Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Top 20 Under 40 Los Angeles- Jocelyn Orloff

Jocelyn Orloff has made a career out of sharing her passion for Judaism and Israel with other young adults.

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: August 30th, 2012 in Culture » Society » Interviews

Top 20 Under 40 Los Angeles- Jocelyn Orloff

In celebration of Shalom Life’s new Los Angeles office, we have decided to take our popular “Top 20 Under 40” series on the road.

Over the next 20 days, Shalom Life will showcase 20 individuals of diverse talents and backgrounds that have made a significant contribution to their field both locally and globally. From entrepreneurs to philanthropists, entertainers to chefs, this list places a spotlight on a small sampling of the spectacular, innovative, and passionate Jews that call Los Angeles home.

Top 20 Under 40- Jocelyn Orloff

Age: 28

Jocelyn Orloff moved to Los Angeles a year ago from St. Louis to pursue her passion for bringing exciting and innovative community events and programs to young adults in their 20’s and 30’s.

Before moving to Los Angeles, Orloff was working as the director for BBYO, the world’s largest pluralistic Jewish youth movement. Having completed a Masters in Business Administration from Indiana University, a Masters in Jewish Liberal Studies and a Certificate in Informal Jewish Education from Hebrew College, Orloff has the unique blend of skills, knowledge, and education necessary to fuel the next generation of Jews to empower themselves and their community.

As the ATID Director at Sinai Temple, Orloff is responsible for organizing and facilitating 5 to 15 programs a month in the Los Angeles area, engaging thousands of young adults a year.

When asked to run us through a typical day in the life of Jocelyn Orloff, she replied, “To be completely honest, each day looks completely different for me and that is one of the reasons that I love what I do. Typically I work out in the morning and then go to the office where I spend time planning new programs, reaching out to young professionals who are new to the community, and working on the logistics for upcoming events. I volunteer weekly in the Pacific Palisades for BBYO but on other nights I am usually hanging out with friends or attending events in the Jewish community.”

Orloff has been involved in BBYO since high school, and continued volunteering for the organization when finished college. When the position for BBYO director opened in St. Louis, she jumped on the chance to work full-time in the Jewish community, and hasn’t looked back.

“I have continued my career in the Jewish community because of how rewarding I find it and I have been lucky to find positions that allow me to connect with others and help foster formative moments for the participants of my programs. “

Orloff hopes to continue working in the Jewish community for years to come, eventually founding her own organization.

“In 5 years I see myself continuing my work with community engagement and working on building networks in Los Angeles that help people connect through fun and meaningful experiences. In 20 years I would love to start my own organization, preferably a non-profit, or be an executive director of a non-profit organization. I am passionate about travel and working with people with special needs and would love to incorporate both of those passions into the mission of the organization I work for. “

Orloff understands the needs and interests of people within her demographic, constantly networking and brainstorming to discover ideas for programs that will excite the younger generation.

“We are looking to finds ways to expand our program offerings to truly serve the needs of young adults throughout the trajectory of their 20s and 30s. This includes having additional programs that are aimed at networking/mentorship, couples, chavurahs, young families, and singles. While we already offer many programs that fit into these categories we are looking to be more intentional and methodical about creating a calendar that is representative of all our participants.”

Orloff is an inspiration to her local Jewish community in Los Angeles and a motivator to young people the world over. Wanting to be remembered “as someone who demonstrated compassion and enthusiasm in everything she did,” Orloff is the perfect example of what can be accomplished if your heart and soul are in the right place.

Click over to Page 2 to learn some fun facts about Jocelyn Orloff!

 

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