The Yahalom Family: Healthy, happy, lucky, safe

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Ben and Brittany Yahalom, along with their daughters, Hayden, age 6, and Ella, age 4, embrace each day with a deep sense of gratitude, guided by their family mantra: “Healthy, happy, lucky, safe.” This mantra is more than just words; it’s a daily reminder, prominently displayed by their front door and stamped on a necklace Brittany made for herself.

“As cliché as it sounds,” explains Brittany, “practicing gratitude lies at the forefront of our lives. If we’re having a bad day, we say these words out loud to remember how blessed our lives really are.”

Brittany grew up in Calabasas and now lives in Woodland Hills. “My parents and siblings also live in the area,” she says, “and I know firsthand what a special place this is for growing families. The schools are wonderful. I love being surrounded by childhood friends who have returned to the area with their kids.”

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Ben was born in Israel. The couple first met in 2012 when Brittany participated in a program known as Birthright, which offers young Jewish adults a 10-day heritage trip to Israel. “We dated long distance for more than a year,” Ben shares. “Every few months, we traveled somewhere to meet and spend time together.” It wasn’t long before they realized they were meant to be. To make that dream a reality, Ben followed his heart, moving from Israel to California in 2013 to build a future with Brittany. They tied the knot the following year.

These days, Ben is president of True Classic, a premium men’s apparel company, and calls upon his background in performance marketing and business growth consulting to help the company succeed in its mission, “to make everyone look and feel good.” He also participates in True Classic’s philanthropic ventures, donating clothes to veterans, homeless shelters, schools, and local communities in need. He utilizes his expertise and education, which includes an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, to help companies grow. Living by the adage that education is a lifelong journey, Ben tries to learn something new each day.

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Brittany spent many years as a marriage and family therapist before taking a leap of faith to begin a new business during the pandemic shutdown. After continually tossing out jewelry that tarnished too quickly, she created her own line of affordable, high-quality jewelry. The multi-talented mompreneur learned how to make her jewelry pieces by watching online videos. She soon opened Hayden B. Jewelry, a successful online store named after her firstborn daughter.

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Brittany continues to give back to the community, donating jewelry to different fundraisers that benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and schools within the local district. She also participates in a yearly food drive in her parents’ community, Bell Canyon, and supports other local charities. As a business owner, Brittany recognizes the importance of supporting local businesses and makes a conscious effort to shop small whenever possible.

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Older sister Hayden exercises her athletic side with gymnastics and cheerleading. She and her younger counterpart, Ella, explore their artistic talents during a weekly in-home art class taught by a local instructor and often joined by friends. The sociable girls also enjoy swimming, hosting outdoor dance parties, playing Rummikub, and accompanying their musically inclined dad on the piano.

When they are not busy with work or giving back to the community, the family enjoys dining at their favorite local eateries in The Commons at Calabasas, often bringing their Labrador retriever, Denver, along. Community events, such as the Halloween and Christmas walks at King Gillette Ranch; family-oriented activities in Bell Canyon, like snow days; Easter egg hunts; and visiting the Calabasas farmers market are also some of their favorite ways to spend time together. For date nights, the couple’s go-to spot is Joey in the Topanga Village.

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The Yahaloms enjoy traveling as well. “We love Cabo San Lucas,” notes Brittany. “When we want a relaxing vacation, we try to go somewhere relatively close. You can’t go wrong with the beach, sun, and a few margaritas!” The family has also visited Israel, where Ben’s family resides, and explored such faraway destinations as Thailand, Europe, and Cyprus.

Their favorite times are usually spent closer to home with family and friends. The couple explains, “We’re so fortunate to live in such a beautiful neighborhood, surrounded by like-minded families. It feels like there’s always a friend’s house to visit or someone to meet for coffee. We smile every time we run into familiar faces. It gives us a true sense of community.”

These days, the Yahaloms continue to find joy together. And they always try to keep their mantra top of mind, remembering how grateful they are to live in such a wonderful place.