Senior Development Professionals Retreat 2023


Generously sponsored by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles and the Alvin Segal Family Foundation


Registration Closed
Past Event
Registration Fees:
Prizmah Network schools $440 per person
Non-network schools $550 per person
Canadian Prizmah Network schools $330 US per person
Canadian non-network schools $412.30 US per person (Code: CADNON)


The registration system will automatically determine whether or not your school has joined the Prizmah Network, and will charge the appropriate price for all US schools and for Canadian Prizmah Network schools. Participants from Canadian Non-network schools should use the discount code CADNON to activate Canadian non-network school pricing.

Alexandra Kadoche, Danny Spiegel, Jake Davidson, Nurit Robin, Philip de Toledo, Rebecca Steinberg, Richard Sandler, Ronette Throne, Shira Garber Strosberg, Mandi Miller, Stephanie Bash-Soudry
Development Professionals
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Tuesday, July 11, 2023 - Thursday, July 13, 2023 // 22 - 24 Tamuz 5783

Hosted at Milken Community School (Los Angeles, California)

Join the 7th annual Senior Development Professionals Retreat hosted at Milken Community School in Los Angeles, California. This intentionally designed experience will provide you with the opportunity to network, collaborate and learn from one another in meaningful, thought-provoking ways. Deepen your connection to a community of colleagues with powerful learning and practical conversations. Together with your peers, explore ideas that work and innovative approaches that you can bring back and apply to your own school and community.

In-person learning and networking is invaluable and amplifies the work of our schools and the field of day school fundraising. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to spend time together again this summer and bring the retreat to the west coast!

This program is open to veteran school-based development professionals, which we often categorize as someone with 8 or more years of fundraising experience. If you are interested in the retreat but have fewer than 8 years of experience, please be in touch with Traci Reisberg.

Program Outline

To make the most out of this experience, please plan on participating in-person for the entire retreat.

Our program will begin at 1:00 PM PT on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 and end at 11:00 AM PT on Thursday, July 13, 2023.

In addition to the retreat program, several Los Angeles-area Jewish day schools have offered to host optional tours. These visits will be offered in the morning before the retreat starts on Tuesday, July 11, and in the afternoon after the retreat ends on Thursday, July 13. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity to visit other schools, please make your flight plans accordingly. Optional tour participants will be responsible for their own transportation to the school(s) they are visiting. More details about the school visits will be available soon.

A detailed program schedule will be shared soon.

Meals and Snacks

Your registration fee includes a light lunch and dinner on Tuesday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Wednesday and breakfast and a to-go lunch on Thursday.  Snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the retreat.

All food served at the Senior Development Professionals Retreat will be strictly kosher. More information about the catering arrangements and kosher supervision will be made available to participants in advance of the gathering.

Hotel and Travel Information

For your convenience, Prizmah has arranged a block of hotel rooms at The Courtyard by Marriott Sherman Oaks (15433 Ventura Blvd) at a reduced rate of $219 per night, available on a first-come-first-served basis until June 10, 2023. Click here to book your room directly.

If you are flying into Los Angeles, LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) to MIlken Community School can be anywhere from a 30-60 minute trip, traffic dependent. BUR (Hollywood Burbank Airport) is another option. Travel from BUR to the school can take between 20-45 minutes.

Covid Safety

Prizmah prioritizes the health and safety of our community. With the announcement of the end of the national emergency, Prizmah has updated our Covid policies.

We continue to be guided by CDC recommendations for individuals to be fully vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19; however, we will not be requiring vaccinations for participants to attend Prizmah gatherings. We will continue to review safety factors as needed. Decisions will be made in consultation with Prizmah’s medical advisors and current guidance from health authorities. We may request or require additional protocols if the health situation changes as we get closer to the event date.

If you feel sick, we ask that you stay home. If you develop any signs of illness while at the gathering, you will be asked to isolate yourself from other participants.

If you have questions about our Covid safety protocols, please reach out to Daniel Infeld at [email protected] or 646-975-2834.

Presenters and Transformational Giving Panel

Stephanie Bash-Soudry
Director of Institutional Advancement

Stephanie is the Director of Institutional Advancement at Golda Och Academy (GOA) in West Orange, NJ, formerly Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union where she leads the school’s endowment, capital and annual fundraising and alumni relations programs. She has been a professional leader in the Jewish community for over 25 years.  In addition to GOA, she has held roles at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest and Jewish Family Service of MetroWest. Stephanie has degrees from the Columbia University School of Social Work, JTS and Brown University. She is passionate about the importance of nurturing future Jewish leaders and is the very proud parent of three Golda Och academy alumni.

Jake Davidson

Jake graduated from Milken in 2013. After Milken, he attended USC on a full tuition merit Mork Family Scholarship. He received a B.S. in Accounting from USC, and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California. After receiving his Bachelors, he attended the UCLA School of Law as a Deans Scholar and graduated with a J. D. Professionally, he runs his own investment management business, Davidson Kahn Capital Management. Outside of work, he is involved with AIPAC and USC. He cares deeply about the future of Israel, as well as Jewish culture and education.

Philip de Toledo
de Toledo

Philip is a non-profit lay leader. Phil is chair of the board of directors of the Birthright Israel Foundation, chair of the board of directors of the Skirball Cultural Center, a Jewish cultural center in Los Angeles and a member of the Jewish Graduate Student Initiative advisory board, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) National Council and the AIPAC Los Angeles Valley Executive Committee. He is a former member of the boards of de Toledo High School (board chair), Wilshire Boulevard Temple (finance committee chair) and The Buckley School (finance committee chair).

Phil retired from The Capital Group Companies, Inc. at the end of 2020 after a 34-year career. Capital Group is a leading asset management firm serving individual investors, financial intermediaries and institutions around the world through a broad range of investment services that include the American Funds, one of the largest U.S. mutual fund families. Phil was president (2006 to July 2020) and a member of the management committee and the board. Earlier in his career, he served as the principal financial officer. Prior to joining Capital Group, he was a tax manager with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells. He received his BA in economics (summa cum laude) from the University of California Los Angeles.

Philip lives in Sherman Oaks with his wife. They have two sons, one living in Los Angeles and one in Israel.

Shira Garber Strosberg
Garber Strosberg
Director of Enrollment and Advancement

Shira is currently the Director of Enrollment and Advancement at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, where she has held positions over the past 12 years in communications, marketing, admissions and development. Shira serves on Schechter’s senior leadership team and is responsible for overseeing the fundraising efforts for the Schechter’s annual campaign of $1.4M and other major gifts, as well as the admission and attrition prevention initiatives for the school’s 440 students. Shira is also a founder and administrator of the Facebook group, Jewish Families of Greater Boston, now with close to 7,000 members.

Alexandra Kadoche
Director of Development

With 18 years of nonprofit experience, Alexandra is an accomplished fundraising professional who has led multi-channel campaigns, events and has exceptional relationships within the Jewish community. Alexandra formerly held the positions of Development Director at Sinai Akiba Academy in Los Angeles, and the Real Estate Division Director at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, where she developed successful strategies for effective fundraising and skillfully partnered with top professionals and volunteers. She graduated from University of California, San Diego. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband Yaniv and their three children.

Mandi Miller
Director of Institutional Advancement

Mandi Miller is the Director of Institutional Advancement for Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and Congregation. She has been at Beth Tfiloh for over eighteen years, and in her role oversees all development efforts within the Beth Tfiloh Community including the upcoming Centennial Campaign, Annual Campaign, Capital/Endowment Campaign, Annual Spotlight Scholarship Event, Planned Giving, Alumni Development and works closely with the School’s Board of Trustees. In her elevated role as Director of IA, she convenes the external relations departments to establish and further advance the strategic priorities of the institution. She earned her MBA with a concentration in Non-Profit Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to working at Beth Tfiloh, Mandi worked in both the Women’s and Campaign Departments of The Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Mandi takes great pride in being a part of a Jewish Day School Senior Development Directors Networking Group from which she gains tremendous value. She and her husband Brett gratefully send their 2 children Spencer and Emma to Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School.

Nurit Robin

Nurit, an attorney, is actively involved in building and sustaining Jewish life in Los Angeles. Nurit currently serves on the Milken Community School Board of Trustees, Los Angeles Regional Board of the ADL and on the ADL National Commission. She is a member of the Los Angeles Jewish Community Foundation Board of Trustees. Nurit is a former Board member of the BJE (Builders of Jewish Education), Valley Shalom (VBS) Synagogue Board of Directors, VBS Day School Board of Trustees and served as Chair of the VBS Day School Endowment. Nurit is a graduate of Syracuse University and received her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law, where she was a member of Law Review. She is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation. Nurit and her husband, Richard, are committed to Israel and devoted to strengthening Jewish education in Los Angeles. Nurit and Richard have three daughters: Eliana, Yonit and Maya.

Richard Sandler

Richard is the current chair of the Milken Board of Trustees. He is the Executive Vice President of the Milken Family Foundation and Partner in the law firm Maron & Sandler. Richard’s volunteer background includes the Immediate Past Chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, a member of the UCLA Law School Dean Advisory Board and a member of the Boards of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Milken Institute. Richard is deeply committed to a Jewish future based on the values of the Torah. In his spare time, Richard enjoys exercising and playing golf.

Danny Spiegel
Associate Head of School for External Relations

Danny is currently the associate head of school for external relations at Milken Community School, where he leads fundraising, admissions, marketing/communications, and alumni relations. Earlier, he was in a similar role at Sinai Akiba Academy, having served as the advancement director for three years. Before entering the world of Jewish education, Danny worked in college athletics as the director of development and associate athletic director for major gifts at California State University, Northridge. He started his career at Columbia University as assistant athletics director for sports marketing.

Rebecca Steinberg
Director of Major Gifts

Rebecca is the Director of Major Gifts at Milken Community School. Her work is focused on identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gifts as well as stewarding key donor relationships and helping to design strategies to surpass Milken’s annual fund and capital campaign goals. Prior to joining the team at Milken, Rebecca was a committed lay leader within the Jewish day school community and is entering her 10th year serving on the Board of Trustees at Valley Beth Shalom Day School. Rebecca has been involved in many aspects of the board having served as the V.P. for Advancement, Development Committee Chair, and as a member of the Strategic Planning, Marketing and Recruitment Committees. Rebecca holds a Masters degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.A. from the University of Rochester and is a graduate of Akiba Hebrew Academy (now known as Barrack Hebrew Academy) outside of Philadelphia, PA. Rebecca loves spending time with her husband and three kids and developing her cheese board-making skills, but in reality, spends most of her free time shuttling her kids around to playdates and baseball & soccer fields in and around Los Angeles.

Ronette Throne
Chief Development Officer

Ronette is the Chief Development Officer at the Epstein School in Atlanta, Georgia. She has served in this role for the past nine years (she is a proud alum of the Epstein School Class of 1984). Prior to Epstein, she worked at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta for 14 years in various capacities, including VP of Planning and Allocations and VP of the Community Campaign. Ronette holds a B.A. from the University of Georgia in Political Science with a minor in Jewish Studies and International Relations. She received her M.S.W  from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, focusing on Jewish Communal Social Work, and is FEREP Scholarship Recipient from JFNA (formerly UJC). Ronette and her husband Adam live in Atlanta and have two children, Hannah (an Epstein Graduate, Class of 2022) and Jonah. Ronette is passionate about impacting and securing future generations of Jewish leaders.