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JNET Newsletter: October 2016:

In This Issue:
  • Palos Verdes Chapter Expands to Whole South Bay
  • JNET In the News
  • JNET Cares
  • Involvement Opportunities

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Remember, as a JNET member, you can attend any meeting of any chapter and attend both yearly mixers (in the summer and at Chanukah). And don't forget to sign up for your opportunity to speak/present to the group.

Crystallizing a Sweet New Year for JNET

By Jackie Mendelson, JNET Chairperson

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.

Looking Back

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 Committee, and past member of the Support and Membership Committees

Wendy Yano, Advanced Planning Representative and member of the Support Committee

Looking Ahead

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.
  • Finetune 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 or 818-998-3205.



Palos Verdes Chapter Expands Reach to the Whole South Bay

Effective immediately, JNET Palos Verdes will be strengthening its presence in the South Bay area by alternating meetings between Congregation Ner Tamid in Rancho Palos Verdes and Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach. To reflect the broadened community it is serving, the chapter has changed its name to JNET South Bay. Meetings will continue to be held the first Wednesday night of each month. According to the chapter’s PR Coordinator, Allan Ephraim, “After expanding to Redondo Beach, we foresee future expansions to Hermosa Beach and San Pedro.”


The chapter’s next meeting will be November 2 at Temple Menorah (101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach, CA  90277) from 7 to 8:45 p.m. The speakers are Kenneth M. Schwab of KMS Analytics, Inc., who will discuss “Quantitative Marketing: Using Data and Analytics to Find, Keep, and Nurture Your Customers,” and Barry Steinberg, radio host of The Craig Barry Experience, who will deliver “A Brief History of Radio.” For more information, contact Allan Ephraim at 310-541-6389 or

JNET In The News

  • An article publicizing JNET Pacific Palisades’ September 21 special event at Kehillat Israel featuring lifestyle coach, author, and talk-show host Samantha Ettus on the topic “Rethinking the Work/Life Balance,” was published in Westside Today on September 14 ( Thank you to Eric Oxenberg of Coincident Ideas, the chapter’s former PR Coordinator, for his outreach efforts.
  • Mazel tov to Dr. Aaron Orpelli (JNET Santa Monica), whose Kindle e-book Allergy Free Today was published on September 23. Click here to learn more about it.

  • A shout out to LinkedIn expert Yvonne Van Aken (JNET Thousand Oaks), who was a guest on the September 29 “Dishing With Judith” iHeart Radio show. She discussed how to use LinkedIn to generate revenue. Listen to the broadcast online at
  • Congratulations to Elliott Stern of Maestro Computing Services (JNET Santa Monica), who will be the opening speaker at the Association of Personal Computer User Groups’ International Conference on October 21 in Las Vegas. His topic is “Windows 10: Privacy, Protection and Performance Issues.

If you have news about JNET members (mitzvahs, condolences, get well wishes, etc.), please contact Sandy Hollander at or Max Izenberg at, Co-Chairs of the Care Committee.


JNET Cares

Deepest sympathy to JNET Bel Air President Sandy Rosenholz on the loss of his mother Bea Elizabeth Levy Rosenholz on October 1. May her memory be for a blessing.


If you have news about JNET members (mitzvahs, condolences, get well wishes, etc.), please contact Sandy Hollander at or Max Izenberg at, Co-Chairs of the Care Committee.


Involvement Opportunities

Volunteering is the best way to get to know (and get known by) JNET’s leaders and members and to strengthen personal and business connections. Please consider lending a little of your time, energy, and expertise to the growth and success of JNET by taking one of the chapter positions available or considering what you can contribute to our organization on the committee or Board level. You can assist with PR or the functionality of our website, help chapters fill their speaker slots, be on the Social Committee and help plan our mixers—or fill a void that is yet to be discovered.


The Bel Air, Pacific Palisades, Tarzana AM, and Westwood chapters each are in need of a Public Relations/Eblast Coordinator. The position involves adding meetings to the online Calendar, creating flyers, emailing meeting notifications, and posting information on social media and online bulletin boards. No previous PR experience is necessary, though excellent writing and computer skills and attention to detail are a must. Training will be provided. In addition, Tarzana AM has an opening for a Membership Coordinator, who heads the team of greeters at meetings and facilitates member signups and renewals. For more information, contact JNET Bel Air President Sandy Rosenholz at 818-359-2125 or ,JNET Pacific Palisades President Kathleen Goldner at 818-780-4808 or,  JNET Tarzana AM President Phil Blum at 323-823-2479 or, or JNET Westwood President Barry Sikov at 310-476-9720 or


If you are interesting in serving as a Board Member or on a JNET committee, please contact Judi Lirman, Chair of the Nominating Committee, at 818-939-7098 or


JNET Contact Information
Chapter Support – Judi Lirman,
Care Committee – Sandy Hollander, and Max Izenberg,
Finance – Randy Michel,
Growth – Dana Bigman,
Membership – Dalia Hayon,, and Max Izenberg,
Programs – Steven Mayer,
Public Relations/Communications - Dana Bigman,
Social Events - Sandy Hollander,

Facebook Page - Jennifer Leavens,

LinkedIn Group - Stuart Fried,

Website – Bill Greenberg,

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