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2020 Gala



Gala 2020 Honoree Bios

List of 6 items.

  • Dr. Ora and CAPT Lance B. Gordon, USN (Ret.)

    Ora and Lance Gordon are the proud parents of two dTHS graduates, Jake ‘14 and Hannah ’17 and aunt and uncle to Caitlin Carroll ‘13 and Natalie Gordon ‘18.
     
    Lance is an international tax attorney, partner with Ernst & Young, and former adjunct faculty member at the USC Marshall School of Business. Lance was also a Captain (O6) in the US Navy Reserve for thirty years until his retirement in 2013.  He earned a Masters in Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College, was assigned to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Naval Special Warfare Command, Defense Intelligence Agency, US Pacific Command and the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies, among others with duty stations throughout the world. Following the terrorist attacks on 9/11, Lance was recalled to active duty as an NCIS officer-agent.  Lance’s last duty station was in Baghdad, Iraq in 2012 with the Office of Security Cooperation. 
     
    Ora, a physician, is a nationally recognized expert in hereditary cancer and Medical Director of the Center for Clinical Genetics & Genomics for Providence Health & Services, Southern California.  She is a Professor of Genetics at the John Wayne Cancer Institute and Associate Professor of Medicine at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine.
     
    Committed to the prevention of cancer and Jewish genetic diseases, Ora is the co-author of an award winning book for women facing genetic risk for breast or ovarian cancer, called Positive Results: making the best decisions when at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Passionate about the holistic approach to medicine, she more recently completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine and created and directs a unique cancer survivors wellness program, called Thrivorship.  She has been named to Los Angeles Magazine’s Top Doctors list for years.
     
    Both Ora and Lance have been avid supporters of dTHS for the past decade.  Lance has been a member of the Board of Directors for several years and is currently the Board Secretary. Ora has been a regular lecturer in the Biology and Medical Ethics courses as well as for the Science Colloquium.  She was the wrestling and swim team parent coordinator for four years, and they both have served as past Gala Co-Chairs.
  • Kellie and Jeffrey Singer

    Kellie and Jeffrey Singer are dTHS alumni parents and passionate supporters of Jewish education. Their commitment to Jewish values and our community have inspired their leadership and generosity. 
     
    Kellie has been a member of the dTHS Board of Directors since 2016. She currently serves as Vice President of Community Affairs. In previous years, Kellie has volunteered as a Parent Docent, worked at The JagShack and was Co-Chair of the dTHS Gala in 2015 and 2016. She is involved in Connecting with Moms, a division of Connecting a Caring Community, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes women to raise funds and provide relief to those most in need. Currently, Kellie volunteers at LA Family Housing and Beit T’Shuvah. 
     
    For the past 5 years, Jeffrey has partnered with Aish LA’s JMI division and Momentum to lead over 120 Jewish men on a mission to Israel. The goal of this mission is to empower men to discover how to connect more deeply with themselves, their families, and their communities. Jeffrey was Vice-President at Congregation Or Ami and a Board Member of Shane’s Inspiration, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create social inclusion for children with disabilities through the creation of inclusive playgrounds and educational programs that unite children of all abilities. 
     
    The Singers are devoted advocates for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They are deeply connected to ETTA, an organization that provides programs and services to enable people with disabilities to live fully enriched, independent and active lives. 
     
    Most importantly, Kellie and Jeffrey are the proud parents of three daughters, Emily (’15), Rylee (’18) and Sophie. Their greatest desire is to provide their children a legacy of tzedaka and opportunities for future generations.
  • Andrea Sonnenberg

    Andrea Sonnenberg works tirelessly to improve and support her community. 
     
    After practicing law for many years and having children of her own, Andrea realized her true calling was to help children. She began by leading her daughter’s Brownie and Girl Scout troops. She then joined forces with her then teenage daughter to form a club for girls from underserved communities, to instill in them a love of learning and strength of self and joined the Advisory Board of the Para Los Ninos charter school. She also used her legal skills to help unaccompanied child immigrants escaping abuse and neglect in their country of origin gain legal residency.
     
    These experiences offered Andrea a firsthand look at the impact she could have on literacy and self-esteem through commitment to these students in a positive and safe environment, with a high mentor to student ratio. Andrea co-founded and is CEO of Wise Readers to Leaders, providing summer literacy and camp activities to underserved youth on five campuses, while galvanizing the Jewish community to live its values.
     
    Andrea served on the dTHS Board of Directors from 2012-2015 and was passionately involved with its Musical Theatre program in support of her son, Bradley z”l, who graduated in the Class of 2014.  She serves as Chair of the Board of Wise Readers to Leaders, Chair of the Board of USC Hillel, and Co-Chair of the Legal Network of the Jewish Federation. She also serves on the Board of the Jewish Community Foundation and has served on the Executive Boards of both Curtis School and Harvard-Westlake School Parents’ Associations.
     
    Andrea and her family created and fund the annual Bradley Sonnenberg Creative Senior award given each year to a dTHS graduating senior who has excelled in the arts and worked in support of our community, named in memory of Brad. 
     
    Andrea graduated cum laude from the USC Marshall School of Business in finance and received her JD from Loyola Law School. 
  • Bobby Shane, ‘09: 1LT, 304th ESB and 10th CAB, US Army

    After graduating from NCJHS (dTHS) in 2009, Bobby Shane continued his education receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to serve 3.5 years in the United States Army as a Signal Officer working as a Platoon Leader for the 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB) located in Camp Humphreys, South Korea and a Battalion Communications Officer for the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) in Fort Drum, New York. After completing his military contract, he earned his M.S. in Computer Science at the University of Southern California and currently works as a web developer for Booz Allen Hamilton.
  • Max Levin, '11: First Sergeant, Gadsar Tzanhanim, IDF

    After his 2011 graduation from NCJHS (dTHS), Max moved to Israel on the Young Judea gap year program where he served as a trained medic on Magen David Adom ambulances for 6 months. After the experience, Max made aliyah with the Garin Tzabar program and joined the Israel Defense Forces in December 2012. There he enlisted into the Gadsar Tzanhanim where he served in Operation Protective Edge in 2014. He received the equivalent of an Israeli Purple Heart from, at the time, Chief of Staff Benjamin Gantz and he and his team received an award for excellence for their performance in the Operation from the head of the special forces paratroopers division at the time, Lieutenant Colonel Yaron Sharoni. After finishing his army service, Max came back to the U.S. and attended Columbia University where he studied financial economics and graduated with the honors of Cum Laude in 2019. Max is currently working at JPMorgan Chase, finishing the publication process for his book Under the Stretcher and working to start a financial education company titled Learning Alpha.
  • Grant Levy, '16: MIDN, Naval Academy

    Grant Levy ’16 is graduating from the Unites States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland with the Class of 2020. In May of 2016, before graduating from de Toledo High School, he was presented with a Certificate of Accomplishment for his selection to the Academy. This prestigious offer of appointment is granted to only 1200 students from a pool of 17,000 applicants annually – students with exemplary academic achievements, high moral character, athletic ability, leadership qualities, and community service involvement. Grant’s most memorable moment at the academy was on August 21, 2018 when he signed his “2 for 7” agreement, representing the long-term decision to devote the next seven years to the Navy.

18 YEARS CHAI 2002-2020



Located in the San Fernando Valley portion of the City of Los Angeles in Northern Los Angeles County. de Toledo High School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Builders of Jewish Education (BJE,) and financially supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jim Joseph Foundation.