Get to know the team! They're dedicated to revolutionizing prayer and making your High Holidays as relatable and relevant as ever. Make sure to introduce yourself!
Rabbi/ Spiritual Guide
Mendel co-founded YJP Los Angeles in 2012, in an attempt to create a community that he couldn't quite find. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Mendel studied at Rabbinic School in Israel, Budapest and New York. Having dabbled in the study of psychology and relationships around the world, Mendel has a serious penchant for people. When he's not counseling couples or officiating weddings, Mendel spends his time hiking the local hills - sparking inspiration for creating new and unique platforms and opportunities for young Jewish professionals to connect with each other and their heritage. Mendel lives in Hancock Park with his wife Rachey and their four children. Let's just say he's finally found that community he was looking for. It's YJP LA.
Hasidic Feminist/ Spiritual Activist
In co-founding YJP LA with her husband Mendel, Rachey sought to bring a new vitality to the lives of the young Jewish women around her. There seemed to be plenty of local traditional Judaism in LA, but much of it was missing the life and the energy behind all those customs. Born in Ohio and raised in Chicago, this thoroughly midwestern girl truly believed that if you build it, they will come. And did they ever! From Rachey's Loaves of Love challah baking classes to women's night outs, to crowding around her family Shabbos table to enjoy her beloved home cooking, and partake in the joys that come from experiencing Shabbat with their four young children, young Jewish professionals have been joining their extended family community by the dozens. And lots of them, for a side of Rachey's no-fail spitfire feminine wisdom!
Hasidic Feminist/ Spiritual Activist
Menucha has been putting the practice of kabbalah to practical use for years, altering outlooks and attitudes of her own life and those around her through some basic soulful steps she's learned while studying spirituality in Israel. As a single mother, Menucha spends her working hours doing freelance branding and marketing for grassroots business start-ups and writing creative short copy for companies looking to pivot and trend, as well as supporting and promoting the advancement of women through network and community. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time in nature and hiking with her two young daughters, seeking out new stomping grounds in and around LA.
Directors of good vibes
The YJP Acapella group was formed in 2015 in an effort to heighten the connection of people to prayer and inject some serious soul into the High Holiday experience. From nostalgic notes, familiar from childhood, to freshly-written spine-chilling choruses, the lyrical accompaniment of human harmonies inspire the senses and uplift the spirit in an unparalleled melodic manifestation.
Aron was born into music, to his father - both an acclaimed Australian Chazan and musician, and his mother - a musician and composer. Raised in Sydney, Aron sang in his father's synagogue choir from the early age of five. After galavanting the globe in an exploration of ethnic music, Aron moved to LA three years ago bringing with him the edge he had acquired, and channeling the choir charm to work some YJP services magic!
Black Tie Kids is a wedding and events camp for kids. They will provide holiday appropriate crafts, games, and activities on site in a separate area at The Jeremy for all kids attending services with their parents. Black Tie Kids founder, Mollie Yarsike, will be present and is CPR and First Aid Certified. Email us to register your child (firstname.lastname@example.org).