Young Adult Leadership Committee
We host over a hundred events every year. How do we do it? Who comes up with all the ideas? The answer is the Young Adult Leadership Committee (YALC). These dedicated young adult volunteers are the brains and brawn behind our programs and events. They comprise a sample of our Young Adult Community: they’re in their 20s and 30s, and hey’re awesome!
2013-2014 Young Adult Leadership Committee (YALC)
Alexis Sclamberg (Co-Chair)
Alexis grew up across the bay in Piedmont, and is excited to be back in the Bay Area and part of YALC. Alexis has served as a leader in her Jewish community throughout her life--from serving as a counselor for local Hebrew High retreats and chairing a Jewish teen seminar in Mendeleev, Russia when she was in high school to serving on the Executive Board of her Hillel at UC Santa Barbara and the Jewish Graduate Student Network in Philadelphia, when she attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School. A California attorney by trade, Alexis is a personal development writer, speaker and media personality. Alexis is at work on her first book, and contributes personal essays to publications including Forbes.com and Cosmopolitan magazine, blogs for The Huffington Post, and writes an advice column with her family in the J. Alexis is a cast member of the upcoming Oprah Winfrey Network television show, One, and makes regular appearances on local and national radio, including NPR. She is also a national speaker and workshop leader. Alexis loves connecting with people and being a part of a strong Jewish community. She loves the warm, welcoming Emanu-El family.
Jason Wilk (Co-Chair)
Jason joined YALC in 2011 and will be serving in his first year as co-chair of the committee. Jason is a native New Yorker, originally from Brooklyn then moved to Long Island in his freshman year of high school. He is a Cornell University alumnus of the Hotel School. Upon graduation, Jason was a Senior Development Analyst with Echelon Resorts, a subsidiary of Boyd Gaming that was developing a master-planned, mixed-use destination resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Jason lived in Las Vegas for 3.5 years and can tell you some amazing stories! After Las Vegas, he moved back to New York, where he was a Gaming and Lodging equity analyst for a New York based institutional brokerage firm. Currently, Jason works at a California-based, real estate development / airport concessions company that operates in the San Francisco and Oakland International Airport and is expanding into Southern California. Jason has always been affiliated with temples throughout his life. He has a strong connection to Judaism and loves to socialize and meet new people (a.k.a he better find and marry a Jewish girl quick!). In truth, Jason's desire to join YALC stems from his desire to attract new members and continue to build relationships with the Community in the same way and spirit YALC has done since its inception. He looks forward to working with all YALC members to continue YALC's great tradition and contribution to the Bay Area.
Jonathan Bloom first attended Temple Emanu-El's Late Shabbat in 2008, and was instantly hooked. After years of following his television news career through the small and largely Christian towns of Middle America, finding Emanu-El's vibrant and growing Young Adult Community was like finally coming home. It was the happy end to the first chapter of an exciting Jewish journey that continues to unfold here in San Francisco. A Temple member since late 2008, Jonathan has performed comedic roles in the Purim Follies since 2010, and has been a fixture at other Jewish social events, often as a volunteer bartender and unofficial event photographer. In 2012, after a career move that ended many years of working evenings and weekends, Jonathan took a long-awaited step and joined the Young Adult Leadership Committee, hoping to help shape this dynamic and one-of-a-kind community for his peers and the generations that follow. Jonathan can be found skiing the slopes of Lake Tahoe during the winter, cheering on the San Francisco Giants by summer, and performing pop-up concerts with the a cappella group Scales Of The City when you least expect it. Jonathan can also be seen most weekday evenings on ABC 7, reporting on the tech world's latest innovations, and the great Bay Area minds that create them.
Laura joined YALC in August 2011 and is excited to continue to give back to the Jewish community. She has enjoyed many a Late Shabbat since moving to San Francisco in 2006. Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Laura attended UC Davis where she earned her B.A. in Psychology with minors in Education and Music. After moving to the city by the bay post graduation, she worked for several years in the field of education, both Jewish and secular. She went back to school at San Francisco State University where she attained her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and has continued to work in education ever since. Laura grew up in a Reform temple where she had both her Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation in addition to serving as a madracha for four years. During high school Laura took leadership roles in BBG. She went on to be highly involved in both Hillel and ΣΑΕΠ at UC Davis. In the fall, she will start her tenth year of teaching Sunday School to Jewish youth. When not working with children, Laura enjoys photography; exploring the bay area; tasting local cuisine; and paying her respects to the Golden Gate Bridge. Laura is happy to call Temple Emanu-El her Jewish home and looks forward to serving another great year on YALC!
Phillip grew up in Central California's Salinas Valley, where he was a member of Temple Beth El. Phillip left the golden state and traveled to New York for college, where he attended NYU and immersed himself in the strong Jewish community of New York. This led him to join NYU's Jewish Heritage Program and participate in numerous events at NYU's Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life. As part of this great Jewish community, Phillip traveled to Israel for the first time on a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip, where he further connected to his Jewish roots and discovered his insatiable love of hummus. After graduating with a B.A. in Political Science from NYU, Phillip returned to his home state of California where he now works as a brand builder and communications expert, helping brilliant people and companies achieve their communication goals. He joined YALC in 2013 to continue building his strong Jewish identity and to be a part of the great Jewish Community at Congregation Emanu-El.
Sara was born and raised in New York, NY and received a BA in Sociology from NYU. She previously worked in special events at L'Oreal and relocated to San Francisco to manage creative for Store Openings and Events at Sephora. Sara attended her first Late Shabbat in June 2012 and was instantly hooked. By July, she came back for her second Shabbat as a member of YALC. Sara is excited to meet the Emanu-El community and is eager to blend charitable activities with social events in the YAC.
Cindy grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC. She joined Temple Emanu-El in 2008 shortly after moving to San Francisco and co-founded the Emanu-El Arts & Culture havurah in September 2011. She received her BA in International Relations from Tufts University and her MA in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. After college, she moved to China to be a cruise director on the Yangtze River. In the U.S., she has worked on Asia-related projects in both the non-profit and public sectors--as a program officer for international exchange programs in New York, and as a bank regulator in New York and San Francisco. In terms of Jewish activities, she spent many childhood Sunday mornings at Washington Hebrew Congregation and was also actively involved in Tufts Hillel. Her first exposure to California was spending a summer of college as a counselor at Camp Swig (previously part of the URJ camp network). Beyond involvement in YALC, she enjoys international travel, foodie excursions, practicing her rusty Mandarin, and seeking out music and arts activities in the Bay Area.
Originally from Los Angeles, Rachel first moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley before returning in 2009 after a four-year hiatus in Southern California. In addition to embracing her inner “super-Jew”, Rachel has embraced her inner nerd in both her personal and professional lives, competing in crossword puzzle tournaments, playing mahjongg with her girlfriends, and navigating the FDA’s regulatory maze in the world of biotech. She enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering at the food bank and fundraising for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. She thinks she has a great sense of humor, so please laugh at her jokes, even though they’re terrible.
Kate joined YALC in 2013. Born in Russia, Kate immigrated to the US in 1990 and grew up in San Diego. Kate attended UCLA, where she began her Jewish involvement by being on the board of the university's Israel activism organization, Bruins for Israel. She then began her career as an IT Consultant for Capgemini and traveled around for until until starting a long term project back in San Diego. There, she became involved with the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation and participated and led programs for the San Diego community for two years. In June of 2010, Kate quit her job and moved to Europe to attend IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. After two fun and challenging years filled with international colleagues, a rigorous academic program, and extensive travel, Kate decided to move back to California. In August of 2012, she got a job with Salesforce.com and moved to San Francisco. Kate attended her first Late Shabbat in September of 2012 and has been a regular ever since.
Allie joined Emanu-El after moving back to California in 2012 and wanting to get connected to the Jewish community in San Francisco. Allie grew up attending a Reconstructionist synagogue in Orange County. She attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and then ventured into the political world working on the 2008 Obama campaign and moving to Washington, DC. After dabbling in politics, Allie decided to pursue a passion for public health and got her Masters in Public Health from George Washington University. After graduating, she moved to San Francisco to pursue a career in public health and works at UCSF in adolescent health. Allie joined YALC in June 2013 after attending many late night shabbats and other YALC sponsored activities in the city. Her family hails from San Francisco and she grew up attending Bar and Bat Mitzvah's and family reunions at Emanu-El. Allie is an expert people watcher, a dog enthusiast, an avid reader and experimental crafter.
David joined YALC in 2013. After being born and raised in Los Angeles, David ventured to St. Louis to attend Washington University. He quickly returned to the warmth of the west coast to help launch a new 200 store grocery chain for the world's 3rd largest retailer, Tesco. After that he moved up the bay to go to graduate school at Stanford. David received his MBA in 2011 and spent his summer working for IDEO where got to help invent new consumer products. After school, David began investing and creating new technology startups at Harrison Metal Capital, the seed stage venture capital fund behind Admob, Aardvark, Cafepress, Birchbox and Heroku. David was a NFTY board member in high school, camp counselor at Camp Alonim, active in AIPAC and is the grandson of Holocaust survivors.
Ron is originally from the Bay Area. He joined Temple Emanu-El in 2011. He is an alumnus of U.C. Berkeley and Columbia University. After working as a financial analyst at a hedge fund in New York, he moved back to the Bay Area to work as a software engineer/project manager first for a startup and most recently for the State of California’s Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP). He was attracted to YALC in order to help attract new members, build community and help facilitate outreach. Outside of YAC, he enjoys playing in amateur Shakespearean acting, playing in improv sketches, running and telling confusing jokes.
Matt joined YALC in 2013 and is passionate about bringing the Jewish community together. Born and raised in New City, NY, Matt had always had a passion for the west coast and finally made the move to San Francisco in 2007. Matt received a BS from Cornell and went on to NYU to get a Masters in Real Estate Finance. Today, Matt works for Greystar where he is involved in the development and construction of apartment home communities on the west coast. Prior to YALC, Matt was a mentor with Minds Matter for six years working with high school students. While there, he was also in charge of planning the annual gala which drew over 1,000 people each year and raised $400,000.
Anat joined YALC in 2013, soon after becoming a member of Congregation Emanu-El. Anat grew up in a small town in the north of Israel. She moved to the city in 2009, to get a BFA in Animation and Web Design from the Academy of Art University. Anat has always considered herself "collaterally" Jewish, but had to move all the way to San Francisco to find her religious connection through Emanu-El. Anat loves cooking, writing , creating art and talking about Israel.
Justin grew up in Southern California as an active member of Temple Beth El, an avid NFTY participant, and happy Swig camper. He earned a BA in Political Science from the University of California Santa Barbara, where he served on the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity Executive Board and enjoyed the opportunity to surf on a daily basis. After graduating, Justin worked as the Program Director for the Hillel Foundation of Orange County to create a vibrant and dynamic Jewish community at UC Irvine. Serious soul searching and traveling led Justin to graduate school at California State University Long Beach where he earned his teaching credential in social sciences. He moved up to San Francisco (his best decision ever) in the summer of 2012 and was brought to a Late Shabbat in August 2012 by his cousin, Erica. After experiencing Shabbat, he knew this was the community for him. His parents hail from San Francisco and grew up attending services at Congregation Emanu-El, so he felt an immediate connection to the community. He was thrilled to join YALC in September 2013, which allows him to combine his passions for social justice, social events, and program planning. Justin is a high school history teacher as well as a track and field coach. He enjoys running, swimming, biking, cooking, surfing, yoga, competing in triathlons and road races, attempting to play guitar, and laughing at his own jokes and costumes even if no one else does.