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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.
Tonight is the eve of Yom Kippur. I can already hear that beautiful melody of Kol Nidre — the same melody and the same words that my parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and their ancestors experienced over the many past generations. As I enjoy those thoughts, there is one thought that transcends them all — Yom Kippur is the culmination of the Ten Days of Teshuvah. Teshuvah is often taken to mean repentance, but it also means “return.” That one thought starts with a question — “return” to what?
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.
We are thrilled that The Jewish Federation’s 9th annual Tour de Summer Camps will be taking place in person on Sunday, October 31st! It’s always an amazing day, and this year’s event is going to be one we’ll always remember as we gather as a community once again. Take advantage of the $35 early bird registration fee and sign up now!
This important and timely event provided tools and facts about antisemitism — or as Ben described it, “anti-Jewish racism” — that can be used to have productive dialogue on social media. Ben reminded us that we are not alone in our fight against the hatred of the Jewish people, we do not need to keep our heads down, an d that the best way to fight hate is with great pride.
Since I returned from my short but impactful leadership and solidarity trip to Israel, I have heard the fears and concerns of many community members (from across Greater Los Angeles and of all ages and denominations with varying political points of view). The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has been the bedrock of Jewish L.A. for over a hundred years, and we remain committed to being that bedrock for the next hundred years.
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.
Take your seat at our virtual table for a conversation with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Twitty and Emerging Philanthropists Co-Chair Bryan Wasser to hear about how food is becoming more of a celebration of diversity and a comfort mechanism in Judaism and for the masses.