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JNET Newsletter: Passover/April 2018 Edition:

In This Issue:
  • Chairperson’s Message
  • Last-minute Passover Recipes
  • Celebrate Israel Festival
  • JNET Cares Announcements
  • JNET "Generation Next" Launch Event
  • Become a Leader!

JNET members can attend any and all chapter meetings, special events, mixers, and workshops. View the Meeting Calendar, and sign up to present!

From Groaning to Growing our Business

photo of JNET Chairperson Jackie Mendelson

By Jackie Mendelson,
JNET Chairperson

Ushering Into the New Year graphic

It is hard to believe that we are nearing April already. We have barely finished our Hamantaschen, and it’s time for charoses already.

Passover is a celebration of spring, birth and rebirth, of a journey from slavery to freedom, and of taking responsibility for yourself, the community, and the world. Yet, strangely enough, none of this taking of responsibility gets done without groaning. It was with groaning that the Hebrews expressed the pain of their ancient enslavement in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. It was with groaning that they called attention to their plight.

Groaning has become part of our DNA, which is probably why we so often hear a similar level of groaning from JNET members – as if they were being asked to endure the ten plagues – when we encourage them to take advantage of their membership to promote themselves.

We hear the groans when you are asked to sign up for a 10-minute introduction to let us all know who you are, what you do, and how we can support you!

We know the groans happen when you go to fill out your profile information on the JNET website or more of you would have completed the task.

And we suspect that you at the very least grimace when encouraged to upload and post a photo, so your fellow members will be able to recognize you at a JNET Connect.

How Can We Better Support You?

We don’t like to harp on these issues any more than you want to hear about them, but it is a necessary evil if you are going to get the most out of your JNET experience. With 11 chapters to choose from you have entre to an enormous pool of resources, but if we do not know who you are, how can we support you? I am asked every day, "Who do you know that does this or who in JNET has that?" I want to be able to give them your name!

JNET Networking Workshop

In networking, you suit up, show up prepared to engage with other business professionals to find out how you can better their services and they yours. This is the first step in building rapport and trust. To help members enhance their networking skills, JNET holds Schmoozing with a Purpose sessions organized by our Membership Co-Chairs, Dalia Hayon and Max Izenberg.

The first Schmoozing with a Purpose of 2018 was held at the Pinot’s Palette for new JNET members. It was a wonderful gathering with lots of information and how-tos on getting the best out of JNET and networking in general. It was also a great refresher for guests that were familiar with the networking process but wanted a tune-up to improve their success! Be on the lookout for future sessions are coming soon. I believe wine and cheese may be involved.

So, please get on a speakers list at one of our chapters. If the chapter you desire to speak at does not have an opening, go to another chapter and enjoy making new contacts. You can speak two times in a 12-month period; each time at a different chapter.

The JNET Board of Directors is on a mission to increase our speaker participation by the end of the year. Sign up and be counted!

Please take a moment to View the Chapter Leadership Teams, and email them asking to be a meeting speaker.

Need Passover Inspiration Quick?
Enjoy these clever ideas below!


How many matzah dishes can you make in under 20 minutes with just one pan? Click on the image below to check out this incredible video, with last-minute Passover recipe ideas.
(Thanks to Latet, and Michael Benjamin for sharing.)
Hag sameach, everyone!

Celebrate Israel with JNET!
Sunday, May 6th - Buy Tickets Now!

Join JNET at the Celebrate Israel Festival!
Stop by the JNET booth, and bring friends to join in the fun.

Israel Festival image

The biggest Jewish event of the year, the Celebrate Israel Festival is packed with multi-cultural entertainment, showcasing Israeli mega stars, dancers, and dignitaries on several action-filled stages. Partake in the high-energy performances, Mega Challah Bake, camel rides and petting zoo, L.A.'s best kosher food, and so much more!

Tickets are $30 at the door, or get discounted tickets now through JNET's special link. A portion of ticket sales goes back to JNET.

Date/Time: Sun., May 6, 2018, 12-7PM
Location: Cheviot Hills Recreation Area (Rancho Park, West L.A.)

Stop by the JNET booth, and bring family and friends to participate in the raffle and fun door prizes.

Calling All Volunteers: Members who staff the JNET booth can set out their business cards on the table. For details or to sign up, please contact Jennifer Maraia at

Buy Early Bird Tickets! Register Now


JNET Cares

  • We send Lonnie Gershfeld get-well wishes and a smooth recovery from his recent hip surgery.

  • We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend Elliott Stern. A fund has been set up in Elliott's honor to help his family with memorial expenses. The memorial service will be Sunday, April 8, RSVP requested. Details can be found here. Elliott is in our prayers and gratitude for such rich friendship.

Elliott Stern photo slideshow

If you have news about JNET members (business successes, mitzvahs, get well wishes, condolences, etc.), please contact Sandy Hollander at or Max Izenberg,

JNET's "Generation Next" Launch Event

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JNET held its first special event dedicated to attracting non-members and the future generation of JNET members and leaders. Held at Geezer's Public House in Woodland Hills, dozens of members and guests came out for an engaging afternoon of schmooze and brews.

Special thanks to Alexis James for spearheading the event, along with a terrific promotions team, consisting of Lisa Aminnia, Aaron Kirsch, Phil Blum, Josh Lampel and Rachael Payne.

JNET members are already eager for the next "Generation Next" social mixer. To be notified of future mixers, email

Become a Leader!

Volunteering is the best way to develop deeper relationships, get known by JNET’s members, and strengthen personal and business connections. Consider lending a little of your time and expertise to the growth and success of JNET by joining a chapter leadership team or special committee.

If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact Judi Lirman at

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Jackie Mendelson

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