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Young Entertainment, Media & Communications Division

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This division welcomes young professionals in their 20s, 30s, and 40s in the entertainment, media, and communications industries. Young Entertainment offers a wide range of opportunities to interact with leading industry professionals through unique events, volunteer programs, and exclusive experiences. We invite you to join us to engage with your peers while supporting the remarkable work of UJA-Federation of New York.

Spotlight Circle

Spotlight Circle is the Young EMC Division’s premier giving circle, for donors who make a gift of $1,000 or more to UJA-Federation of New York’s annual campaign. Members are invited to attend Spotlight Circle Briefings, intimate industry gatherings with some of the most influential philanthropists in the entertainment, media, and communications industries. Spotlight Circle members also receive invitations to a variety of exclusive Entertainment Division events, and are welcome to attend other relevant UJA-Federation events where they can engage with young people from a variety of trade and affinity groups.

Spotlight Circle Briefings

Executive briefings provide an opportunity for the future leaders of the entertainment industry to meet with top media executives in an intimate setting. Learn more about speakers’ careers, philanthropy, and work-life balance. These briefings take place at least five times per year and are open to all Spotlight Circle members.

Past Spotlight Circle Speakers

  • Matthew C. Blank, Showtime
  • Andy Cohen, Bravo
  • Monte Lipman, Universal Republic Records
  • Julia Ormond, Actress
  • Richard Plepler, HBO
  • David J. Stern, NBA
  • Russell Wolff, ESPN

Young Entertainment, Media & Communications Executive Committee

The Young Entertainment, Media & Communications Executive Committee offers young entertainment professionals who have been involved with the division for at least one year a chance to make a deeper commitment. Executive Committee members create a rich UJA experience for themselves and others by developing and overseeing meaningful and fun industry events and volunteer activities, all with the purpose of engaging young entertainment professionals and gaining fundraising support for UJA-Federation of New York. Committee members make a donation of $1,200 or more to UJA-Federation’s annual campaign.

Jessica Abo; J.J. Schmuckler

Vice Chairs
Dan Feldstein; Shani Petroff

Committee Members
Harrie Bakst; Steve Beckman; Wendy Bronfein; Jared Friedman; Ilana Golant; Billy Goldberg; Adam Handman; Lauren Hendricks; Chloe Kent; Michael Klein; Evan Kraut; Allison Kronick; Marisa Lenger; Lee Lewittes; Elana Mandelup; Nikki Pepperman; Randi Pollack; Andrea Rosen; Matthew Salloway; Alyssa Sperber; Donna Spievak; Logan Steinhardt; Jeremy Strauss; Kathryn Yontef; Sam Zises

For More Information

Contact Courtney Cohen at 212.836.1693 or .

ELP events
Wednesday, December 2
7:00 pm
Young Lawyers & Friends Hanukkah Party
Friday, December 4
6:30 pm
Global Shabbat
Monday, December 7
5:00 pm
40th Anniversary of the Wall Street Dinner Honoring Steven A. Tananbaum and Andrew V. Rechtschaffen
Thursday, December 24
9:00 am
Winter Family Mission to Israel
Tuesday, January 12
12:15 pm
i3: A Summit for Women
Wednesday, January 27
8:00 pm
Young Lawyers After Dark
Thursday, February 4
8:30 pm
Generosity Signature Event