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Networking, Jewish Style

The Orange County Jewish community has two Jewish business networking groups designed to facilitate communication and learning.
The Jewish Business Network (JBN), which meets every month on the first Tuesday at noon, at the Samueli Jewish Campus in Irvine, is a very friendly, informal forum where business and professional people can network with and meet others in the Orange County Jewish Community.  The group helps people to promote their business and make referrals to other members, to learn important information from each month’s featured speaker and to make new friends.
The cost is $18 for a kosher lunch from Blueberry Hill Catering.  There is a special discounted annual membership rate, with associated benefits.  Reservations are a must by the prior Monday at 10 a.m.  Register on www.meetup.com (search jewish business network, in Orange County, to register) or at (949) 250-9990 or at jwwilk@cox.net.
On November 1 Rabbi Moshe Engel will speak to JBN on “Positive Thinking, a Recipe for a Happier and More Productive Life.”  Rabbi Engel has been a first grade teacher at Hebrew Academy for more than 40 years and is also founder of Camp Gan Israel, the largest Jewish day camp in southern California.  Rabbi Engel runs a campership fund to help more than 100 children who otherwise could not afford to attend the camp.  Rabbi Engel also works with and organizes events for Hillel in OC and at CSU Long Beach.  Three years ago, the Jewish Federation sponsored the “National Jewish Hero” contest, in which Rabbi Engel drew the fifth highest number of Facebook votes.
Rabbi Engel’s talk will include two powerful stories that bring positive thinking to the fore. He will differentiate between aggravation and troubles and how to avoid toxic people.
Jewish Business Connections (JBC) of South OC meets on the first Wednesday of every month at Chabad Jewish Center of Mission Viejo, 24041 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo.  It offers schmoozing, learning from business experts, finding new opportunities, making business connections, networking within a safe and friendly community and growing one’s business.  There is a speaker, followed by networking circles and a talk by Rabbi Zalman Marcus on the kabbalah of business.  Light refreshments are served.
On November 2 at 6 p.m. there will be a short business presentation: “Move Your Presentation Attendees to Paying Clients.”  Attendees will learn a simple system that makes moving one’s presentation attendees to paying clients.  Organizers claim it is easy and offers real tips participants can use to get clients right away.  The speaker is Andy Pais, a public speaking and presentation coach at Coaching Credibility.
The cost is $10 with a special member rate available.  RSVP on meetup.com or get on the mailing list by contacting Alexandra L. Kaplan, MBA, SPHR, Business Consltant, Mark Kamin and Associates, at (310)922-6871 or a.kaplan@mka-world.com.

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  1. I like that JBN is more of an informal get-together. Networking should be about making connections within the Jewish community. It shouldn’t be too high pressure. I also really like that they offer seminars. It is a business network, after all. It should be there to help your business. So, to me, it sounds like it has a great mixture of a casual environment with real learning and improvement opportunities.


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