Eileen Aroesti has been raising funds in both large umbrella organizations (Federation and United Way) and smaller boutique organizations (American Red Magen David for Israel (ARMDI) and synagogues) for over 30 years.
Her Israeli parents were active in her synagogue throughout her childhood, and she considered her temple her second home, where most of her outside activities took place including dance, theatre and United Synagogue Youth (USY). A camper at Alonim and a graduate of Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI), Eileen embraced Jewish life. When it came time to decide if she should pursue her love of acting and dance, or move forward in her love of Judaism, she chose a career working in the Jewish community.
Fundraising chose her when applying for a job at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and her first foray into the Jewish world was working in Women’s Division/Conference as a fundraiser. It was a natural fit and Eileen never looked back.
Synagogues captured Eileen and her work raising funds in both conservative and reform synagogues has been successful and rewarding. Eileen was at the forefront in the creation of the Harold M. Schulweis Institute at Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) where $2.1 million dollars were raised at one gala honoring Rabbi Schulweis; she took their Endowment fund from $350,000 to over $10 million and she created a Planned Giving Department at both VBS and Temple Judea. Additionally she instituted a complete underwriting platform for all events at Temple Judea.
After 30 years of working as a development professional employed by one non-profit at a time, it was time to begin the work of helping many and sharing what she has learned. Although she could consult in many arenas, it is synagogues that have taken her heart and where she felt she could do the most good. A true fighter, Eileen will ensure your synagogue can arrive at its full financial potential, incorporating both traditional and out of the box thinking.
In Eileen’s spare time she volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association, enjoys theatre and film and is learning the joys of watching basketball!
Eric began his career working in publishing after graduating in 1998 with a degree in history from Arizona State University and post graduate work in Marketing and Graphic Design from Skidmore College . As an assistant and then associate in the Marketing Department for Prentice Hall/Pearson Education he worked with others to develop a multitude of graphical campaigns used to promote textbooks for educators and students in all levels of learning. He then moved from publishing to the non-profit world and began working for the New York County Lawyers’ Association, as the lead Marketing and Communications point person for the Bar Association. There, he worked to outline and develop an overall social media platform and presence, as well as head the Marketing/Graphics and Communication for their Legal Education Department.
Diligently working at the association for many years, he realized that a change was needed and in 2009 Eric moved to Los Angeles to become the lead Graphic Designer and later, Communications Director for Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue in Encino, California. Here, he worked with the internal staff to develop and implement a marketing strategy to further promote the synagogue and what it has to offer to the greater community. Again, an active social media platform was implemented, as well as numerous graphical and video advertising campaigns to promote services.
Since 2015, in addition to freelance project work with various entertainment companies, he has worked as an instructor in Social Media, Graphic Design and Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM).
Tracy Lynch Britton
Tracy is a writer/director with over 25 years of experience in TV and film. The first and only female to have directed Baywatch, Tracy enjoyed writing/directing six years on America’s Most Wanted, five seasons of Dr. Phil, directing on Melrose Place and spearheading two original pilots for Fox to name a few.
Having worked on a varied and challenging variety of projects, her most emotionally rewarding pieces to date were making personal, celebratory documentaries for synagogues. The 60thAnniversary of Israel and The 30thAnniversary of the Harold M. Schulweis Day School are just a few of the documentaries she has written and directed, collaborating closely with both lay leaders and professional staff.
Making films that are an opportunity to showcase and honor outstanding landmarks in history, organizations, charities, schools, and extraordinary people always will be something Tracy will be passionate about!
Synagogue life has played an important role in Danit’s life as she spent her formative years in Jewish youth groups and summer camps and grew up in the world of synagogues, as her father has been Executive Director of Congregation Neveh Shalom synagogue in Portland Oregon since 2001. After going on Nativ, United Synagogue’s gap year program for Jewish high school graduates, she moved to Los Angeles and attended American Jewish University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and her Masters of Business Administration with a focus in nonprofit management.
Since 2010 Danit has worked in synagogues and Jewish and secular non-profits in various capacities. She excels in working with Excel spreadsheets and thrives in the organizational skills of fundraising and administration. She has experience in planning and executing events to working on budgets and spreadsheets.
She now resides in Portland, with her wife, Candace and their toddler daughter, Havi. In Danit’s spare time she enjoys bowling, binge watching Netflix and spending time with her family.
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