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Winter Olympics .... Valentines Day ... next Snow Storm ...


Perfect timing for YJLC PocoSki26 - Feb. 22-23, 2014

 

Photos from 2014 Event:

 

 

If you want to make networking connections with other Jewish young professionals... Skiing optional either day of the weekend ... or just come for the ...

Young Professional's Leadership Program -


* Saturday Night Havdalah/Pizza Party/Presentation

Guest Speaker: Matan Peled - giving Israeli perspective on:

“Secrets” of Scarlett Johansson & Soda Stream ...

- stories of Cooperation among Israeli Jews and Palestinians

Matan Peled holds a BA cum laude in Jewish Studies from Gratz College. He is a native Israeli and served as a Medic in the Israeli Defense Forces. Matan has extensive experience as an educator in a variety of formal and informal settings. He most recently served as religious school teacher and youth group advisor at Congregation Beth Shalom and Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater, FL.

* Sunday morning brunch - Israel Update and discussion on roles of leadership for Jewish young adults

Moderator: Lou Balcher, 9 year veteran of the Foreign Ministry of Israel, National Director of the American Friends of the Kaplan Medical Center, Rehovot, Israel.

YJLC Launches New FaceBook Page: 2nd Generation YJLC

Connecting those whose parents met through YJLC - Young Jewish Leadership Concepts

Purpose: to share background, interests, accomplishments, photos, ... and provide mutual support.

Preparing to take on the roles of Leadership in the Jewish Community

Visit and join: facebook.com/groups/1435869366642307

Mixer with a Message

JOIN for the mixer...
JOIN for the message...
JOIN for new friendships (ages 21-30something)

Young Professionals Gathering:

Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Frankford Hall
1210 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125

TOPIC: An Action Plan for Success in Your Relationships, with Aleeza Ben Shalom, Expert Relationship Counselor

Cash Bar - Meeting Games
Happy Hour Special Prices

9 beers on tap, 10 more in bottles, plus giant warm pretzels..."the true essence of Bavaria is represented at its best in this Fishtown fun spot." - a Steven Starr establishment

Cover $10 at door, $5 if pre-registered by December 12
Send to yjlcevents@gmail.com (please include name, phone, and email address)

Presented by: Young Jewish Leadership Concepts (YJLC) A Non-Profit Young Professionals Network

For more info, contact yjlcevents@gmail.com
For background on YJLC, see YJLC.org

Jewish Soul Music Songstress Neshama Carlebach

September 22, 2013 — Young professionals join Sukkah / community gathering with celebrity Jewish soul music songstress Neshama Carlebach, daughter of legendary Shlomo Carlebach.

Thank you to Sharon Schmidt, Director, Magen David Adom, for organizing a phenomenal Concert, and to Rabbi Andy Merrow of Beth Sholom for hosting the Sukkah gathering.

Recap: YJLC Poco26 Rafting Leadership Weekend – August 23-24, 2013

Attending – 34 young professionals from Philly area, NY, NJ, Baltimore and Chicago.

Special Thanks to:

  • Co-Chairs – Steve Schimmel & Mike Blum
  • Recruitment Chair – Polina Pomerants
  • AEPi Alumni Liaison – Shaw Levin
  • Friday evening program speaker – Sahar Oz
  • Saturday morning MASA Speaker – Erica Shwartz

Partners:

  • AEPi
  • B'nai B'rith
  • Save a Child's Heart
  • American Friends of Magen David Adom
  • American Israel Friendship League
  • Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley
  • Jewish Federation of Reading
  • Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester, & Salem Counties



Friday night – Saturday evening

Program:

Kiddush & Dinner

"Cactus Comedy - Israel Through Humor" with Sahar Oz, Cherry Hill JCC Judaic Programs Director

Saturday Morning

Lox & Bagel Breakfast

Israel long term program opportunities with Erica Schwarz, MASA Alumni Director

“Israel Behind the Scenes - 3 Paradigm Shifts in Israel/World Relations” with Lou Balcher

White Water Challengers Rafting Center:

Volleyball; Lehigh River Rafting; Kosher Hot Dog Roast

Ending Havdalah - group photos

 


Comments from Anna Rose, former Marketing Coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, participant at YJLC's pre-Rafting "Meeting in Manhattan" at BBI NYC HQ, May 28, and one of 34 young professional Poco26 participants who enjoyed Rafting and new Friends last weekend:

Lou,

I'd like to thank you for allowing me to participate in this years Poco26 weekend. I came to Pennsylvania with the expectation that I was probably going to meet a few cool people and go white water rafting for the first time; I left with soo much more. Not only have I made a few new significant friendships, but my faith in Judaism and Israel and the desire to continue working in and volunteering for the Jewish community has been renewed.

The Friday evening Shabbat dinner was so lovely. I thoroughly enjoyed our speaker, Sahar Oz. He was remarkably funny and most enjoyable. Getting to meet everyone and hear a little bit about each person and the reason they all came on this weekend was very special.

The Saturday morning lox and bagel breakfast was great, but our speaker, Erica Shwartz, was even better. As a fellow MASA Alumni, I can relate to Erica's experience. Her story and experience was soo thoughtful and inspiring and brought back a flood of nostalgia for me. I'm very happy that Erica was a part of this weekend as I feel it's incredibly important to bring young adults to experience Israel long term.

A special thank you to Steve Schimmel, who invited me to participate in this weekend. Steve was very modest about what this weekend was going to entail. I enjoyed his speech during breakfast and his explanation as to why it's important for us, as young adults to continue to stay involved in the Jewish community.

Lou, I found your story of your mother and the reason YJLC has begun as exceptionally special. I'd like to thank you for sharing your story and being so warm and welcoming to all of us. I'd love to continue to be a part of YJLC and hope that we can all enjoy many more events in the future.

Warm Regards,

Anna Rose

YJLC in NYC

As B'nai B'rith International is celebrating its 170th year as the great incubator of Jewish entrepreneurship, blocks away from its founding, BBI NYC HQ hosted 15 community leaders, including six YJLC young professional activists, who come together for a MEETING IN MANHATTAN, Tuesday night, May 28, 2013.

The gathering represented 8 national Jewish organizations, and discussed working together to promote what will be an AMAZING experience, Poco26 our 26th Annual Pocono Rafting/Leadership Weekend, August 23-25.

Post Yom Ha’Atzmaut Kosher Chinese Buffet and Gift of Life Cheek Swab –“A Mixer with a Purpose” for Young Jewish Professionals

Gift of Life - Jewish genetic bone marrow registry - Please help in the campaign to find a match for Chuck Agree whose family is from the Delaware Valley

Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Philadelphia's Chinatown

Celebrate Israel Independence Day with thousands of members of the Jewish community at the Philadelphia Convention Center

Enjoy the FREE Israeli Music Concert at 2:30 PM then join us for Kosher Chinese Buffet. Make new friends and a take a chance to cave a cife with a "Gift of Life" Cheek Swab

New Harmony Vegetarian Kosher Restaurant
135 North 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Kosher Chinese Buffet - only $15

Limited Spaces - RSVPs desired by 10:00 PM on May 16.

For more info and to RSVP, please contact: YJLCevents@gmail.com

Presented by Young Jewish Leadership Concepts a non-profit young professionals network founded in 1986

Inter-Faith Program

March 17, 2013 - YJLC Leaders “Usher” at inter-faith program with Consul General of Israel Yaron Sideman, Pastors Liz and Steve Defrain, who were honored, and 104 year old grandmother Eleanor Hall, prior to her April Holyland Christian Pilgrimage

“PocoSki25” — 25th Anniversary Pocono Ski Leadership Weekend
March 2-3, 2013

It's a BLAST — just like the Rafting Weekend!

Presentation "Keys to Jewish Leadership" followed by Pocono Skiing - with special thanks to the Steve Beilowitz Israeli Connection fund, and the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley



 

YJLC Ski Weekend Kick-Off Happy Hour

New Yorkers shared a drink and learned about YJLC and the March 2-3 Ski Leadership weekend on January 17, 2013 @ the Court Bar at St.Giles Hotel (Formerly Lex Bar) @ 130 E 39th St., New York City

YJLC “Mixer with a Message” — January 25, 2013
Message: Save a Child's Heart

Rachel Grosser, a Penn grad, came in from NY to share the story of SACH, Israeli cardiologists performing lifesaving surgery, by flying children to Israel from developing countries.


YJLC's First “Mixer with a Message” — November 25, 2012
Message: Gift of Life

Amazing initial young professionals “Mixer with a Message!” — a packed Uno's Party Room with 45 hearing inspirational Gift of Life Ambassador Neil Dicker. Thank you to our partners: Davai, The Collaborative, AEPi Alumni, Moishe House, AJC Access, the Brandeis Law Society, and the Jewish Exponent. Special thanks to “Chair” — Aaron Alkasov, and “Core Team” organizers Marcus Minsky, Eva Alkasov, David Balcher and Mike Blum. Looking forward to Feb. Ski Leadership Weekend!

See photo slideshow below…

Jewish Young Professionals Get the Message!:

Dr. Dicker,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for sharing your story Sunday evening at the Mixer with a Message at UNO.

My husband and I went out with friends afterwards and I was telling them how much you opened my eyes to Gift of Life. I have heard of GOL before and been invited to screening events. I have always been hesitant to be screened because the thoughts through my head are “What will I do if I'm a match?” Well, I am not longer hesitant. After you showed the picture of Arielle, I immediately thought, “She's no different than me. She's practically my age and if she can do it, I can too”. Thank you for opening my eyes and making me less selfish. How can I be concerned about a day or so of the process when those recipients have been through SO much more?!

Thank you again.

You truly are an inspiration and so is Arielle.

Best, RB Muhlenberg College '08

ISRAEL — The “ULTIMATE ALLY” of the US

video

Ambassador Michael Oren spoke at Penn State and Dickinson, Thursday, March 29, 2012 on the why and how of a special relationship.

Click to watch the video which is 30 minutes plus 30 minutes of Q & A regarding key key foreign policy questions.

2nd Annual Pre-Pesach Shopping Party

passover cookbook

Sunday, April 1, 3–5 PM

Lawrenceville Shoprite

KOSHER EXPERIENCE

(US Rt. 1 - Mercer Mall)

 

For young adults in their 20's
(and 30's)

Planned activities:

  • Israeli Music/Dancing
  • Lots of Kosher “goodies”
  • FREE tastes of Dark Chocolate Brownie Treats — Finchi by Aunti Rashi, high quality gluten free, nut free and dairy free desserts. See Finchis.com. Kosher for Passover, and all year round.
  • Food Demonstrations — quick Pesach cooking ideas for independent young adults
passover shopping

Members of Core Team meet at Shoprite to begin plans for Summer Rafting Leadership Weekend.

Pictured in center - chocolate expert Rachelle Kassai - “Aunti Rashi” from Finchis.com, who shared Kosher dark chocolate brownie treats with scores of young adults and family members who came to the 2nd Annual Pre-Pesach Shopping Party

Fun for Young Adults to Meet

Co-Sponsoring Congregations:

— Congregation Adath Israel, Lawrenceville
— Congregation Beth Chaim, Princeton Junction
— Congregation Beth El, East Windsor
— Congregation Beth El, Yardley
— Congregation Brothers of Israel, Newtown
— Congregation Har Sinai, Pennington
— Congregation Kol Emet, Yardley
— The Jewish Center, Princeton
— Congregation Ohev Shalom, Richboro
— Congregation Shir Ami, Newtown
— Congregation Tifereth Israel, Bensalem

Young adult representatives from the above synagogues are welcome to contact us; for more information: please email Lou4YJLC@aol.com.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Sunday, December 11, 5:30pm

Recognizing TWENTY FIVE Continuous Years of Service…

  • Bringing Jewish young adults together
  • Providing informal education
  • Leadership development
  • And involvement in the Jewish community
YJLC Core Group

To ensure that our next twenty five years are just as successful, we developed and presented our
YJLC Business Plan — An IPO for a Jewish Future

The 25th Anniversary Celebration Honored…

Rabbi Isaac Leizerowski

— Well respected Orthodox leader, Educator, Torah scribe, consultant on legal divorce issues to Israel, and son of the past Chief Rabbi of Philadelphia, Z''L with the Rebecca Dorr Balcher Memorial Award for outstanding professional leadership in the Jewish Community

and

Eli Gabay, Esquire

— Philadelphia attorney on the Israeli prosecutorial team of Nazi camp guard “Ivan the Terrible” with the Lisa Sassler Cohen Memorial Award for outstanding volunteer leadership in the Jewish Community

Get Snug in a Raft

Pocono Rafting/Leadership Weekend — August 20–21, 2011

  • Join Young Jewish Professionals from throughout the East Coast
  • Sunday Rafting down the Lehigh River
  • Saturday Night Headliner: Comedian, Author — Joel Chasnoff
  • Author of “The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Joins the Israeli Army” — Joel was the warm-up act for Jon Stewart and Lewis Black of The Daily Show. He recently returned from a USO Comedy Tour of Japan and Korea entertaining American Marines. He's performed at more than five hundred colleges, clubs, and Jewish conferences across North America, Israel, and Europe.
    FREE Author autographed copy of book for each participant!

  • Pool Parties — Volleyball — Mixers
  • Sunday Brunch — Israel Update — discussion on Jewish org/Israel advocacy
  • Optional: Dorney Park—Wild Water Kingdom

For info, please contact Lou4YJLC@aol.com or call 215-750-YJLC (9552)

See scenes from last summer's event

Ceremony Commemorated 35th Anniversary of Entebbe Rescue & Hero Yoni Netanyahu
(see slideshow below)

Highlights:

  • Wed. July 6 — 35th Anniversary Commemoration of Entebbe Rescue took place @ Cong. Mikveh Israel, Phila. (near Liberty Bell)
  • Guest Speaker — Elisabeth Gentieu — Yoni Netanyahu's Cheltenham H.S. teacher — (in photo below) — she gave 2 touching personal stories about Yoni (audio/video is being produced)
  • Two—fold purpose was to:
    1. commemorate Entebbe Rescue & Yoni's leadership & sacrifice,
    2. for young adults to learn, and make it “Their Narrative.”
  • Guest Speaker — Daniel Kutner, Consul General of Israel to the Mid—Atlantic Region — story of Yoni Netanyahu & Rescue
  • Guest Speaker — Prof. Ed Turzanski, LaSalle Univ., Counter—Terrorism Expert, former US intel. — value/benefits of American—Israel relationship
  • Guest Speaker — Eli Gabay, Esq — meaning of Entebbe Rescue as July 4th Israel/American celebration
  • Guest Speaker — Lou Balcher — how young professionals can accept Entebbe Rescue/Yoni Story as part of their own Am./Israel Narrative
  • Host — Rabbi Albert Gabbai — Mikveh Israel synagogue, site of Yoni Netanyahu Memorial
  • Star of David Jewish Bikers — motorcycle club was a unique Honor Guard Program
  • Documentary of Entebbe Rescue screened after Ceremony (please see video)
  • Numbers attending: Aprox. 80 community leaders, among whom were 25 young professionals organized only once every FIVE YEARS by YJLC — Young Jewish Leadership Concepts & Cong. Mikveh Israel

 


 

On July 4th, 1976, on America's Bicentennial celebration, Israeli elite forces carried out a daring and successful IDF rescue operation at Entebbe airport.

Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, who led the ground forces that stormed the terminal, tragically lost his life during the mission. However, he and his team of highly skilled soldiers rescued 103 hostages from Arab and German terrorists and the clutches of Idi Amin's Ugandan forces. The topic of several books and movies, this incredible story of bravery was retold on July 6th at a local commemoration ceremony organized by the Consulate's Director of Academic Affairs and Speaker's Bureau, Lou Balcher, who also was a featured speaker.

CG Kutner gave remarks to the audience of community leaders and young professionals. Speakers included: Eli Gabay, Esq., emcee of the event; Prof. Ed Turzanski, counter-terrorism expert; Rabbi Albert Gabbai, Congregation Mikveh Israel; and Elisabeth Y. Gentieu, Yoni's Cheltenham High School English teacher.

 

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YJLC & Drexel Hillel Leaders meet
Israeli Film Director Dan Wolman

On Saturday, March 5, 2011, YJLC and Drexel Hillel leaders gathered with Film Director Dan Wolman and heard his insights on the making of the film Gei Oni — Valley of Fortitude. The film is about 1880's post-pogrom Russian Jewish immigration to Palestine, and the hardships of building a life in pre-state Israel.

Israeli film director Dan Wolman

The YJLC participation was organized by Core Team leader Shaw Levin, pictured extreme right, standing over left shoulder of film director Wolman.

Are You Interested in Building the Jewish Community through Peer Engagement?


A non-profit organization with 25 years continuous service in young leadership programming needs a few good young adults with entrepreneurial spirit for volunteer service in a few key positions. Business and Social Work grad students can get invaluable real-life experience. Stipends may be available.

If this catches your interest, please send a cover letter and your resume to Lou4YJLC@aol.com

 

Temple University and YJLC Meet with Arab Student Leaders

On Thursday evening, July 8, 2010, Temple University Dialogue Institute invited YJLC young professional leaders to meet with 20 Arab student leaders from Egypt, Lebanon, and Iraq for a discussion on leadership and inter-personal dialogue.

Some photos from the event…

Manhattan YJLC Leadership “Pow–Wow”

May 13, 2010 - Liran Avisar (3rd from left), Head of North American Delegation, JAFI Aliya Department hosts YJLC gathering of fifteen Jewish young professional leaders representing 10 national Jewish organizations at Manhattan JAFI headquarters.

Topic: National Jewish organizations collaboration on YJLC Summer Rafting/Leadership Weekend and future programs to engage post-college age Jewish young professionals.

Gimme Five

Painless "Tzedakah" - A "Righteous Act" of Charity and a Chanukah Blast!

Imagine making a $5 contribution and having it multiplied 200 or 2,000 times with other participating young professionals. In Honor of Magen David Adom being finally accepted as an International Red Cross agency, YJLC gives you the chance to make a difference with a $5 gift.

Learn more about our Gimme Five ("Tayn Lei Chameish" in Hebrew) / One Less Latte campaign.

Emergency Situation in Sderot...

The American Friends of Magen David Adom requests your help and assistance with the emergency situation in Sderot. Please click here for more info...