News & Features
Even in Los Angeles, it's not difficult to identify with the pain of the Ukrainian people. For Jews, the Russian invasion is all too familiar and at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, fundraising efforts to help refugees have already brought in over $1.5 million.
This week, I focused on how our Federation and our partners care for our entire Jewish community. Across town or around the world, if Jews need help, we are there.
In the last few years, Jason Dice has been to more than 180 synagogues across Los Angeles. Dice recently scoped out a congregation in Beverly Hills.
After last weekend’s hostage standoff at a synagogue in Texas, local and federal authorities held a news conference Friday morning in Los Angeles to address safety concerns for local synagogues.
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.
Our President & CEO Jay Sanderson meets with other global leaders to address the needs of populations living in poverty
Twenty civic leaders representing city, county, state and federal government participated in The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ annual Rosh Hashanah gathering titled “Hear Our Voices: Reflections and Visions for the New Year A Rosh Hashanah Celebration With Civic Leaders” on Monday, Aug. 30.
We are thrilled to announce the next leader of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. After an extensive search, the Board of the Federation has voted and approved Rabbi Noah Farkas to be the next President & CEO. Rabbi Farkas’ official term will begin on January 1st, 2022, but he will begin working at the Federation in November. The Federation’s current President & CEO Jay Sanderson will continue to serve in that role through December 31st, 2021.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the largest public school system in California and the 2nd largest public school district in the United States. In September, the Los Angeles Teachers Union is expected to vote on a resolution urging the U.S. government to cut all aid to Israel. The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles strongly opposes this resolution.
We are deeply concerned about the dramatic rise in antisemitism and direct attacks on Jews worldwide. We condemn last night’s attack on Jews by a pro-Palestinian mob in a restaurant in West Hollywood. Our Community Security Initiative (CSI) is working directly with local law enforcement to make sure that the perpetrators are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Inclusivity is paramount to our Federation and February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). We are proud to feature our work with our partners at The Friendship Circle.
As a year unlike any other comes to a close, we want to share this Jewish Journal article with you that highlights our Federation’s tireless and essential work on behalf of the Jewish community.
The Federation, along with their partners at IKAR, organized and connected a vast network of synagogues and rabbis throughout the city to create a one-of-a-kind event. It brought together Jews across Los Angeles to observe one of our most cherished traditions.