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The events this past weekend at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas are a sobering reminder that antisemitism continues to plague Jewish communities here in Los Angeles and around the world. I am so incredibly grateful for the vital work of law enforcement officials, first responders, and community organizations who ensured that Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker and the other hostages were able to return home safely.
Today I join the more than 130 employees who dedicate themselves to support a kind, protected, and flourishing Jewish community here in Los Angeles and Israel. Since I came on board two months ago, I’ve had nearly 90 individual conversations with staff, leaders, and stakeholders and attended more than 20 events. I’d like to share with you some of what I have learned.
Over 15 months, from spring '22 through summer '23, this highly selective leadership program for passionate Jewish individuals will provide huge opportunities to grow skills through a mix of curated curriculum, hands-on experiential learning, mentorship, high-access professional networking, and an immersive trip to Israel. Participants will graduate with a deep understanding of how to lead systemic change in Jewish L.A. through philanthropy, nonprofit board service, and community partnerships.
NLP provides opportunities and training to elevate the next class of outstanding Jewish civic leaders, empowering participants to hone leadership skills and gain a deep understanding of L.A. Kicking off with a retreat in March '22, NLP continues with an advocacy trip to Sacramento and monthly sessions throughout the year where participants meet and learn from elected, civic, and community leaders and build relationships with peers.
Each year, we select eligible high school seniors to comprise and sustain a talent pool of Jewish young leaders for our community in perpetuity. The Brawerman Fellowship provides an annual $10,000 college scholarship — a total of $40,000 over four years — and participation in a larger program that builds leadership skills and further strengthens Fellows’ connection to Jewish life through retreats, a trip to Israel, and other overseas opportunities.
We stood strong and answered the call and now we are asking you to do the same.
Our Federation cares deeply about making the holidays special for every child ― especially those whose families may not be able to afford it. That’s why we activated our entire community and launched our 16th annual Festival of Lights Toy & Book Drive that provides new toys and books to kids of all ages.
On Sunday December 5th, our NuRoots Initiative for Young Adults partnered with the Jewish Food Society to celebrate the joys and significance of Jewish culture and Jewish food. Together with our special guest speakers, they shared stories about their favorite Hanukkah foods and the importance of preserving and revitalizing Jewish foods.
On Friday December 3rd in Grand Park, we convened elected officials including Mayor Eric Garcetti, our incoming President & CEO Rabbi Noah Farkas, and our civic partners from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds for a powerful event that raised awareness about antisemitism and all forms of hate.
Our Federation continuously identifies and addresses our community’s greatest challenges and opportunities — locally and globally. Below are just a few recent examples of the powerful impact your support makes possible.
A supper club that includes a series of culinary experiences around L.A., that provides a space for the next generation of young Jewish leaders to connect, learn, and inspire.
Our Real Estate and Construction Network came together at The Beverly Hilton to hear from some of L.A.’s finest chefs, Eric Greenspan, Ari Rosenson, Jon Shook, and Sherry Yard.
Our President & CEO Jay Sanderson meets with other global leaders to address the needs of populations living in poverty
This year's Tour de Summer Camps was a huge success! We want to share our gratitude to the over 500 participants who came together to raise $1 million so every kid in our community has the opportunity to enjoy a transformative Jewish summer camp experience. We hope to see you next year.
It was wonderful to be back together as a community to reconnect, network, and hear from Timur Tecimer, CEO and owner of Overton Moore Properties, last Thursday morning at our Federation’s recently redeveloped BAR Center at the Beach.
We are proud to share this week’s Jewish Journal cover story that details the incredible journey of our President & CEO Jay Sanderson and the impact that our Jewish Federation has had on our entire Jewish community under his leadership.
This coming Sunday night, I will stand before almost 500 community lay and professional leaders, my family, and dear friends. They are coming from across this city, across the country, and Israel. This is an event to celebrate my leadership over the past 12 years. It will be a humbling experience.
On the heels of the High Holidays and Sukkot, and as we approach another Shabbat, I feel proud and grateful. When our community faced yet another antisemitic threat — this time in our schools — our Federation mobilized our partners and concerned local parents.
With gratitude, great respect, and some bittersweet emotions, we invite you to the upcoming Celebration of Leadership Honoring Jay Sanderson as he prepares to leave his post as President & CEO of our Federation at the end of this year. Join us to revel in his strong leadership, partnership, thoughtfulness, and vision that have guided our community for the past 12 years.