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 volunteer congregation members 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 they’re awesome!

Young Adult Leadership Committee (YALC)

Michelle Brody

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Michelle Brody

Michelle (she/her) was born and raised in the great state of New Jersey. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in philosophy and public affairs, she moved to San Francisco in 2019 by way of Washington DC and Seattle. At work, Michelle manages customer onboardings for a tech company. In her free time, she can mostly be found on one of her many bikes or attempting an elaborate baking project. 

Michelle realized upon moving to San Francisco that while she had close-knit friendships, she didn’t have the Jewish community she desired. Attending Late Shabbats and participating in Emanu-El’s Do Good, Feel Good tikkun olam series, Michelle found the connection she was looking for. Her goal in YALC is to continue to build her Jewish  community here and help create similar opportunities for others.

Vince Celli

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Vince Celli

Vince (he/him) grew up in a small town in West Sonoma County. He was an Environmental Studies major at UC Santa Cruz (go Banana Slugs!). After several years of pursuing personal passions in the solar and fitness industries, he settled down in San Francisco and joined the tech sales world.

He was raised in a secular household but, like so many other young Jews, his Birthright trip ignited a passion for Judaism, Israel, and Jewish culture that would mark the beginning of his Jewish journey. Several years later, he attended his first Late Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El and fell in love with this community so much that he hasn’t missed a single one in over a year! His goal with YALC is to give back to the Bay Area Jewish community that has been such a positive impact on his life and provide others the same opportunity it gave him to explore and strengthen his Jewish identity.

When he’s not engaging in the Emanu-El community, you can find Vince working out, playing sports, traveling, spending time outdoors, and enjoying time with friends and family. 

Julia Cinnamon

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Julia Cinnamon

Julia (she/her) is a professional fun-raiser.  At Repair the World, a Jewish service movement, she connects young adults to Judaism through service and learning as the West Development Director.  Julia is passionate about young adults having a seat at the table, and is a board member of Jewish Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley JCRC. 

While a founding resident of Moishe House Silicon Valley, Julia hosted 200+ in-person and 200+ virtual events.  After a year recovering, Julia’s excited to get back to programming with the YALC team.  Julia spends her free time in a white-water raft or kayak, exploring the California wild.  You can find Julia talking about her Jersey roots and performing improvisational comedy every other Friday at Endgames in the Mission!  Julia is originally from New Jersey and grew up in Saratoga, Ca.  She received her BA in Political Science and Psychology from Rutgers University. 

Brandon Kaufman

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Brandon Kaufman

Brandon Kaufman (he/him) was born in Irvine, CA and moved to San Francisco in the Fall of 2021. Brandon graduated in 2021 from the University of Southern California where he received a B.A. in Public Relations with a minor in Communication Design. 

Brandon has been an active member in the Jewish community wherever he lives, most recently being one of the USC Hillel 2019-2020 co-presidents. Being in the Jewish community to Brandon is about connecting like-minded people with similar values together in a fun space. He especially loves to host events and connect people to new friends as well as make his own new friends!

Outside of the Jewish community, Brandon is listening to an audiobook or watching TV and he loves to explore the various pizza places that SF has to offer as well as attempting to get better at golf. Brandon currently works at Deloitte Digital as an Associate Account Executive.

Aaron Malki

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Aaron Malki

A-A-Ron Malki was born in Redlands, CA (not to be confused with Redding, CA) and moved to San Francisco in the summer of 2020. He holds a degree in political science with a minor in conflict resolution from the University of Oregon (Sco Ducks!) and he is an active contributor to organizations such as Hillel, Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Habitat for Humanity, and Keshet Chicago. 

Aaron currently works in residential asset management but he has also previously owned a retail start up called Heart Hats. When Aaron isn’t at the office, he enjoys hiking, Shabbat dinners with friends and family, fashion, watching the Ducks beat those pesky Huskies, yoga, camping and eating a delicious croissant from Vive la Tarte bakery. Aaron is a new member of Yalc and he is ecstatic to plan some fun events!
Claire Perelman

Chairperson
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Claire Perelman

Chairperson

Claire (she/her) spent most of her life in Southern California, growing up in LA and attending college and graduate school in San Diego. After graduating, Claire moved to the Bay in July 2018 and hasn’t looked back! 

Claire was brought to Late Shabbat by a close friend in January 2019, and instantly knew that she had found the Jewish home in the Bay Area she had been seeking. She is thrilled to serve as YALC’s Chairperson and have the opportunity to continue to build an engaging, inviting, and sustainable community for her fellow Bay Areas 20s and 30s. 

Outside of YALC, Claire works as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at two SFUSD high schools, lifts weights, and tries to laugh as much as humanly possible. 

Jamie Schenk

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Jamie Schenk

Jamie (she/her) was born and raised in Orange County, California. She graduated from UCLA with her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Society (2013) and from Emory University  with her Master in Public Health in Environmental Health (2015). Jamie moved to San Francisco in 2015. She currently works in Customer Success at a health technology company. In her free time, Jamie loves baking and cooking with seasonal ingredients, exploring the Bay Area by trying new restaurants, hikes, and wineries, incorporating Yiddish whenever possible in conversation, and spending time with her husband, Mo, and their fluffy golden retriever, Clancy. 
 
Jamie has found a meaningful connection to Judaism through Birthright, Germany Close Up, Honeymoon Israel, Moishe House, and Late Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El. Her YALC goals include continuing to build a Jewish community that is inclusive, fun, and approachable and increasing young adult interfaith dialogue in the San Francisco community. 
Lexi Strauss

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Lexi Strauss

Lexi (she/her) comes from a start-up background, specializing in Marketing and Operations. She’s worked on a founding team for a video dating app and more recently works on Marketing strategy for a health & wellness company based in Boston. Lexi‘s been interested in learning about her Jewish identity from a very young age. This eventually inspired a few organized trips to Israel, including the 92nd Street Y’s “Havaya,” as well as being a participant and then a counselor for Mayanot Birthright tours. Lexi is actively working to empower young Jewish people to feel comfortable and proud having discussions around what it means to be Jewish, and the hardships that may come with it. 
 
In her free time, Lexi enjoys hot yoga, playing boardgames, drinking an aggressively large, iced coffee, and working on DIY craft projects (with a goal to begin wood-working classes in the near future). Lexi grew up on Long Island, NY between 2 incredible brothers and she attended Babson College where she mastered in Entrepreneurship. A fun fact is that Lexi has never eaten a PB & J sandwich.
Natalie Rochman

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Natalie Rochman

Natalie (she/her) was born and raised in Northern California. Originally from Sacramento, Natalie moved to the great state of Michigan for college, where she graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science, and a minor in Judaic Studies. At school, Natalie was involved with Michigan Hillel, where she worked as the Major Events Officer as well as her sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon.

For work, Natalie works in Crisis Communications, where she works helping others overcome challenges and issues. In her free time, Natalie can be found reading a new book, watching Netflix with her roommates, or baking in her tiny San Francisco kitchen.