sassover
Evan Schlessinger*
Marvin Schotland*
Alexandra Shabtai
Sandy Sigal
Ellen Silverman
Terri Smooke
Glenn Sonnenberg
Scott Tiano
Michael Tuchin
Alex Weingarten
Mark Weinstein
Michael Ziering



Ex Officio

Rabbi Amy Bernstein
Bill Feiler
Marvin Schotland