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Young Mens Division

The Young Men’s Division was founded in 1994 in an effort to bring younger community members to support The Guardians and prepare for future leadership. The YMD holds activities geared to their interests as well as providing leadership opportunities and social activities for members in their 20s and 30s.

YOUNG MEN’S DIVISION

As we approach the end of the 2017-2018 fiscal year we are excited to report The Guardians Young Men’s Division has never been stronger. We had a record-breaking year with new membership growing approximately 60% year-over-year and member engagement at an all-time high, as evidenced by our sold-out parties, events, and standing room only monthly meetings. The energy, creativity, collaboration, and commitment from the YMD Board have been the contributing factors to the success of the YMD.

As we closed out 2017 and set our sights on 2018 we put in motion final plans for The Guardians 23rd Annual Poker Tournament. The tournament is a staple event for the YMD and was held on March 29th at Hollywood Park Casino for a third consecutive year. We were lucky to have the enthusiasm and leadership of this year’s Poker Co-Chairs, Dave Raysberg and Ari Rutenberg, who along with our seasoned poker event advisor and Vice Chair of Events, Ben Caspi secured us 173 players which resulted in the event raising over $70,000. Event Co-Chair, Ari Rutenberg attributed beginner’s luck to his final table finish, and we can promise there was no collusion involved, Russia or otherwise.

Vice Chairs of Parties and Mixers, Joseph Auday and Sterling Snyder continued their winning streak from 2017 and came up big to organize and deliver three more sold out parties, including the February 2018 Kickoff Party at Now Boarding in West Hollywood, the May “Diez de Mayo” party at Cabo Cantina on Sunset, and the July Summer Kickoff Party at Copa d’Oro in Santa Monica.

Our outgoing Vice Chair of Professional Development, Mike Abend, put a bow on his tenure with the YMD prior to relocating to New York, by organizing the annual Speaker Series with Sherry Lansing and Andrea Savage. The event was a huge success for the YMD and was moderated by Amy Laslett, President and Head of Production of Kids At Play. The YMD recognizes Mike Abend for his vision and effort in taking the Speaker Series to new heights since becoming a Guardian in 2015 and welcome him back to LA anytime. Continuing in the YMD’s mission to provide meaningful content, incoming YMD Board Member Scott Steinback organized another installment of the Guardians Breakfast Speaker Series, which took place at Izzy's Deli and featured guest speaker and long-time Guardians supporter Mark Weinstein of MJW Investments. The year also included memorable outings spearheaded by the Guardians Women’s Division, including a special Hanukkah celebration at the Jewish Home for the residents, a Kings game at Staples Center, and a trip to Chavez Ravine for some Dodgers Baseball. We capped off the fiscal year successfully and appropriately with our recent day out on the golf course for the 20th Annual Guardians Open at MountainGate Country Club, chaired by this year’s Golf Co-Chairs Jesse McKenzie, Scott Steinback, and Sam Schifman.

From everyone at the YMD, a special acknowledgement and big thank you to Guardians Manager, Jessi Cazary and Development Coordinator, Brittany Friedman; we couldn't do what we do without your guidance and support. Thank you to Guardians Presidents, Jeff Schlesinger and Larry Schnaid for your trust in the YMD and for your leadership of The Guardians organization. And finally, thank you to the Guardians Women's Division and its leaders, Danielle Kitzes and Ilysa Cooperman; it is a privilege to collaborate with the GWD and work together in our shared mission to support the Home.

Sincerely,
Gideon Orion and Jeremy Madick
2017 - 2019 YMD Board Chairs

The YMD recognizes Mike Abend for his vision and effort in taking the Speaker Series to new heights since becoming a Guardian in 2015 and welcome him back to LA anytime. Continuing in the YMD’s mission to provide meaningful content, incoming YMD Board Member Scott Steinback organized another installment of the Guardians Breakfast Speaker Series, which took place at Izzy's Deli and featured guest speaker and long-time Guardians supporter Mark Weinstein of MJW Investments. The year also included memorable outings spearheaded by the Guardians Women’s Division, including a special Hanukkah celebration at the Jewish Home for the residents, a Kings game at Staples Center, and a trip to Chavez Ravine for some Dodgers Baseball. We capped off the fiscal year successfully and appropriately with our recent day out on the golf course for the 20th Annual Guardians Open at MountainGate Country Club, chaired by this year’s Golf Co-Chairs Jesse McKenzie, Scott Steinback, and Sam Schifman.

From everyone at the YMD, a special acknowledgement and big thank you to Guardians Manager, Jessi Cazary and Development Coordinator, Brittany Friedman; we couldn't do what we do without your guidance and support. Thank you to Guardians Presidents, Jeff Schlesinger and Larry Schnaid for your trust in the YMD and for your leadership of The Guardians organization. And finally, thank you to the Guardians Women's Division and its leaders, Danielle Kitzes and Ilysa Cooperman; it is a privilege to collaborate with the GWD and work together in our shared mission to support the Home.

Sincerely,
Gideon Orion and Jeremy Madick
2017 - 2019 YMD Board Chairs

2018-2019 Young Men’s Division Leadership

YMD Co-Chairs
Jeremy Madick
Gideon Orion

Vice Chairs, Parties/Mixers
Joseph Auday
David Cohan
Sterling Snyder

Vice Chairs, Professional Development
Ben Caspi
Scott Steinback

Vice Chairs, Events
Jesse McKenzie
Andrew Westling

Vice Chairs, New Membership
Michael Beck
Jake Gould

Vice Chairs, Retention
Aaron Cohen
Daniel Shuman

Vice Chairs, Communications
Josh Goodman
Reeven Nathan

Vice Chairs, Activities
Dan Frankel
Austin Gingold
Sam Schifman

Treasurer
Howie Hendler

Member at Large
Steven Cooper
Charlie Jasper
Josh Keimach
Oren Shiri

Immediate Past YMD Co-Chairs
Yossi Berrin-Reinstein
Bryan Cohen

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