Crystallizing a Sweet Year for JNET
By Jackie Mendelson
Chairperson, JNET National Board of Directors
The High Holidays are upon us, so before I talk JNET business I want to wish all of you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. But more than a platitude, may we have a sweet year, one where we value love, respect, and our Jewish dignity we so richly deserve. May each and every one of you, and all whom you hold dear, be inscribed in the Book of Life.
In the year 5776, we launched two successful chapters. The first was in Palos Verdes at Congregation Ner Tamid and the second was in Hollywood at Temple Israel of Hollywood. And unfortunately, for no lack of earnest trying, we ended our presence to the farthest north of Los Angeles County by closing JNET Santa Clarita. In addition, we merged the Northridge chapter into JNET West Hills. As a result, JNET ended the year with a dozen resilient chapters serving the widest expanse of communities in our history.
The JNET National Board of Directors is made up of some of the finest and most committed volunteers I have ever had the pleasure to work with. It is not easy to have the fate of an organization in your hands, making decisions daily that affect individual JNET members, whole chapters, and the future of JNET and its mission.
I would like to acknowledge the members of our Board and thank them from the bottom of my heart for everything they have done and will continue to do in the future to support our unique networking experience.
Judi Lirman, MFT, Psychotherapist, Vice Chair of the Board, and Chair of the Support and Nominating Committees
Dalia Hayon, Financial Advisor/Owner, Secretary of the Board, and Co-Chair of the Membership Committee
Randy Michel, CPA, Treasurer of the Board, Chair of the Finance Committee, and member of the Nominating Committee
Fred Gruber, Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist, Past Treasurer of the Board, and member of the Finance Committee
Dana Bigman, Marketing Communications Specialist and Chair of the Growth and Public Relations Committees
Sandy Hollander, Travel Consultant/Owner, Chair of the Social Committee, and Co-Chair of the Care Committee
Max Izenberg, Suddenly 65 Publisher/Owner and Co-Chair of the Membership and Care Committees
Steven Mayer, Attorney at Law and Chair of the Program Committee
Stuart Fried, Career Coach & Academic Consultant/Owner and Past Chair of the PR Committee and planning the new Young Professionals initiative
Judy Robitschek, Graphic Designer/Owner, member of the Public Relations and Support Committees and past member of the Membership Committee
Wendy Yano, Advanced Planning Representative and member of the Support Committee
There will be some exciting changes ahead for JNET in the coming year. We plan to:
- Nurture the existing chapters and request feedback from current members and past members as to what parts of the JNET experience work and what can be better.
- Continue to strengthen the leadership on the Board and chapter level.
- Streamline procedures for eblasts, flyers, speaker signups, public relations, and other JNET processes and create procedures so volunteers can accomplish tasks quickly and easily.
- Fine-tune the JNET website to make it a more user-friendly tool for members and also better reflect what JNET is all about.
- Work to solve the food challenges at chapter meetings.
These goals will take strategic planning and consideration for our needs in the future.
I know I sound like a broken record, but when you decide to join a chapter’s leadership team or consider a seat on the JNET National Board of Directors, at least two things will happen: You will get more exposure to the membership of JNET, enabling you to cultivate stronger relationships—and that can only be good for business! You also will be lending a much-needed hand to help strengthen and guide the chapter and/or the JNET organization as a whole. This is not a time-robber; it is time well spent in support of us all.
If you are interested in volunteering as a JNET leader, please contact Nominating Committee Chair Judi Lirman at JudiMFT@gmail.com or 818-998-3205.
Again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!