Making the Connection

1116lawyerJonathan Gerber was born and raised in La Jolla, California, but now calls Orange County home.  As an active member of the community, Jonathan sits on the Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County’s NextGen Executive Committee, and is the Vice Chair of Engagement & Retention.  “Over two years before becoming partners, Jonathan and I were introduced by the Chair of NextGen, Lisa Grier. Shortly thereafter, at a Solomon Society Supper Club dinner, Jonathan and my dad engaged in a long conversation about their legal practices.  Jonathan and I became good friends and resources to one another, both professionally and communally, and I could tell it was only a matter of time until we would be joining forces,” Adam Miller, partner.  As of May 2016 Jonathan is now a Partner of the Newport Beach based firm of Miller Miller Menthe LLP. Jonathan’s practice focuses on tort, commercial, real estate and business litigation.

I recently had the chance to speak with him to find out a little more about the connections he’s made through JFFS and the NextGen Department. 

How did you get connected to Adam Miller and JFFS? My wife, Kendra, and I moved to Orange County from San Diego – almost three years ago for work and didn’t really know anyone.  I contacted JFFS and they introduced me to the Solomon Society.  At the first event, I met Adam Miller, who a couple years before, moved back to Orange County from New York, and started a law firm called Miller Miller Menthe.  I became more involved and was eventually elected to the NextGen Executive Board where I have served with Adam for two years.  Adam and  our relationship grew on the board, and effective May 1, 2016, I joined his firm as a partner.  It is a great story of how JFFS brought us together and became a large part of our professional and social lives.

The Jewish community and JFFS brought you two together- would you recommend the networking events or social events to others? Absolutely! It’s helped me get where I am today. I encourage my peers to attend NextGen’s engagement opportunities like Party with a Passion and networking events hosted by Macher’s Mark to meet like-minded people. You never know what will come from it. For me, it was a great group of friends, business contacts and career advancement.

You and your wife are expecting, Mazel Tov! What hopes do you have for your future son as you further involve yourself with the OC Jewish community? I certainly want to teach him that the Jewish community is an important and incredible resource—it creates a life for you. Just by attending a few events you can build lifelong friendships. Not to mention, we are anxiously awaiting our first PJ Library book which will arrive when he’s six months old. We’re also looking forward to participating in fun Shalom Family community activities.

For more information about how you can get involved with NextGen OC at JFFS, please visit our website:
JewishOC.org/NextGen.  

Tanya Schwied graduated from New York University, studied abroad in Israel, and currently works for the CEO and President of Jewish Federation & Family Services. 

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