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We just returned from an urgent trip to Israel where we joined a delegation of 30 Federation lay and professional leaders from over 20 communities organized by The Jewish Federations of North America. We went to show solidarity and to advocate for a resolution to the ongoing judicial reform crisis. We heard repeatedly that our presence was desired, and our voices needed.
Nearly a dozen billboards carrying messages denouncing antisemitism have sprung up across Los Angeles County, with organizers hoping that their messages of love can counter the spread of hate speech.
Our Federation is committed to strengthening relationships with like-minded civic partners to address the city's greatest challenges. Recently, we invited some of those civic partners to our sukkah to honor the key virtues of Sukkot.
Watch as our President & CEO Rabbi Noah Farkas speaks to CNN about combatting antisemitism
Our Federation clears the path for parents of Jewish children and teens across Los Angeles to send their kids to Jewish day school. Check out some of the students whose education we support as they enjoy their first day of the new school year.
For camp counselor Yakiv Berin, it isn’t just another day at sleep-away camp. It’s a welcome distraction from the horrors of war he and his family fled in Ukraine.
Our Federation made the news thanks to the amazing advocacy work of our Civic Engagement team! Together they helped secure funds that will go directly to help aid Jewish summer camps, strengthen security at local Jewish institutions, and more.
Two Los Angeles leaders, Federation Chief Program Officer Becky Sobelman-Stern and Federation Board Member Daniel Gryczman, traveled from the Ethiopian cities of Addis Ababa and Gondar to Israel to witness the reunification of 3,000 Ethiopian Jews with family members who previously made aliyah and had already started to be absorbed into Israeli society.
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.
Our Federation's President & CEO Jay Sanderson visited the town of Ashkelon, where 500 rockets landed in just one day during the recent war. Our partners at the local Israel Trauma Coalition resiliency center are receiving hundreds of calls to help affected residents, especially children, now living in terror.
Shalom. Our Federation’s President & CEO Jay Sanderson, along with other Federation leaders from North America, are in Israel to see what‘s happening on the ground, how our Israeli partners have been impacted, and learn how we can all proactively build a safer, more inclusive, and fair future for all. Here Jay shares the personal reason behind why he has dedicated his life to protecting Israel.
I am writing to you from my seat on an El Al flight headed to Israel. After the frightening antisemitic acts of last week and after over 4,400 rockets rained over Israel, I am proud to be joining a small group of national leaders on a Jewish Federations of North America Leadership and Solidarity Mission.