JVS Execs Jay Soloway and Randy H. Lapin Receive Awards

JVS congratulates Director of Education and Training Jay Soloway and Chief Philanthropy Officer Randy Lapin, both of whom have been honored with awards recognizing their contributions to their respective fields.

Soloway received the 2013 International Association of Jewish Vocational Services (IAJVS) Benjamin S. Loewenstein Award during the annual IAJVS Conference April 26 in Detroit.  Named after the former President of IAJVS, the Benjamin S. Loewenstein Award honors an IAJVS professional for making significant and noteworthy contributions to the field. Lapin will receive the Award for Professional Excellence in Fundraising from the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California (JCPP).

In his nearly eight years with JVS Los Angeles, Jay Soloway has been instrumental in the launch and expansion of BankWork$™ and the expansion of HealthWorks™ and WoMentoring, ™ three of the agency’s signature training and mentoring programs.  Under Soloway’s leadership, BankWork$™ - which trains individuals for a first-step career in the financial services industry – has graduated more than 600 participants. The program’s success – which includes an 85% placement rate and retention rates of 80% after six months along with a 2011 IAJVS Program Award – has already been replicated in Seattle, Washington.

HealthWorks,™ which trains people for entry level careers in the health care industry as Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) has graduated more than 350 participants and has expanded into the Antelope Valley. The WoMentoring™ Program which helps women who face personal and professional challenges, has nearly doubled its participants under Soloway’s guidance.

Soloway implemented the proprietary on-line job posting resource ParnossahWorksLA,™ which drove 635 job seekers to register and 230 employers to post nearly 1,500 positions in 2010. He has repositioned JVS’ Career Services Department to align more closely with the mission of the agency and secured new partnerships and funding from such agencies as Beit T’Shuvah, SOVA, Jewish Family Service, Heart of Los Angeles and Family Violence Project. He has helped identify and tap new revenue streams for the agency including foundations, the California Employment Training Panel, and significant corporate donations and recognition.

As the Chair of IAJVS’ Professional Development Committee, Soloway has established monthly conference calls focusing on professional development learning opportunities, and selected topics that are meaningful to the work conducted throughout the IAJVS network.

Since joining JVSLA, Randy Lapin has championed the expansion of the agency's services for veterans, the Scholarship Program, BankWork$™, HealthWorks™ and other sector initiatives within the communities that JVSLA serves. In 2013, he spearheaded the agency's participation in the JobRaising Challenge, a six week fundraising campaign with CrowdRise and the Huffington Post during which JVS raised $254,100, winning the $150,000 Grand Prize.

Lapin also led the re-dedication campaign of the JVS Wall of Honor. Lapin leveraged the opportunity to upgrade the new wall by contacting those donors who were on the cusp of attaining the next level of recognition status. Through his efforts, combined with the JobRaising Challenge campaign, JVS raised well over $200,000 in the first Quarter of 2013 alone.   

In addition, Lapin has helped the agency to diversify and expand revenue streams including the creation of a newly vitalized planned giving program – The JVS Legacy Society – a vibrant major gift donor program, which has produced an unprecedented volume and range of planned gifts. He has also coordinated with JVSLA’s Business Services division to partner on new relationships in the corporate community. 

Outside of JVSLA, Lapin has helped create a Best Practices Collaborative of IAJVS development staff across the U.S. and in Toronto and he is on the Executive Board of the Jewish Communal Professionals Association of Southern California.

Lapin will receive his award at the JCPSC Annual Awards Banquet Wednesday, June 12 at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel.