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JNET Newsletter: June 2017:

In This Issue:
  • Chairperson’s Message
  • June Rabbi Series - Three in One!
  • JNET FLASH Event: Painting and Pinot, June 25
  • JNET Networking Workshops
  • JNET's May 7th Celebrate Israel Festivities
  • JNET Cares
  • JNET in the News
  • Involvement Opportunities
  • Speaking Opportunities

Remember, as a JNET member, you can attend any meeting of any chapter, and both the summer and Chanukah yearly mixers. View the Chapter Meeting Calendar, and don't forget to sign up for your opportunity to speak/present to the group.

Share Your Words of Wisdom

photo of JNET Chairperson Jackie Mendelson

By Jackie Mendelson,
JNET Chairperson


We have one more month of summer until it will be time to prepare for the High Holy Days. We will celebrate Erev Rosh Hashanah on September 20th, so we have from now until then to pump up the volume on providing referrals to your fellow JNET members and to go the extra mile to provide the greatest service to those with whom you conduct business.

Also, take advantage of many new opportunities available for you at JNET, including JNET's networking workshop, and the new developments described below.

Bel Air and Tarzana PM Merge
The Bel Air and Tarzana PM chapters are merging. We would like to thank the leadership at Stephen Wise Temple for hosting us, and we plan to continue our relationship, should we wish to host mixers or workshops there in the future. When we first opened that chapter, we had no presence on the Westside. It was our first foothold south of the Sepulveda Pass. And, having the Bel Air chapter was significant in helping JNET catapult into other Westside neighborhoods. With the establishment of those Westside chapters, and the waning attendance at Bel Air meetings due to the location, traffic patterns and scheduling challenges at the temple, JNET has decided to merge the Bel Air chapter with Tarzana PM. The leadership teams are a good fit and we expect the combined chapter will continue to grow.

The leadership team for the combined chapter exhibits experience, strength, and positive energy! Please make it a point to attend the next meeting on Wednesday, August 23rd and join me in congratulating the starting line-up of volunteers who are stepping up to the plate to provide a great JNET meeting experience: President Asher Levin and Vice President Sandy Rosenholz, along with Zeda Spiegel, Jeffrey Davidson, Marlene Harrison, Tatiana Davidov, Gail Salem, Debbie Nierenberg, Richard Cassel, Larry Estrin, Eric Itelman, Maury Gomberg, Sherry Warschaw, and Michael Starr. Get to know the new team »».

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New Format at Tarzana AM
Among other new opportunities at JNET, the Tarzana AM chapter meetings are shifting to a business roundtable format, something the chapter has been experimenting with for several months with great success. The more intimate setting and interactive nature of the meetings promotes dialogue on best practices in business and allows attendees to share how common business challenges have been successfully resolved. The 30-second introductions, Raves and Reviews, and JNET Connect remain part of the revised chapter format. Speakers will be incorporated into the format by request.

Multiple JNET Memberships
Can a person have more than one membership in JNET? Yes! If a person has more than one business, they can purchase multiple JNET memberships to represent each line of business. They must pay the full annual dues for each business and will have the right to give one 30-second introduction for each membership they hold at the meetings they attend. They can also give two 10-minute presentations per year for each membership they hold. As always, members who hold only one membership but have multiple businesses will only be allowed to talk about the business for which they have a membership.

New This Month
Sinai Temple Rabbis photo of Wolpe, Sherman, and Guzik

JNET's From the Rabbi Series Trio!

Each Friday this month, get valuable advice on improving how you do business from three distinguished rabbis of Sinai Temple, affiliated with JNET Westwood. JNET is honored to have Rabbis Wolpe, Sherman, and Guzik share their words of wisdom to help us perform better--both inside and out.

Tune in to the JNET website each Friday for a fresh rabbinic perspective on doing business, citing references of Jewish traditions and religious principles.

Visit the Rabbi Series page, and then continue the conversation on JNET's Facebook and LinkedIn pages. Be sure to share with friends and colleagues this special opportunity to become an even better businessperson!

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JNET FLASH Event: Paint & Pinot!
Sunday, June 25th: 6:30-9:30 PM
Space is Limited - RSVP Now!

Get ready JNET'ers for a fun night of painting and pinot! On Sunday, June 25, enjoy a special evening of schmoozing, followed by a 2-hour painting class. Choose your artistic goal, and be guided by an expert instructor on how to achieve it. Unleash your creativity, and discover what you can do! Enjoy light snacks, and a bar for purchase of wine and soft drinks. All painting supplies are included. Event will be held from 6:30-9:30 PM at Pinot’s Palette, 17401 Ventura Blvd., Encino (Bed, Bath & Beyond mall). Cost is $37 per person, payable in advance.

Space is limited so RSVP now! JNET reserved a private room with 24 available spots that are already filling up fast. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Sandy Hollander on weekdays at 818-712-0933, or email

Networking Workshops - FREE to Members!

JNET launched in May a special program to help new and existing members improve their relationships and become better fellow networkers, thereby enhancing their business at JNET. Entitled "Schmoozing with a Purpose," these special networking workshops are held in small-group settings for more individualized attention.

Here are just some of the areas JNET workshops will help you improve in:

  • Identifying your networking goals
  • Crafting that winning 30-second commercial speech
  • Making and receiving good referrals
  • Maximizing your exposure to the other JNET members


Enjoy supportive discussions, receive valuable feedback from fellow participants, and get useful tips from a brief presentation on marketing for your business.

Successful workshops have already been facilitated and will continue in the West Valley by Max Izenberg, Dalia Hayon, and Jackson Schwartz. Additional meetings are scheduled with Eric Oxenberg facilitating on the West Side. Workshops are free to members, and $10 for guests who are considering joining JNET. Contact Membership Co-Chairs Dalia Hayon,, and Max Izenberg,, for more information and to sign up!


JNET’s involvement in the Celebrate Israel Festival and "On the Map" movie screening brought a great deal of exposure to JNET as a networking organization. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and helped with setting up our participation in these events.

Celebrate Israel Festival

JNET had a great turnout at its booth, and more people asked for information about JNET this year than ever before! Thank you to all JNET members who volunteered their time to help us make our participation in the Celebrate Israel Festival successful. Special thanks to JNET Program Chair Jennifer Maraia, and Membership Co-Chairs Dalia Hayon and Max Izenberg for their help in setting up the booth, and to JNET PR/Communications Committee member Judy Robitschek for her beautiful graphics that adorned our banners and promotional items.


"On the Map" Screening

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This incredible event, co-hosted by JNET and Sinai Temple, received raves from all. Following the delicious dinner and screening, the entire audience of 120 attendees gave the film a standing ovation.

Rabbi Sherman moderated a very informative Director's Q&A session with two-time Israeli Oscar Winner Dani Menkin, who gave the audience great insight as to why this victory for the 1977 European Basketball Championship was so monumental!

Special thanks to JNET Westwood President Barry Sikov, the event MC, for organizing and leading this special event, to JNET member Alan Altschul for proposing and supporting the event throughout, and to JNET Administrator Rachael Payne for stepping up to ensure the event was publicized and executed well.


JNET Cares

  • Mazel tov to Max and Jerry Izenberg on the marriage of their grandson, Paul Izenberg to Julie Jay in Malibu.
  • Congratulations to Sandy and David Hollander on the birth of their new grandson, Jonah Evan Hollander, who was born on June 2 to Matthew and Angelica Hollander.
  • Good wishes to Mike Sholklapper following a successful surgery.
  • Sympathies to Anthony Marguleas on the passing of his father.
  • Condolences to Nancy Spear on the loss of her father, Stan Swartz.

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

JNET in the News

  • JNET’s “How Jews Schmooze” ad appeared in the May 12 edition of the Jewish Journal. We have had great response to our ad, which continues to help us build our membership as well as our recognition in the community. The ad will appear again in the June, September and November issues. We are grateful to JNET Board Member Judy Robitschek of robi-chex graphic design + production who designed this eye-catching advertisement.

Involvement Opportunities

Volunteering is the best way to develop deeper relationships, get known by JNET’s leaders and members and 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 Thousand Oaks and Westwood chapters are still 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 good writing, computer skills and attention to detail are a must. Training will be provided. For more information, contact JNET Thousand Oaks President Steve Marche at 805-374-6000 or or JNET Westwood President Barry Sikov at 310-476-9720 or

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

Speaker Opportunities

Under JNET's rules and regulations, members can speak at a chapter meeting twice a year (every 181 days) but not at the same chapter in the same calendar year. In the past, JNET’s Board of Directors has given special dispensation to new and smaller chapters, that are enthusiastic about growing their membership but are meeting with some obstacles in getting speakers to sign up. The Board is allowing them to have members speak without breaking the two-time speaking rule. The Board is giving this dispensation to the JNET South Bay, Tarzana AM, and Thousand Oaks chapters for a period of six months in the 2017 calendar year. For more information, contact JNET South Bay President Eran Conforty at 917-349-1695 or, Tarzana AM President Phil Blum at 323-823-2479 or or Thousand Oaks President Steve Marche at 805-374-6000 or

If you have any other questions, please contact Judi Lirman, JNET Vice Chair, at 818-939-7098 or

JNET Contact Information:

Chapter Support/Nominating Committee – Judi Lirman,
Care Committee – Sandy Hollander, and Max Izenberg,
Finance – Randy Michel, CPA
Growth – Jackie Mendelson,
Membership – Dalia Hayon,, and Max Izenberg,
Programs/Speakers – Jennifer Maraia,
Public Relations/Communications – Robin Kellogg,
Facebook Page – JNET Administrator,
LinkedIn Group – Stuart Fried,
Social Events – Sandy Hollander,, and Gail Salem,
Website – JNET Administrator,

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