Yechiel Hoffman brings significant experience and enthusiasm to his job as Executive Director of LimmudLA, building bridges throughout the Los Angeles Jewish community through volunteerism and cross-communal learning experiences. In his role, Yechiel empowers Jews of all ages to bring their passion and unique voices to the greater Jewish community while enriching their own personal Jewish journeys. For the past five years, Yechiel served as a Rabbi and experiential educator while teaching Jewish Studies at Milken Community High School in Los Angeles. During his tenure at Milken, Yechiel created the innovative Teens@LimmudLA presenters program, the Viral Judaism Project and the High School Jewish Futures Project & Conference. Prior to joining the faculty at Milken, Yechiel worked in the film industry, where he learned the power of storytelling, and as an activist for the increased inclusion of Jews from every background and every corner of the community.
Yechiel Hoffman empowers Jews to enrich their Jewish journeys through meaningful experiences. As a high school educator, Yechiel created the Teens@LimmudLA presenters program, the Viral Judaism Project and the High School Jewish Futures Project. Yechiel now serves as LimmudLA's Executive Director, connecting Jews through volunteerism and cross-communal learning experiences.
Emily Rich Camras
Emily Rich Camras is an award-winning graphic designer who established her own firm, specializing in creative visual communication for nonprofits and socially conscious companies. With a genuine love for learning, Emily has been enrolled in classes since she was, well, five years old. LimmudLA is a natural extension of her love for studying all things Jewish.
A banking attorney in the Calabasas law firm of Horgan, Rosen, Beckham & Coren LLP, Mel Aranoff has been active in the Los Angeles Jewish community for many years. He served on the Executive Committee for Adat Ari El with multiple portfolios, including serving as its Vice President for Administration, Religion and Formal and Informal Education. He also served on various committees for the Los Angeles Jewish Federation and on Board of Directors for the BJE.
2012 Conference Chair
Jodie Mendelson started volunteering with LimmudLA by updating signage for the 2010 Conference. With the organization’s support and her fellow volunteers’ mentorship, she co-chaired the Volunteer Development Team in 2011, and she is honored to be this year’s 2012 Conference Chair. Currently working at Puchlik Design Associates, a full-service architecture firm in Pasadena, CA, Jodie presented architecture-related sessions at the last two LimmudLA conferences, and she looks forward to presenting for the third year in a row! Her other interests include hiking, biking, and cooking for big groups of people, and one day, she hopes to kayak down the Los Angeles River.
A Jewish educator for 15 years, Todd Shotz is the founder of Hebrew Helpers. Todd is a proud volunteer, presenter and participant for LimmudLA, serving as a co-chair of the annual conference before currently serving on LimmudLA’s Board of Directors. He has held many leadership positions within the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’s entertainment division and Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Partnership overseeing the Film & TV Master Class. Todd is also a proud volunteer and member of JQ International, a social action and community building organization for LGBT Jews. In his spare time, Todd is a film, television, new media producer through his company Flying Monkeys Entertainment and serves as the Executive Vice-President of Spillwall Productions, based in both Canada and the US, in which he oversees production of children's entertainment projects for the company. Todd is a trained Storahtelling’s Maven Method™ and has been collaborating on its Raising The Bar curriculum.
Jeff Ward is a technical leader who loves to nurture the creativity and passion of engineers, while guiding them to technical and commercial success. At the world's foremost entrepreneurial space companies, his teams have rapidly and profitably delivered dozens of satellites, two launch vehicles and a space capsule. Jeff's love of Jewish learning was first sparked by Limmud events in the UK, and he "just happened" to arrive in LA the same year as LimmudLA. He knows that without volunteers there is no Limmud, and so he, his wife and his son have taken on many roles in the organization.