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Young Entertainment, Media & Communications Division

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UJA-Federation of New York’s Young Entertainment, Media & Communications Division welcomes young professionals in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Join a community of emerging leaders at high-profile events, stimulating programs, and a rich variety of opportunities — all in support of the remarkable, lifesaving work of UJA-Federation of New York.

Spotlight Circle

Spotlight Circle is the Young EMC Division’s exclusive giving circle. In gratitude for your contribution of $1,000 or more to UJA-Federation of New York’s annual campaign, you’ll be invited to intimate industry briefings with some of the most influential philanthropists in the entertainment, media, and communications industries, be invited to participate in the Entertainment, Media, & Communications Division's Jewish Learning Series, and receive invitations to a variety of exciting events. Spotlight Circle members are also welcome to attend other Emerging Leaders and Philanthropists Divisions events, including Generosity, Young Professional Women, and others.

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

  • Ellen Archer, Hyperion
  • Matthew C. Blank, Showtime
  • Debora Cahn, Producer, Grey’s Anatomy
  • Greg Clayman, News Corporation
  • Andy Cohen, Bravo
  • Michael D. Fricklas, Viacom
  • Jane Friedman, Open Road Integrated Media
  • Gary Ginsberg, Time Warner Cable
  • Joel Beckman
  • Jim Gold, Singer/Songwriter
  • Charles Goldstuck, TouchTunes Corporation
  • Bill Hemmer, Fox News
  • Matthew Hiltzik, Hiltzik Strategies
  • Jason Hirschhorn, Media ReDEFined
  • Rick Krim, VH1
  • Michael Lewittes, Gossip Cop Media
  • Monte Lipman, Universal Republic Records
  • Darcy Miller Nussbaum, Martha Stewart Living
  • Julia Ormond, Actress
  • Richard Plepler, HBO
  • Russell Simmons, Rush Communications
  • David J. Stern, NBA
  • Bill Werde, Billboard
  • Julie Swidler, Sony Music Entertainment
  • Russell Wolff, ESPN
  • Ken Yaffe, Yaffe Sports Ventures LLC
  • David Young, Hachette Book Group
  • Gary Zenkel, NBC Olympics

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, YouTube Creator; J.J. Schmuckler, Interlude; Alyssa Sperber, Olson

Vice Chairs
Dan Feldstein, Jun Group; Shani Petroff, Author & Fox 5

Committee Members
Harrie Bakst,Weinstein Carnegie Philanthropic Group; Steve Beckman, YouTube; Wendy Bronfein; Jared Friedman, SimilarWeb; Ilana Golant, NBCUniversal News Group; William Goldberg, Paper Street Films; Adam Handman, Ooyala; Lauren Hendricks, NBA; Michael Klein, MAXX Sports & Entertainment; Evan Kraut, MRY; Allison Kronick, Google; Marisa Lenger, Venturer Travel; Lee Lewittes, Fox News Channel; Elana Mandelup, AMC Networks; Nikki Pepperman, Fox & Friends; Randi Pollack, A+E Networks; Andrea Rosen, HarperCollins Publishers; Matthew Salloway; Donna Spievak, William Morris Endeavor; Jeremy Strauss, HBO; Kathryn Yontef, Microsoft; Sam Zises, [L]earned Media

For More Information

Contact Courtney Cohen at 212.836.1693 or .

ELP events
Thursday, October 8
7:00 pm
A Night of Insta-Impact
Tuesday, October 13
7:00 pm
Setting the Bar Kickoff
Thursday, October 22
6:00 pm
Women's Philanthropy Panel Night
Tuesday, October 27
6:30 pm
Twenty-Minute Master Class: Sessions With Five Industry Leaders
Wednesday, November 4
8:00 am
Millennials and Beyond: A Panel Discussion
Saturday, November 14
9:00 pm
Sunday, November 15
11:45 am
Family Fun Day
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
1:30 pm
i3: A Summit for Women
Thursday, February 11
9:00 am
Emerging Leaders & Philanthropists Mission to Morocco