Younes and Soraya Nazarian sign Y&S Nazarian Iranian Young Leadership Initiative agreement as fellow leaders look on
Our Federation is committed to engaging all young adults in order to build and lead a vibrant Jewish community for the future. To that end, we are proud to partner with the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation in the creation of the Y&S Nazarian Iranian Young Leadership Initiative, made possible with grants from the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation and the Jewish Community Foundation.
“The family is thrilled,” shared President of the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation Dr. Sharon S. Nazarian. “We believe in a future in which the various Jewish communities of Los Angeles come together with understanding and shared commitment.”
Launched in May, the Initiative will ensure that Iranian young adults become informed about and engaged in this community. The goal is that hundreds of young Persian adult leaders become connected to the work of the Federation and that of the greater Jewish community. “We look forward to weaving the energy and vibrant culture of the Iranian Jewish community into our Federation’s work to create long-lasting impact in Los Angeles,” said Federation’s President & CEO Jay Sanderson.
The result of three years of side-by-side work with the Foundation, the Initiative will create enhanced programming and engagement. A full-time Federation professional is now dedicated to making one-on-one connections with Person young adults. This staff member will oversee Federation-offered opportunities for cross-cultural leadership and involvement. An advisory committee of Iranian leaders chaired by Avid Shooshani and Jonathan Elist is steering and helping expand the necessary support for the Initiative.
“We thank the Nazarian family for their passionate partnership and generosity,” Sanderson continued. “We anticipate a transformed Iranian young adult community with leaders sharing skills and taking active leadership roles within our larger community.”
To learn more, please contact Donna Maher at (323) 761-8154 or DMaher@JewishLA.org.