YOUNG LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS
17th Annual IAJF Gala Young Leadership Division After Party at Lincoln Center
 


2018 Rooftop Sunset Party Recap
 


2018 Summer Happy Hour Recap
The YLD kicked off the summer with a Happy Hour event at The Lately on June 13th. Over 100 young professionals enjoyed a fun night with great company.


2018 AIPAC Recap
From March 4th to 6th, IAJF, in partnership with the Mashadi Youth Committee, sponsored a trip for 32 members of the young Iranian American Jewish community to attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. Led by Chairs Benjamin Navi, Jeremy Nazarian and David Oheb, the delegation participated in lectures and met influential leaders, government representatives, and fellow supporters of Israel. They networked with over 300 young people at the annual AIPAC YL reception and, led by IAJF Board of Trustees Member Mehran Hakimian, participated in lobbying sessions with local elected officials in the United States Capitol.


2018 Winter Shabbat Dinner Recap
On February 9, 2018, IAJF's Young Leadership Division (YLD) hosted one hundred fifty young professionals at its annual Social Shabbat Dinner. Old and new friends gathered for a delicious, traditional Shabbat meal at Reserve Cut in Manhattan.


16th Annual IAJF Gala Young Leadership Division After Party at Lincoln Center
 


2017 Summer Happy Hour & Art Exhibit Recap
On June 13, 2017, the IAJF Young Leadership Division held a Happy Hour and Art Exhibit at Delilah NYC. Over 140 young professionals came out on a very hot summer night to socialize with old friends and new ones. The room was packed through the evening until closing time.

A highlight of the night was the exhibit of artwork and photography by young local artists from the Iranian community. As guests mingled, they enjoyed artwork by Sheeryn Kahen, Kayla Lahijani, Sarah Sorenson, and Andrew Tess. It was a wonderful opportunity to recognize the talented artists within our community while having a lot of fun!


2017 AIPAC Recap
From March 26th to March 28th, The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference was held in Washington, DC. The IAJF sponsored a trip for 35 young professionals from the community to attend, led by Chairs Benjamin Navi, Jeremy Nazarian and David Oheb. The delegation, along with 18,000 Policy Conference attendees, participated in lectures, met influential leaders, government representatives, and fellow supporters of Israel, and learned about Israeli political, social, and economic policies, and American policy towards Israel.

The delegation enjoyed an exciting speech by Vice President Mike Pence in support of Israel. Other Keynote Speakers included U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and many other American, Israeli, and international political leaders, as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who spoke via Satellite.

On Monday night, following a live concert by renowned Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel, IAJF hosted a private dinner for the Young Leadership delegation to cap off the weekend. The dinner was a social and delicious way to bring the entire group together to discuss and reinforce their collective AIPAC experience. Following the dinner, the group attended an AIPAC YL reception where over 300 young people from across the world came together as one. On the final day of the conference, the delegation participated in lobbying sessions with local elected officials including Congressman Thomas Suozzi, led by IAJF Board of Trustees Member Mehran Hakimian.


2017 Winter Shabbat Dinner Recap
On January 27, 2017, the IAJF's Young Leadership Division held its second Shabbat dinner. The delicious four-course Shabbat meal was held at Reserve Cut at The Setai, a Contemporary Glatt Kosher Steak House in the Financial District of Manhattan. Over 150 young professionals attended, celebrating Shabbat with friends and community members.


15th Annual IAJF Gala Young Leadership Division After Party at Lincoln Center
 


2016 AIPAC Recap
From March 19th to March 22nd, The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference was held in Washington DC. The IAJF in partnership with Mashadi Youth Committee (MYC) sponsored a trip for over 90 members of the young Iranian Jewish community. The delegation attended lectures, met influential political figures, leaders, government representatives, and fellow supporters of Israel. IAJF President, Mr. Shahram Yagoubzadeh and IAJF Vice President, David Emrani, and Board of Trustee Member Mehran Hakimian also participated. The group joined a record breaking 18,500 AIPAC Policy Conference attendees as they learned about Israeli political, social, and economic policies, American policy towards Israel. The delegation was able to enjoy a historic moment in which four Presidential candidates along with Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan spoke in support of the Jewish nation.

The delegation also spent hours at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, learning the lessons of the past and to take the steps to prevent such tragedies to occur in the future.

On the final and last day of the conference, the delegation was invited to a private lobbing session in the United States Capital Building with lifetime supporter of Israel and friend to the community Congressman Steve Israel.


Young Leadership 4th Annual Gala
On Thursday, April 14th, 2016 the Young Leadership Division of the Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York held it's 4th Annual Gala at Edison Ballroom. Over 350 guests gathered at this iconic venue for an unforgettable 1920's themed evening of live music, dinner and dancing! The DJ played all night while the Hudson Horns toured the crowd playing jazzy instruments. Attendees looked their best and rocked our gold photo booth. Eleven raffle winners took home prizes totaling a value of $20,000, while every guest took home a customized IAJF duffel bag filled with selfie sticks, chocolates, frisbees and more. Thank you to our generous sponsors for helping make our event possible!


Young Leadership 4th Annual Gala
On Thursday, April 14th, 2016 the Young Leadership Division of the Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York held it's 4th Annual Gala at Edison Ballroom. Over 350 guests gathered at this iconic venue for an unforgettable 1920's themed evening of live music, dinner and dancing! The DJ played all night while the Hudson Horns toured the crowd playing jazzy instruments. Attendees looked their best and rocked our gold photo booth. Eleven raffle winners took home prizes totaling a value of $20,000, while every guest took home a customized IAJF duffel bag filled with selfie sticks, chocolates, frisbees and more. Thank you to our generous sponsors for helping make our event possible!

See all the pictures of the Gala here


14th Annual IAJF Gala Young Leadership Divison After Party at Lincoln Center
The IAJF hosted an exclusive After Party on the upper balcony of Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for young professionals who attended the IAJF Annual Gala. Over 200 young professionals partied with Comedian Elon Gold, enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, and an open bar late into the night.


Young Leadership 3rd Annual Gala
On Thursday, March 26, 2015 The Young Leadership Division of the Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York (IAJF), held its 3rd Annual Gala at the New York Public Library. Over 400 guests gathered for an unforgettable evening with open bar featuring top shelf liquor, great food and fantastic entertainment all night! DJ George Gracia and the percussionist Curtis Watts provided music and entertainment. Attendees dressed in their best spring attire while they rocked the photo booth. The theme of this year's Gala was Capture the Night: Ibiza. A special raffle took place in the evening with over 10 winners taking home prizes totaling over $10,000.

See all the pictures of the Gala here and Photobooth here




2015 AIPAC Recap
From March 1st to March 3rd, The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference was held in Washington DC. The Iranian American Jewish Federation of NY sponsored a scholarship for first time attendees from the Iranian Jewish Community. Seven young professionals received scholarships to the AIPAC Conference. The IAJF group attended lectures, met influential political figures, leaders, government representatives, and fellow supporters of Israel. IAJF President, Mr. Shahram Yagoubzadeh also participated. The group joined a record breaking 16,000 AIPAC Policy Conference attendees as they learned about Israeli political, social, and economic policies, American policy towards Israel and the impact of Operation Protective Edge and ways to help the conflict.

The Mashadi Youth Committee and the IAJF Young Leadership Division joined in collaboration through lobbying and an amazing private tour of the Capitol with Congressmen Steve Israel. Attendees were also the first to be privy to new Israeli technologies and a once in a lifetime experience: the IAJF heard a speech by the esteemed 9th Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, as he addressed the concerns of the nuclear Iran.




13th Annual IAJF Gala Young Leadership Division After Party at the Hudson
The IAJF hosted an exclusive After Party at the famed Henry at Hudson Hotel for young professionals who attended the Gala. Over 200 young professionals mingled the night away with a sushi bar, and DJ M2 spinning. We were also thrilled to have our special guest, a very much-loved comedian and actor, Elon Gold, party with us.

To view additional pictures taken from that evening, please see below:




Young Leadership 2nd Annual Gala
On Thursday, March 27, 2014 the Young Leadership Division of the Iranian American Federation of New York (IAJF), held its 2nd Annual Gala at the New York Public Library. Over 400 guests gathered for an unforgettable evening with fantastic entertainment, open bar, and a great dinner! Music was provided by DJ M2 and the famous Israeli percussionist Ami-O. A photobooth captured guests dressed in their spring attire, in conjunction with our spring theme.

Profits of this evening were dedicated to scholarships for students of Iranian Jewish Heritage at Bar Illan University in Israel.
To view additional pictures from our Gala taken by 'Guest of a Guest', please browse the following link:

http://guestofaguest.com/new-york/galleries/2014/march/2nd-annual-iajf-young-leadership-gala/967833




Young Leadership Division 1st Annual Summer Gala
On Thursday, June 20, 2013 the Young Leadership Division of the Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York (IAJF), held its 1st Annual Summer Gala at the New York Public Library. Over 350 guests joined in celebrating the inauguration of the newly formed division helping make the evening a great success. The entertainment for the evening included a riveting performance by renowned comedian Maz Jobrani, and the infamous DJ Alex & Amir spinning the night away!

Please browse through all of the pictures taken by 'Guest of a Guest' from that evening by clicking the following link:

http://guestofaguest.com/new-york/galleries/2013/june/iajf-young-leadership-1st-summer-gala/




IAJF Co-Sponsors 30 Years After Delegation at the 2013 AIPAC Policy Conference
On March 3rd through 5th 2013, 30 Years After New York, with the generosity of the IAJF, sponsored approximately twenty Jewish Iranian-American students and young professionals to attend the annual American Israeli Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington D.C.

According to AIPAC, the Policy Conference brings together pro-Israel activists looking to "influence policy, strengthen the bond between the United States and Israel, and ensure that Israel remains strong, vibrant and free." As described by The New York Times, AIPAC has emerged as "the most important organization affecting America's relationship with Israel," with over 100,000 pro-Israel members. Given the opportunity provided by 30 Years After and the IAJF, a new generation of pro-Israel activists were able to learn more about the importance of the American-Israeli relationship and become well-versed on the current national and global political landscape.

With over 10,000 activists in attendance, 30 Years After's delegation interacted with an array of people, from scholars, to politicians, to Israeli generals, to fellow students. The delegates also got to experience numerous educational panels and listen to live speeches by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and leaders from Congress.

This investment by IAJF will leave long-lasting impacts on the Jewish Iranian American community as a whole.




Moishe House - IAJF Creates a Vibrant Jewish Community for Young Jews in Great Neck, New York
In 2012, IAJF has sponsored Moishe House Great Neck, which opened its doors in January 2008 and has since reached more than 4,600 Jewish young adult participants through more than 270 different programs including Shabbat dinner, holiday celebrations, Repair the World community services opportunities, sporting events, movie nights, cultural gatherings, and much more. Moishe House Great Neck has built a unique Jewish community with a wide variety of programming. At Moishe House Great Neck, the 3 residents act as leaders in the community, welcoming an average of 85 participants every month. With IAJF support, Moishe House Great Neck fills in the lives of hundreds of Jewish young adults, training the next generation of Jewish Leaders, and helping to ensure an active Jewish community for the future!




Birthright Israel Trip
The Birthright Israel gift is a profound exploration of Jewish culture, history and contemporary Israeli society, available to Jewish young adults ages 18-26 who have not yet been to Israel on an educational tour. The program's objective is to strengthen participant's Jewish identity and connection to the Israeli people and state while reinforcing Jewish solidarity worldwide. This year marks the 14th anniversary of Birthright Israel and its remarkable success, with over 350,000 Jewish young adults participating to date from 62 countries




Rooftop Drinks & Cyrus Cylinder Exhibit Tour
On Sunday, August 4th, the Young Leadership Division of the IAJF met for drinks on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After taking in the outstanding panoramic view and enjoying cocktails with friends, guests joined a VIP tour of the Cyrus Cylinder exhibition proudly co-sponsored by the Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York.

The Cyrus Cylinder is one of the most famous surviving icons from the ancient world. Excavated at the ruins of Babylon in 1879, the cylinder was inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform on the orders of the Persian King, Cyrus the Great after he captured Babylon in 1539. The Cylinder marks the establishment of Persian rule and records how Cyrus restored shrines and allowed deported peoples to return to their homelands. Although not expressly mentioned at the time this icon was created the exiled Israelites in Babylon returned to Jerusalem to build the Second Temple, which is recorded in the Bible. The Cylinder, and other related works on loan from the British Museum, reflect the innovations initiated by Persian rule in the ancient near east.




12th Annual IAJF Gala Young Leadership Division After Party at the Empire Hotel
On Thursday November 7th, The Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York held its Young Leadership Division after Party at the Empire Hotel in celebration of the Federation's 12th Annual Gala held at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Over 250 guests enjoyed cocktails and specialty hors d'oeuvres while engaging with the Division's Leadership.

Hot off the Press --- Read what 'Guest of a Guest' had to say our event:
http://guestofaguest.com/new-york/events/12th-annual-iajf-gala-young-leadership-division-after-party

To browse pictures taken by 'Guest of a Guest' from that evening, you can click on the following link:
http://guestofaguest.com/new-york/galleries/2013/november/iajf-12th-ann-gala-young-leadership-division-after-party/

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