Aryeh Avraham Rifkin is the Founder and President of JACLA – the Jewish Activities Center of Los Angeles. Aryeh is a highly creative entrepreneur with more than 28 years of experience in identifying and penetrating under-served markets.
An expert in growing industry disruptive brands, his career focus has been mortgage banking, Architecture and Real Estate development. He founded the official lender for the Alta Vista Search Engine originating as much as $360,000,000 in a single month, and was hired as CEO for 1st Nations fostering its growth to become one of the largest mortgage banks on the Eastern seaboard of the United States. Self-taught in Architecture, Aryeh created blueprints for more than 100 homes and commercial properties (http://sksi.com/designs-plans/) and flipped about 90 properties.
Aryeh moved to the Pico community in October 2014 to be closer to his son and opened a technology company called Social Dashboard. He saw the community was greatly under served without a community center and dedicated the next 18 months of his life to that cause in spite of tremendous personal obstacles and sacrifices. He wanted everyone to feel welcome and resisted the temptation of affiliating with just one sect of Judaism. It became the most active kosher Jewish venue in Los Angeles producing over 260 events benefiting the community.
Parallel to his 28 years in Real Estate, Aryeh developed The Loan Calculator (software), Central Florida Classifieds (publishing), Rich’s Patio – International Beer and Pizza (bar/restaurant). Elected class representative at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, his educational focus was child development psychology. Aryeh served on the regulatory and legislative Boards in Colorado, and mortgage brokers’ association in Florida.
His parents, Barry P. Rifkin and Sandy Key exemplified a socially charged, highly disciplined and principled approach to business and life. They enrolled him in competitive team and individual sports from elementary through college, which taught him the value of both winning and losing.