Let’s Talk Presidents!
By Jackie Mendelson
Chairperson, JNET National Board of Directors
It is time to say goodbye to summer, and with autumn comes the anticipation of our High Holy Days. The New Year gives us an opportunity to reflect on the things we are grateful to have blessed our lives in 5777. We look forward to a fresh start in 5778 with the promise that we will do better, be better, and be a bigger person as an example to our loved ones and those that we come in contact with every day.
As a Jewish networking organization created to foster an environment where JNET members can support other Jews in business and in life, we take pause at all our holidays to reflect.
JNET will be starting the year anew by welcoming new leadership at the helm of our Westwood chapter. David “The Farmer” Gadish has stepped down as president after honoring his commitment to get JNET Westwood up and running—with a ramp up of membership nothing short of astounding. The JNET Board of Directors and I are very grateful to him, his leadership team, and Rabbi Erez Sherman of Sinai Temple for a job well done!
Starting this month’s first meeting back at Sinai Temple, new JNET Westwood President Barry Sikov of Belair Insurance Services Inc. will demonstrate his vast expertise in networking and relationship-building to propel the chapter even further. He has formed his leadership team and will be sharing his plans for the future at the upcoming breakfast meeting on Friday, September 9, from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m.
We also want to formally acknowledge Victor Schwartz of Gonor Funding, Inc. for stepping up as president last year to start the first morning meeting in the Valley at Temple Judea. The Tarzana AM chapter has a solid foundation now, and under the leadership Phil Blum of Capstone Partners Financial Services as the new president, we know it will continue to grow and serve our members who prefer to start their day with some energetic business development.
Each of our chapter presidents has wonderful talents and a unique perspective that establishes the tone and “culture” of the meetings. We value each and every one and could not have a JNET without them.
Thank you to the other presidents now to be mentioned:
- Lisa Aminnia of the Law Office of Lisa Aminnia for educational enlightenment through structure and games at the Woodland Hills chapter
- Prissi Cohen of ProPatient Advocacy for hamish, family-style inclusiveness at JNET Santa Monica
- Eran Conforty of Conforty Coaching for promoting the strength in a networking community at the Palos Verdes chapter
- Kathleen Goldner of Shalev Senior Living for professional flair with an ocean breeze in Pacific Palisades
- Asher Levin of Asher Levin Law for successfully herding cats at our chapter with the historically largest meeting, Tarzana PM
- Steve Marche of Great American Funding Corp for mentoring the art of networking at JNET Thousand Oaks
- Matthew Mishory of Iconoclastic Media for creative, youthful exuberance at our newest chapter, JNET Hollywood
- Sandy Rosenholz of Senior Resources for special sunsets, wine and optimism at the JNET Bel Air chapter
- Bruce Spiegel of The Jewelry Factory for the entertaining atmosphere at the Valley Village chapter
- Gary Weinzimer of Meleuca for music and innovation at JNET West Hills
On behalf of the JNET Board of Directors, thank you all and your hardworking leadership teams for sustaining JNET and our Jewish culture and the tradition of supporting each other and our community.